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Island focus: Govt to propose gamelan to UNESCO

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 11 2018   /  12:46 am
Muhadjir Effendy (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Muhadjir Effendy (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)The government is set to propose that gamelan be added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list next year.

At the opening of the 2018 International Gamelan Festival in Fort Vastenburg in Surakarta, Central Java, on Thursday, Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said that gamelan, as an authentic ensemble of traditional instruments, had been studied internationally, resulting in the sprouting of communities the world over.

He said that, currently, a paper on gamelan, to be submitted in March next year, was being written.

Artists, musicians and gamelan enthusiasts are expected to support the campaign.

“The government has decided to propose gamelan as a nominee from Indonesia, to be sent to UNESCO next year. The discussion will commence in 2021,” he said.

The ongoing festival features dozens of...