By Amina Nazarli
Indonesia is one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world, where one can see stunning ocean views as well as volcanoes, mountains and hills. Rich in history and culture, Indonesia is one of the most densely populated states in the world, home to about 300 peoples.
Usually Indonesia is called the "Land of Thousand Islands", wishing to emphasize that this is the largest island nation in the world. Rich culture, unique nature, flora and fauna, architecture, traditions and history take visitors of this country to a fairytale world.
Bakuvians and guests of the city were able to familiarize with the colorful Indonesia during the second Festival of Indonesian Culture organized with the assistance of the Indonesian Embassy in Azerbaijan and dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the countries.
Visitors could experience true Indonesia, diverse, colorful and multicultural. Various cultural events, dances and musical performances from different regions of Indonesia were presented during the festival.
Open-air celebrations and performances of musicians and bands were held in Baku Boulevard, where Bakuvians and guests of the city could see how the masterpieces of Indonesian art are created.
The famous Indonesian jazz musician, Dwiki Dharmawan, and folklore dance groups showed their amazing performance at the Heydar Aliyev Palace.
Indonesian Ambassador Husnan Bey Fananie, speaking at the event, expressed satisfaction with the fact that Baku hosts this festival for the second time.
“Indonesia and Azerbaijan act as allies in a number of international forums. As for the festival, it is held as a sign of solidarity with the people of Azerbaijan, in particular, with internally displaced persons who suffered as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he said.
The ambassador drew attention to the fact that 1,340 ethnic groups live in Indonesia, adding that Azerbaijan is also famous for its rich culture and multinationality.
“Both our countries realize the importance of developing tolerance and solidarity. Diversity enriches us. I am confident that this festival will play the role of a bridge in uniting efforts aimed at the benefit of Azerbaijan and Indonesia,” the diplomat said.
The Center for Contemporary Arts YARAT hosted a concert of the mega-positive group KunoKini, as well as the display of mural art - contemporary wall patterns and paintings. All events aroused great interest of Baku citizens and guests of the city.
Amina Nazarli is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @amina_nazarli
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