‘Crossroad of Cultures: Bamiyan and Borobudur’ Exhibition in Yogyakarta and Borobudur
UNESCO Office, Jakarta, in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia, successfully launched an exhibition entitled “Crossroad of Cultures: Bamiyan and Borobudur” on 10 January 2017 at Galeria Mall, Yogyakarta and on 20 January 2017 at Karmawibhangga Museum, Borobudur, Magelang. The exhibition was organised under the framework of UNESCO project “Promoting Intercultural Dialogue through Capacity Building Training for Museum Development at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia and Afghanistan,” funded by the Government of Indonesia
The exhibition aims to raise awareness on the importance of conserving and safeguarding cultural heritage, and to develop cross-cultural dialogue and understanding between Indonesia and Afghanistan through the two iconic World Heritage sites: Borobudur Temple Compounds and Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.
The opening ceremony in both locations was attended by more than 100 government officials from Yogyakarta, Magelang, and other cultural heritage sites in Indonesia, academics, representatives from both public and private museums in and around the area, local NGOs, local communities, and the media. UNESCO-assisted communities from Borobudur and Prambanan, that are Batik Borobudur, Batik Wanurejo, Galeri Komunitas Borobudur, Jumputan Candi Ijo, and Batik Sojiwan, showcased their local products during the exhibition. Dr. Harry Widianto, Director of Cultural Heritage Preservation and Museum, opened the exhibition in Borobudur, stating that the two World Heritage Sites had strong Buddhist values and yet they were located in countries with high population of Muslims. “This is an evidence to the world that even though we have different religions, we continue to conduct safeguarding efforts towards our historic sites.”
A series of side events, such as Creative Industries Exhibition and Workshop, Lecture Class, Heritage Education Workshop for Junior High School Student, and English Story Telling Competition for Senior High School Student were also conducted to increase public awareness about World Heritage sites to eventually encourage public appreciation of their significance and contribution to promote peace and dialogue. The exhibition and the side events amassed high interest and positive feedback from the visitors, ranging from local and international guests, community representatives, students, and many others.
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