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Beritabali.com.Denpasar, Bali will have a new event on May 11 – 13 this year, titled Indigenous Celebration 2018. This will be the first ever gathering of indigenous people in Bali, from Indonesia and abroad in a spirit of dance, music, wisdom, education, unity and connection. As a sacred island and also the heart of culture in Indonesia, Bali is the ideal place to hold this important event.
The event involves more than 20 different indigenous groups from Indonesia and also other tribes from various countries such as Aboriginal from Australia, Maori from New Zealand and Nagaland tribes people from NE India. In total 7 countries are represented and 32 different indigenous groups. Indigenous dancers, musicians, storytellers, elders and youth leaders will come together to learn from each other, at The Arma Museum & Resort an ideal location. This will be followed by a 2-day cultural educational event at the Green School, May 14 and 15. This is a private event, however schools from all over Bali and Indonesia have been invited.
This event is presented by Ranu Welum Foundation, an organization based in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, which stand for culture, humanity, environment and the rights of indigenous people. This organization works through media and a combined approach of the new and old ways to mobilize indigenous youth, especially the Dayaks, the indigenous people of Kalimantan Island.
Emmanuel Shinta, a Dayak woman who is the founder of Ranu Welum and also co-founder of the event said that This is an opportunity to honor our culture which we inherit from our ancestors, and to celebrate our identity as the first people of the land with all the wonderful gifts that we possess. There are seven Dayak groups from different areas of Kalimantan that will come.
She felt so proud that Dayak people who used to be labeled as ‘jungle people’ or ‘scary headhunters’ now leading the youth indigenous movement to be recognized by this country and an international audience. This is the time to give room for indigenous people to be accepted not only with our beauty but also with our struggles, and to walk together with non indigenous in a spirit of unity and collaboration.”
David Metcalf, also co-founder of this event, has spent many years of his life supporting indigenous communities in various places. His love for culture and indigenous people has led him into taking the step of initiating and conducting this huge event.
“Through this event, I hope to combine youth with the “wise ones”, the older generation who hold so much wisdom and knowledge but is often buried away and can be lost forever. We simply cannot let that happen. I am so happy to see more young indigenous leaders rise up with incredible power to build their communities and preserve their culture. This stage is all for them!,” Said David.
Over 180 indigenous performers will celebrate and share on the stage. Some come from the rivers, villages and communities and most have never been to Bali before. Many of the groups will blend a mixture of youth and older generation so that the culture is passed on to the younger generation. With Antida Music Productions as the organizer, David and Shinta hope to attract more sponsorships to support the indigenous groups to join and hope that the Bali community support this event by coming along and participating.
This is non-profit event, and money left from the ticket sales and sponsorships will be donated to registered Indonesian Yayasan and charities that preserve the culture and environment of indigenous communities. All schools are welcome to attend the daily workshops at The Arma and Green School educational session, which is free of charge by arrangement.
Tickets are very reasonable for an event like this with tickets for the nighttime performances from just Rp 250,000. Three-day tickets can be purchased from 600,000 and students are half price, children under 12 free. (bbn/rls/rob)