Baku, 18 September 2018. The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, held the Third Indonesian Cultural Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan on 13, 15 and 16 September 2018.
Officially opened by the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendi, MAP and Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, H.E. Mr. Abulfas Garayev, the festival is an effort to bring Indonesia and Azerbaijan closer.
Opened with a 2-hour cultural performance at Heydar Aliyev Palace on 13 September 2018, the festival offered an opportunity for Azerbaijani to get acquainted with the culture of Indonesia. The encounter between Azerbaijani and Indonesian continued during the two days exhibition and cultural performances held at the heart of the city, Fountain Square served as a venue for the Indonesian and Azerbaijani to have a better people-to-people interaction.
"The ICF is a proof that we want to advance Indonesia`s development sectors, including culture and economy, and strengthen Indonesia`s diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan," the Ambassador said.
This year, the cultural performances are varied from traditional dances performed by dancer from Azerbaijan University of Languages as well as from several provinces in Indonesia, like Jakarta, East Java, and Lampung. The festival also offers music from Gambus music, which is mostly associated with Islamic teaching, to Ethno Jazz music performed by Dwiki Dharmawan and friends as well as Amelia Ong.
The delegation coming to Baku from Indonesia for this festival is also varied from officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as several regional governments like Tulang Bawang Barat region, to businessmen of various products such as coffee, clothes and food. All of them came to Baku with determination to get to know Azerbaijan as well as strengthen ties between Indonesian and Azerbaijani.