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Finding warmth at Folk Music Festival

  • Stanley Widianto

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  03:18 am

Retromania: White Shoes & the Couples Company perform at Folk Music FestivalThe recent folk music festival in Batu, East Java, was a very wholesome event and except for the cold, nothing hurt.The shuttle bus driver that took us down from the Kusuma Agrowisata resort lobby, in Batu, East Java, into the restaurant below could hear my chattering teeth.“It’s 13 degrees outside,” he said. “Maybe it’s because of the lunar eclipse, I don’t know.” That night, the cold wind was not caressing — it was punishing.Finding warmth could mean anything over there; going over to the restaurant, putting on extra layers of clothing or retreating inside a blanket. All of that would distract you from the warmth that the stages of Folk Music Festival (FMF) emanated. Now in its fourth edition, the FMF returned to the open green fields of the resort. Held from Aug. 3 to 5, it categorically fu...