By Naila Huseynli
Solemn opening ceremony of the third Indonesian Cultural Festival was held at the Heydar Aliyev Palace on September 13.
Before starting the concert the participants of the event got acquainted with the Indonesian culture and art exhibition at the lobby of the palace. The photo-exhibition reflecting the nature of Indonesia was also met with a great interest.
In the opening of the festival, Indonesian Culture and Education Minister Muhajir Efendi expressed his satisfaction with his visit to Azerbaijan. He said that the third annual festival under the slogan "Keeping the Archipelago the Greatest Culture Alive” is presented with more interesting and rich programs from year to year. The Minister noted that this year's festival is more remarkable. Also, the festival falls to the 73rd anniversary of Indonesia's independence.
Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Abulfas Garayev welcomed all the participants of the festival on behalf of the country's leadership. The festival will contribute to the expand relations between the two countries, create conditions for the people to get to know each other better and implement numerous joint projects in the future.
After the speeches, the opening ceremony of the festival continued with a concert program. First of all, the performance of Tubaba Pakem dance group from Indonesia was performed. Then, event participants listened to the performance of the famous jazz musician of Indonesia Dwiki Dharmawan. Azerbaijani students of Azerbaijan University of Languages together with Indonesian professional dancers presented traditional and national dance of this country. The subtleties of self-defense art organized by the Indonesian and Azerbaijani Pencak Silat Federations have also been demonstrated.
On the second and third days of the festival, exhibitions and various events will be held in Fountain Square. Participants of the event will get acquainted with the Indonesian archipelago culinary and watch the cultural heritage, diversity and beauty of this country through exhibitions. The fair will also be organized with the Indonesian national clothes, souvenirs, hand-made items, coffee and tea and other products within the framework of the festival. Along with Indonesian businessmen, the country's science and culture figures are also participating in the festival.
The first ever Indonesian Cultural Festival was held in Baku in 2016. The two-day Indonesian Cultural Festival brought together groups of artists who presented traditional music, folk dance-music and more.
The second edition of the festival was held last year and featured a fascinating performance of world-famous jazz musician Dwiki Dharmawan, Indonesian traditional dances and much more.
In 2017, around 3,500 people attended the festival, enlivened by various art performers from Indonesia, including the famous Indonesian jazz musician Dwiki Dharmawan with his band, the young traditional music group Kunokini, dance performances from some of the provinces in Indonesia, fashion show of Indonesian tenun (Indonesian traditional weaving fabric), performance from Pencak Silat (Indonesian traditional martial art), Indonesian Mural Art Showcase.
Indonesia recognized Azerbaijan’s independence on December 28, 1991. Bilateral relations between the two republics were established on September 24, 1992. The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Indonesia was established in 2006, while the embassy of Indonesia in Azerbaijan was opened in 2010.
Indonesia is interested in developing relations with Azerbaijan in the fields of tourism, trade and investment. Azerbaijan is the third largest trade partner of Indonesia. The country is interested in making mutual investments with Azerbaijan in the oil and gas sphere.
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