The Jakarta Post
An Indonesian folklore festival that is opening on Oct. 28 at the indoor tennis stadium in Senayan, Jakarta, aims to encourage university students to appreciate and preserve their literary culture.
Organized by the Indonesian State University Alumni Association (Himpuni), Festival Folklor Nusantara (Nusantara Folklore Festival) also seeks to unite youths from different universities across the archipelago through their shared cultural diversity.
Nusantara means archipelago, and is often used as a moniker for Indonesia.
Antara reported that the festival highlight was to be a competition featuring student choirs from state and private universities.
"The participants of the competition on Oct. 27 will also have the opportunity to join a choral clinic [workshop] taught by renowned and experienced teachers," Himpuni coordinator Budi Karya Sumadi said in a statement on Tuesday.
All participating university choirs will be required to sing a selection of national and regional folk songs. The winning choir will be awarded the President Trophy and Himpuni Trophy, as well as a Rp 200 million (US$13,682) cash prize. (kes)