Attractive carnival model from Jember Fashion Carnival posing and dancing during the opening ceremony of a new mall in Kuningan business district, Jakarta, on Dec. 17, 2011. (Shutterstock/File)
Jember Fashion Carnival (JFC) 2017 that was held from August 9 to 13 managed to attract thousands of photographers from local and international media companies as well as photographer communities.
“There are thousands of photographers who signed up for a permission to cover this event and there are still others who don’t sign up. They all come from East Java, national and foreign media companies. There are also hundreds of photographer communities,” said JFC president Dynand Fariz.
Dynand also mentioned that several foreign photographers have registered via online, “Regular photographers ought to pay for an entrance ticket but media people can get in for free,” Dynand added.
“JFC is such an amazing event that I’m doing a documentary movie about it,” said Garry Talbot, a UK-based TV journalist. “We are mesmerized with the extraordinary ideas and the costumes. I’m very interested in the performers,” he added.
Another visitor from Switzerland named Clo Meunier, who came for the first time, echoed the opinion, “These participants have made such incredible costumes and they made them by themselves even though they’re not a designer. The costumes showcase Indonesian culture. I hope I can visit Jember again next year to watch JFC."
This year’s festivity also commemorated the appointment of Jember as a carnival city.
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Tourism minister Arief Yahya said that Jember Fashion Carnival that has been held for 16 years has inspired other carnivals across the archipelago and have brought home so many international awards and recognitions.
“Everyone admits that JFC is a world-class event which is why tourism ministry has appointed Jember as a carnival city. By turning it into a carnival city, the commercial and financial values will increase,” said Arief.
JFC has won numerous awards for its costumes that are inspired by several regions in Indonesia such as Bali (Best National Costume Mister International 2010 in Indonesia), Toraja Karembau (Best National Costume Man Hunt International 2011 in South Korea), Papua (Best National Costume Mister Universe Model in Dominican Republic), Borneo (Best National Costume Miss Supranational 2014 Poland), Lampung (Best National Costume Miss International 2014 in Tokyo, Japan and Best National Costume Miss Grand International 2016 in Las Vegas, United States), Toraja Tongkonan (Best National Costume Miss Supranational 2015 in Poland), Borobudur (Best National Costume Miss Universe 2015 in Florida, United States), Betawi (Best National Costume Miss Tourism International 2016 in Malaysia) and Garuda-inspired costume (Top 5 National Costume Miss Universe 2016 in Philippines). (asw)
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