The two-day Jazz at Fort Rotterdam in Makassar, South Sulawesi has taken the opportunity to raise support for a movement encouraging people to cast their vote for Komodo Island as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
One of the performing musicians, Dwiki Dharmawan, called on the audience to give their vote.
“The Komodo dragon lives only in Indonesia. We should lend our support by voting,” said the musician, who appeared with the Krakatau Band for the World Peace Orchestra.
At the festival, the Culture and Tourism Ministry which worked with the committee set up a computer, allowing audience members to vote for Komodo.
The ministry’s marketing director general, Sapta Niswandar, said the vote is crucial to ensure the world helps protect and preserve the world’s largest lizard. Komodo Island is one of 28 finalists for the new seven wonders of the world. Out of the 28, seven winners will be announced on Nov. 11 next year.