Malioboro Festival, the Sounds of Jogja

By Eka Wahyu

Yogyakarta Provincial Tourism Office in collaboration with Arpro Buana Lestari will host the 3rd Malioboro Festival on July 6 to 8, at Plaza Serangan Oemoem 1 Maret Monument (next south to Fort Vredeburg Yogyakarta). Themed Sounds of Malioboro, the festival will be officiated by Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, tonight at 7 pm.

The opening ceremony will also be enlivened by the appearance of Letto Band, as well as the Fashion Show of APPMI (Indonesian Fashion Designers Association) which will present collections from 17 fashion designers and the appearance of several foreign artists.

A collaboration dance titled ‘Yogyakarta Kota Republik’ which tells the history of the merging process of Yogyakarta into the Indonesia Republic will be staged also in the opening ceremony. Sinden singer Sruti Respati from Surakarta, mime Jemek Supardi, and students of Indonesia Institute of Arts Yogyakarta will also take part in the dance collaboration.

During three days arrangement, several activities such as percussion competitions for elementary student will also be held. Street musicians from the Malioboro community will also graced the event. In addition to the activities, a variety of culinary specialties of the traditional and the modern of Yogyakarta will also be peddled. Traditional dance and art performances from various regions in Indonesia will be performed on Saturday.

According to Head of the Provincial Tourism Office, Tazbir Abdullah, the festival aims to expose the cultural and art performances in Yogyakarta as well to establish the famous Jalan Malioboro as one of the city’s icon of cultural and  traditional art performances center.

“Jalan Malioboro has already become the shopping icon to tourists. Visitors are proud when photographed under Malioboro nameplate or with crafts vendors along the sidewalk. Next, it would be another exciting experience to the tourists if they can enjoy cultural and traditional art performances when they visit the street,” he said on Tuesday (3/7).

The entire series of Malioboro Festival is open to public and free of charge. The visitors are welcomed to enjoy the offerings of traditional art performance, culture and cuisine of Yogyakarta.

Check the schedule of performances here.

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