Indonesia will promote Raja Ampat, a tourist destination in West Papua, in the form of augmented reality at the Janadriyah Festival in Saudi Arabia. “As an honored guest, Indonesia will present the best in the Janadriyah Festival,” said the President’s Special Envoy to the Middle East and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Alwi Shihab, at a press conference at the Saudi Arabian National Guard Ministry in Riyadh.
Based on a press release from the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh, Alwi promised Indonesia would be ‘all out’ at the festival which will open on December 20, 2018. The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia invited Indonesia as the guest of honor at the 33rd Janadriyah Festival. This was announced by Prince Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Bin Ayyaf, Minister of the National Guard and President of the Supreme Committee of the Festival on Sunday (16/12).
The Janadriyah Festival began 21 years ago. The name of the 18-day festival is taken from the name of the village on the northern outskirts of Riyadh where festivals are held annually to celebrate the symbols of Saudi identity. The organizers of the festival are the National Guard, the fourth branch of the Saudi armed forces.
The festival celebrates the national heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia. The festival which lasts for 2 weeks is one of the largest festivals in the world. Activities include a camel race, performance of local music and dancing of the Ardah and the Mizmar. The festivals usually draw more than one million visitors every year.
In its festival pavilion, Indonesia plans to introduce Raja Ampat in the advanced technology of Live Augmented Reality that allows visitors to interact. In addition, all 34 provinces in Indonesia can be seen by festival visitors through electronic screens that become virtual windows.
“Indonesia will showcase various performances of traditional culture and Indonesian films on the festival stage. While in the Indonesian pavilion, visitors can enjoy the richness of Indonesian culture from various provinces, as well as documentation of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia,” Alwi said.
During a press conference, accompanied by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel and Prince Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Bin Ayyaf Al Muqrin. “I really appreciate the Indonesian government as an honored guest who has worked well together for the success of this event,” said Prince Khalid.
Indonesia will carry the theme ‘Unity in Diversity for Strengthening Moderation and Global Peace’. This is in accordance with the poem ‘hiwar bainal hadharat’ which contains the meaning of inter-civilization dialogue, the festival’s main goal.
Indonesia will also present art performances in the form of Rampak Gendhang, Thilung and Angklung, Cupak Plate Dance from Sumatra, Kuda Lumping Dance from Java, Mandau Dance from Kalimantan, Gaba-Gaba Dance from Maluku, Korwar Dance from Papua, Saman and Zapin Dance from Aceh.
Indonesia will also hold a film screening. The titles chosen were Surau and Silek, Iqro, 12 Minutes of Victory forever, Banda the Dark Forgotten Trail, Stepping with Fairy Tales, Moonrise Over Egypt, Knight Kris, Instant Jagoan, Symphony One Sign, Athirah.