Conservation not only way to advance traditional culture: minister

Conservation is not the only way to promote culture, Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim has emphasized.

This can also be achieved by making a culture popular, he said

“Advancing a culture also means mainstreaming it as an important element in the development of the country,” he stated at the Lake Toba Indonesian Traditional Music Festival (FMTI), held in Samosir district, North Sumatra province on Tuesday.

Traditional music has accompanied the development of Indonesia as a nation with its culture passed down from generation to generation, he observed.

“Continuing to sing traditional music means keeping our solemn and sacred local wisdom alive,” he remarked.

The minister said he expects that through the implementation of the festival, traditional music from the Lake Toba region can become known nationally as well as internationally.

“In 2018, at the Indonesian Cultural Congress, we had established a strategy for the Advancement of Culture as a new directive for maintaining our traditional heritage,” he added.

Hence, the ministry is striving to provide various initiatives of cultural promotion, comprising the Indonesian Traditional Music Congress, which has led to the establishment of the Music of Archipelago Collective Management Agency (LMK MN), Makarim said.

“The agency plays a very important role in advancing culture, especially in helping musicians to get their rights as artists,” the minister remarked.

In addition, the ministry is trying to provide and include lessons on traditional music in formal and informal education so that students can be culture conservation agents, he said.

Saying he greatly supported independence in learning, the minister said he was delighted to see students learn more about their origins by studying traditional music.

“My little brothers and sisters, I encourage you to always maintain your cultural identity and keep creating various artworks,” he remarked.

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National Cultural Week invites society to recognize national identity

The National Cultural Week (PKN) invites the public to recognize national identity as an asset, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology’s Director General of Culture Hilmar Farid has said.

“The implementation of PKN this year, as a culture-based performance in the midst of a pandemic, is expected to ignite the flame and spirit of our culture in society,” Farid stated on Tuesday.

This year, the PKN will be held online due to the situation that had yet to fully recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while carrying “Bright Nusantara, Guiding the Future” as the main theme.

Through this event, the ministry invites the public to re-recognize the identity and cultural treasures of the nation as an asset by adapting them into their lifestyle.

Farid later explained that the 2021 PKN will initiate lifestyle changes, such as turning unsustainable lifestyles into more sustainable living with a cultural touch.

“Our society’s consumption patterns turned into an unsustainable production pattern. Hence, the implementation of PKN will focus on sustainable clothing, food, and housing, as fundamental aspects in the people’s life,” he remarked.

Farid had earlier noted that the Indonesian culture can be a guiding beacon to the new normal life for society. The culture of this nation has been produced through social practices for thousands of years and has been proven to survive to this day.

“We need to find a way out of today’s dilemma by implementing our nation’s culture,” he emphasized.

The nation’s culture is reflected in housing, clothing, food, and others.

Implementation of the 2021 PKN is expected to inspire people to carefully cultivate opportunities from local wisdom in a bid to ensure a bright future for the country.

In addition, through various PKN programs, society is expected to be able to rediscover the wealth of clothing, food, and shelter in order to respond to life’s challenges in future, he stated.

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Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival 2021 showroom for new culinary perspectives

The Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), has long been the city’s annual gastronomic extravaganza. This year, the festival is riding high on the city’s recovery, with an exciting month-long celebration in November that includes digital events as well as physical itineraries. This festival will serve as a bold reminder for foodies around the world that Hong Kong will continue to be at the top of the list of dining destinations in the post-COVID era.

The disruptions caused by the pandemic have not deterred the city from its enterprising ambitions. Despite the uncertainty, plenty of new restaurants have opened in the past year, adding to the already diverse and vibrant F&B scene.

As a “Showroom of New Culinary Perspectives”, this year’s festival will feature a wealth of refreshing experiences, including the innovative elevation of Chinese cuisine, an inspiring line-up of online masterclasses, and a roster of bright and bold F&B personalities, putting the spotlight on some of the brilliant minds that are carving a new niche in Hong Kong’s dining landscape.

New Era of Bartending

Cocktail lovers and green lifestyle enthusiasts should not miss the “Sustainable Cocktail” online masterclass hosted by Agung Prabowo of Penicillin bar, winner of Asia’s 50 Best Sustainable Bar Award for 2021. The award recognizes the creativity and effort that Prabowo and his partners put in to minimizing waste and reducing the bar’s carbon footprint. For example, potato peels are upcycled into bar snacks, and excess pieces of bread and cheese are infused into new spirits.

New Experience in Chinese Cuisine

Worth noting is “Chinese Omakase by Masterchefs”, a concept-driven, outside-the-box Chinese fine dining experience. This concept is loosely inspired by the original omakase-style, whereby a meal’s direction is left entirely up to the chef’s discretion, giving the chef creative freedom and the diner a memorable dining experience. Eighteen master chefs from revered Chinese restaurants across the city will spearhead the programme and showcase their mastery of techniques and innovations. For instance, Chef Chan Yan Tak from the Michelin 3-starred Lung King Heen will take diners on a tasting journey from sea to sky, while Chef Jayson Tang from Michelin 1-starred Man Ho Restaurant has created an innovative menu that is meticulously curated based on the relationship between the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

New Energy to Shake Up Hong Kong’s Dining Scene

A promising line-up of rising culinary stars will be spotlighted in the campaign to acknowledge the city’s trendsetting talent. Chef Sandy Keung is one of the few female players in the male-dominated siu mei (roasted meats) industry with her brand Good BBQ. She also owns a cutting-edge seafood restaurant, which touts a unique ozone-depuration technique.

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Yogyakarta to commence single-gate entry trial for tour buses

The Yogyakarta city government is planning to commence the trial of a single-gate entry system for tour buses this weekend under which the buses will need to apply for entry to Yogyakarta at Giwangan Terminal.

“We will commence the trial this weekend to observe the implementation and potential issues from the trial,” Deputy Mayor of Yogyakarta Heroe Poerwadi stated in Yogyakarta on Wednesday.

Tour buses will be required to apply for a city-entry permit at the Giwangan Terminal following which each passenger’s documents will be checked and the permit will be granted if all the requirements are met, the deputy mayor explained.

A sticker and parking card would be provided to buses passing the checks, which will allow them access to the city’s three reopened parking centers on Abu Bakar Ali, Senopati, and Ngabean roads, he informed.

The tour bus screening is aimed to control bus and tourist entry to the city amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Poerwadi said. He confirmed tourism actors in the city will be notified about the trial beforehand.

Meanwhile, Yogyakarta Transportation Office Head Agus Arif said the requirement of bus stickers and parking cards to access parking centers would ensure all arriving tour buses apply for the permit at Giwangan Terminal.

“Without the bus sticker and the parking card, they cannot access the parking centers, and we will penalize tour buses that park outside the parking centers,” Arif informed.

With a total capacity of 127 buses, the three parking centers can accommodate up to 150 tour buses, which is the average number of tour bus arrivals on the weekends, he said.

Forty extra waiting spaces will be made available at Giwangan Terminal for the permitted tour buses, he said.

The authorities are currently preparing a mobile application, Peduli Jogja (Yogyakarta Cares), to regulate tour bus movement from Giwangan Terminal to the designated parking points at the three parking centers, Arif added.

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Bali to provide travel guidebook to foreign tourists

The Bali provincial government has said it has created a guidebook for tourists on vacationing in the province amid the COVID-19 pandemic as part of preparations to welcome foreign tourists.

“As the government reopened tourism in Bali on October 14 (2021), we compiled a travel guide to be used by foreign tourists,” Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office Putu Astawa said here on Tuesday.

Furthermore, foreign tourists must conduct a five-day self-quarantine at one of the 35 hotels designated by the government once they arrive in Bali, he informed.

“During the quarantine, we urge the tourists to not leave their hotel rooms to avoid the transmission of the COVID-19 virus,” he said.

The guidebook will be handed to the tourist during the self-isolation period, Astawa informed.

It comprises rules on traveling in Bali, for instance, the arrival protocols at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport and the health protocols, which must be implemented when traveling, he said.

“In addition, tourists are required to have health insurance, visas, and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificates. If they fulfill the conditions, they can enter Bali,” he reiterated.

The government is only allowing tourists from countries with Level 1 and 2 confirmed cases and a positivity rate of below 5 percent, he said. Tourists need to submit negative results of RT-PCR tests taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure and accommodation proof, he added.

In addition, the tourists will have to undergo two additional RT-PCR tests – once they arrive at the airport and on the fourth day of the quarantine, he said.

According to Astawa, an increase will be seen in the number of tourists in November or December.

“Currently, Balinese tourism actors are not the only ones who are making preparations, but also the travelers and the airlines,” he added.

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Sustainable fashion is not trend but obligation: IFC

Sustainable fashion is not just an annual trend but an obligation that should be fulfilled by the fashion industry in Indonesia, National Chairman of the Indonesian Fashion Chamber (IFC) Ali Charisma stated.

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors of waste in the world, Charisma pointed out. Europe has applied the concept of sustainability in the last few years through its industry players and consumers, he highlighted.

“Of course, the extent of sustainability can differ,” he noted during a webinar on Monday.

Indonesia should participate in utilizing the concept of sustainable fashion, he emphasized. Despite no industry actors being involved, few producers, designers, and consumers have become aware of the importance of sustainability.

“Sustainability is not just for the branding or marketing strategy but it is also a form of conviction and obligation due to the negative impact of fashion on the environment, namely the oil spill,” Charisma explained.

“We believe that it is important to respond to this. What is important is that we have the will and want to start,” he asserted.
Moreover, Charisma opined that the concept of sustainability does not translate to being apathetic to the world’s trends since they can go hand-in-hand.

For instance, producers and designers utilize eco-friendly materials, and the results could be recycled into new products that would not harm the environment, he elaborated.

Another example will be using leftover materials for other fashion products, so there would not be any waste, he added.

Through these examples, the development of Indonesia’s fashion can still follow the global trend, albeit with the foundation of sustainability and Indonesian materials, he noted.

“We still have to follow the world’s trend in order to compete with the global industry with ready-to-wear craft fashion,” Charisma stated.

Sustainable fashion also holds vast potential in the international market, he noted. Furthermore, the world’s fashion house is transitioning to sustainable fashion in addition to popular brands from the fast-evolving fashion industry, he remarked.

“Sustainability is the new lifestyle. Fashion may have a negative impact, but sustainable fashion has a very large market potential. We cannot miss out on this opportunity,” he emphasized.

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Museums best partners for quality tourism development: Minister Uno

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, has opined that museums would be the best partners for quality tourism development in Indonesia.

“The core values of quality and environmentally sustainable tourism are skilled human resources, visitor satisfaction, product and service diversification, and technology adaptation,” Minister Uno said at a seminar held to commemorate National Museum Day in Jakarta on Saturday.

Museums, which have been among those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, should innovate, adapt, and collaborate to overcome the effects of COVID-19, he added.

Museums should innovate by developing thematic tourism products; utilize the CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environment) certification for tourism destinations for adapting to the new normal and exhibit their readiness to admit tourists; and develop their premises to achieve competitive superiority in enhancing tourist experience, the minister explained. He pointed to academic research that has highlighted the necessity for implementing smart tourism in museums, noting that world-famous museums have implemented smart technologies for a long time now.

“I hope museums in Indonesia could achieve the equal quality as popular museums in the world, such as the Louvre Museum in France, Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, and MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in the United States,” Uno said.

The minister expressed confidence that Indonesian stakeholders are ready to establish museums under public-private partnership schemes to push the development of smart tourism in Indonesian museums.

Four pillars need to be synergized for smart museum development in Indonesia: leadership, human capital, social capital, and innovation, Uno said.

“The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s role in smart museum development is that of a co-creator and co-facilitator for stakeholders to develop museums as a tourism product,” he added.

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VP Amin attends XX Papua PON closing ceremony

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin attended the closing ceremony of the XX Papua National Sports Week (PON) at the Lukas Enembe Stadium, Jayapura district, Papua province, at 7 p.m. Eastern Indonesia Standard Time Friday evening.

Ahead of the ceremony, which was streamed on the YouTube channel of 2021 XX Papua PON, Amin and Mrs. Wury Ma’ruf Amin arrived at the Lukas Enembe Stadium wearing red sports jackets and Papuan headdresses.

The event began with the singing of Indonesia Raya – Indonesia’s national anthem — and was followed by a traditional Papuan dance accompanied by musical instruments arranged by Indonesian music director Andi Rianto.

Besides Rianto, several artistes also enlivened the event, including Nogei, Blasta Rap Merauke, Kork Papua, M.A.C, dan Manggo Rap, NOAH, Saykoji, Iwa K, and Yura Yunita.

The Vice President attended the closing ceremony as part of his agenda for his working visit to several eastern regions of Indonesia, including East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, Papua, and West Papua.

A total of 2,891 joint military and police personnel were deployed to secure the event.

Head of the Deraku Cartenz Ops Task Force, Senior Commissioner Dedy Sumarsono, emphasized that the event prioritized the implementation of the health protocols to curb the transmission of COVID-19.

Furthermore, he informed that all spectators who were admitted to the Lukas Enembe Stadium were required to show their COVID-19 vaccination proof.

“We urge the public to maintain the security and order of the XX Papua PON closing ceremony as well as to conduct strict health protocols by wearing masks, maintaining distance, and not gathering,” he reminded.

Spectrators were only allowed to occupy 25 percent of the seats at the stadium.

Source: Antara News