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Commemorating World Tourism Day 2014, the capital city of Jakarta will come alive with a cultural Fiesta from across the archipelago in a special event called “Gebyar Budaya Hari Wisata Dunia 2014” or World Tourism Day Cultural Fiesta, which is to take place on Saturday, 27th September 2014, at the National Monument.

Initiated and presented by the Office of Tourism and Culture of Jakarta, the event will last for a full day from morning to evening.

The Head of Tourism and Culture Office of Jakarta, Arie Budiman, stated that the Cultural Fiesta is aimed to reconfirm Jakarta as the hub of Indonesian cultural activities and tourism, and to showcase the widediversity of traditional cultures from all over the Indonesian Archipelago.

Also intended to provide entertainment for the general public, with special

attention to Jakarta’s own residents, visitors to the festival will not be charged admission fee so that all can enjoy the many cultural attractions. ” Everyone is welcome to join the festivities” said Arie Budiman at the Jakarta City Hall on Tuesday (23/9) as reported by bisniswisata.com.

“ World Tourism Day is an important momentum for Indonesia to continue exploring and developing the country’s tourism potentials” explained Arie Budiman.

The event will also feature various tourism services including in culture and heritage tourism; nature and ecotourism; and also recreational sport tourism such as surfing, diving, sailing, golfing, cycling, and marathon run. There will also be a Creative Industry Exhibition, the Nusantara Archipelago Carnival, music performances, and a Massive Dance performance. All programs during the event will carry the theme“The Colors of Jakarta for the World”.

The mass dance will involve one of the country’s top directors, Rama Soeprapto, who combines a number of traditional dances from parts of the archipelago. The dance performance will involve at least 50 dancers and 30 musicians. For the Nusantara Archipelago Carnival, around 20 communities consisting of approximately 250 dancers will showcase their finest performance. The creative industry exhibition will feature over 30 booths of small and medium enterprises, while the music stage will see the performance of some of the country’s rising stars such as Angel Pieters, Gio, Ubay, and Yuka.

“ Featured during the festival will not only be the Betawi Culture of Jakarta but also all the colorful dances from Sabang in Aceh on the Western tip of Indonesia to Merauke in Papua on the country’s eastern tip ” added Arie Budiman.

World Tourism Day was designated by the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and commemorated annually on 27th September 2014. The date was chosen since on that day in 1970, the Statutes of UNWTO was adopted, signifying a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of the commemoration is to raise awareness of the important role played by Tourism in the international world and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

This year, the theme of World’s Tourism Day is ”Tourism and Community Development” which focuses on the ability of tourism to empower people and provide them with skills to achieve change in their local communities.

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The National Monument

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Jakarta Exhibitions and Performance Venues

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The Bank Mandiri Museum

Monetary History in the Bank of Indonesia Museum