Azerbaijan’s capital Baku hosted a concert, reflecting Indonesia’s rich and colorful culture. The concert was held within the framework of the 3rd Indonesian Cultural Festival. The diversity of the program was the main distinguishing characteristic of this year’s festival. A large delegation headed by Muhajir Effendy, the Indonesian Minister of Culture and Education attended the event. The minister said that the festival is aimed at bringing a deep insight into the rich culture of his country.
“This festival proves the positive dynamics in the diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Azerbaijan. Diplomatic ties were established in 1992. We actively and successfully cooperate within the international organizations, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and ISESCO. The people-to-people relations are also at a high level. The Indonesian government is committed to continuing its cooperation with brotherly Azerbaijan,” the minister highlighted.
Addressing the event, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev highlighted the friendly relations between the two countries. According to him, both countries share common position within international organizations.
“Since 1992, the political, economic and diplomatic relations between our countries have been steadily growing. One of the main facts proving this is the high-level mutual visits between our countries that are realized every year. The Indonesian government attaches a great importance to all the events held in Azerbaijan and actively participates in all of them. In particular, we are closely following the ISESCO organizaton that united the Islamic world,” Abulfas Garayev said.
The presence of more than 300 ethnic groups and local religions throughout the country is one of the key factors that makes Indonesia a country with cultural diversities. Every island, every town, even a small settlement have their own traditions, local culture and even their own religion.
Colorful Indonesian dances was received with much applause and admiration
The audience was also fascinated by famous Indonesian jazz singer Amelia Ong’s performance.
The festival themed “Keeping the Archipelago the Greatest Culture Alive” will last until September 16. During the event, the participants will be closely acquainted with the Indonesian archipelago cuisine, national dresses, handmade items, coffee, tea and other products.
The third Indonesian Cultural Festival will feature several side events, such as a business matching between Indonesian and Azerbaijani entrepreneurs, visits to some universities in Azerbaijan, multicultural seminars, art dialogue, Indonesian fashion forum and Indonesian music showcase.