The Padang City Administration is set to hold Padang Indian Ocean Music Festival (PIOMFest) on Dec. 8 – 10. (Shutterstock/File)
The Padang City Administration is set to hold Padang Indian Ocean Music Festival (PIOMFest) on Dec. 8 – 10.
This festival will be joined by members of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).
PIOMFest is a music festival held to bring together members of IORA and their partners.
The event is also one of the ways for Padang to increase its number of tourists.
“PIOMFest will become an annual event because it adds more attraction to Padang City that is focusing on tourism development and attracting tourists’ interest,” said Padang tourism department head Medi Iswandi.
Additionally, Padang was once chosen as the host of the annual IORA Conference.
PIOMFest curator Edy Utama said that the event is similar with Sawahlunto International Music Festival that puts the spotlight on ethnic music.
“Padang is one of the important locations from 21 countries that are adjacent to the Indian Ocean, plus six more partner countries such as Japan, China, France and addles. This network is called IORA and one of its main goals is to develop a cultural partnership. Gradually, we hope that members of IORA or partner countries will perform at PIOMFest,” Edy said.
There are 21 countries and six partner countries that are invited to come to PIOMFest.
The first PIOMFest event will showcase musicians from four countries: India, Singapore, Japan and Indonesia.
From Indonesia, musicians who will perform at the event are Brevin Tarigan from Medan, Dol Arastra from Bengkulu, Taufik Adam from Jakarta, Riau Rithym Chamber from Riau and Talago Buni, Nan Tumpah Community, Sanggar Dayung-Dayung, Musik Gamad Music Group and Grup Gamang Long Se Tong from West Sumatra. (asw)