INTERNATIONAL MALAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL at RRI-Online
Riau governor Saleh Djasit in Pekanbaru said: hundreds of participants from friendly countries confirmed to attend the International Malay Cultural Festival held in Pekanbaru on August 3 to August 7 2020.
Countries which have confirmed to participate in the festival are: the Netherlands, South Africa, Malaysia, Britain, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and the Philippines. According to Governor Saleh Djasit, Indonesia’s President Megawati Sukarnoputri is to open the festival which will perform cultural exhibition, creative Malay dancing contest, Malay songs contest and poetry-reading contest. The festival is aimed at realizing the 2020 Riau Vision, and expanding, developing and preserving Malay culture as part of the whole nation’s culture.
BALI PROPOSES FOUR SITES AS WORLD HERITAGE SPOTS, RRI-Online
Four areas on Bali have been proposed to become a world cultural heritage site, local government official, I Gde Parimartha, said in Denpasar on Saturday.
Parimartha told Antara news agency that Bali Governor Dewa Beratha has submitted the proposal to the central government, which then would pass it on to UNESCO for further evaluation. The four sites are the Taman Ayun temple in Badung district, the area around the Pekerisan River in Ginyar district, the paddy fields of Jatiluwih village in Tabanan district, and the Bali Barat National Park in Jebrana and Buleleng districts. Parimartha said UNESCO, the UN organization which deals with education and cultural affairs, shall have received the proposal and similar ones from other countries around the world by the end of June. “The proposal was dovetailed with the direction made by a UNESCO team which has visited Bali several times,” he added. Parimartha, also a senior lecturer at the Udayana University’s faculty of letters, said UNESCO seems to have a profound interest in the four sites, even before they undergo a tough selection at the international level.