UNESCO Joins the Performances of Art and Culture of Indonesia and International Festival 2014 organized by Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, 23-25 April 2014
A representative from UNESCO took part in the closing ceremony of the Performances of Art and Culture of Indonesia and International Festival 2014 organized by Satya Wacana Christian University (SWCU) held on 23-25 April, 2013. The festival brought together performers from 18 different ethnic groups from the University to showcase the diverse cultural traditions and performances of Indonesia and also from other countries whilst also aiming to increase tolerance and understanding through culture.
Satya Wacana Christian University (SWCU), located in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia, has 14 faculties with 56 study programs. The university is known as “Indonesia Mini” as its 13,000 students come from 31 ethnic groups including Bataknese, Javanese, Sundanese, Dayaknese and Papuanese, and more. Every year the University holds the Week of Art and Culture of Festival to increase tolerance amongst students while also sharing the diverse cultural heritage of Indonesia and the region.
The 2014 Festival opened with the Performances of Art and Culture of Indonesia and International Carnival on 23 April, 2014, which was held in the public streets of Salatiga and which received large attention from the local Salatiga residents. The carnival brought the theme of 'Sinergy in Our Diverse Culture’ and included a number of cultural performances from students from Batak Simalungun, Batak Toba, Kalimantan, Toraja, Poso, Nias, and Papuan backgrounds. For the first time the university also invited delegations from Canada, Nicaragua, Philippine, USA, Norwegian, Italia, France, Costa Rica, India and Mexico who all participated in the event.
Mrs. Diana Setiawati, Project Coordinator for Borobudur at UNESCO, delivered a closing remarks during the closing ceremony conducted on 25 April 2014, in which she thanked the University and students for their strong initiative in organizing the event and sharing its message of cultural diversity and tolerance. Mrs. Setiawati also expressed her admiration of the students creativity in gathering such events and how UNESCO is supportive of such events that promote peace and tolerance to diversity within the country as well as in an international context.
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