Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Angklung For the World in 60th Commemoration of Asian African Conference

The flower city of Bandung, capital city of the West Java Province and host of the historical Asian African Conference will reverberate with the sounds of angklung on 25th April 2015 when the Angklung For The World side-event highlights the 60th Commemoration of the Asian African Conference at the Siliwangi Stadium.

About 20,000 people are expected together play the Sundanese traditional bamboo music instrument. This number far exceeds the record achieved in  previous angklung colossal performances held in New York, USA (5,000people) and Beijing, China (10,000). This event is, therefore, to be included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest angklung performance in the world.

Guaranteed to steal the spotlight of the world, this special attraction is presented by the City of Bandung in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.

“Everyone participating in the event will wear the Wonderful Indonesia T-shirt while all angklung instruments  will be decorated with the brand Wonderful Indonesia logo. The event will be covered by international media, captured by photographers from many countries; and  by thousands of gadgets and mobile phone cameras. It will probably emerge as the profile picture of thousands of people’s social media accounts, and awareness of Indonesia's tourism will spread even further” commented Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism of the  Republic Indonesia, concurrently, who chairs the Side-Events.

The colossal cultural event as part of the 60th commemoration of the Asian African Conference is expected to attract national and international tourists to participate and be part of history. Everyone is invited to come and shake the angklung, transforming Bandung into an Ocean of Angklungs, resounding the  harmony of bamboo  to every corner of the world.

Since November 2010, the unique Sundanese ethnic traditional musical instrument has been listed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Considering its worldwide significance, it is only fitting , therefore, that angklung is chosen as the musical instrument to perform at the commemoration of an event that has profound impact in the history of the world.

Angklung is an instrument made from joint pieces of bamboo. It consists of two to four bamboo tubes suspended within a bamboo frame, bound with rattan cords. The tubes are carefully whittled and cut by a master craftsperson to produce the required notes when the bamboo frame is shaken or tapped. Each angklung produces a single note or chord, so several players must collaborate in order to play melodies. There is more to angklung than its soothing harmony as angklung also symbolizes human life. Angklung is not truly an angklung if it consists of only one tube. It stands as symbol  that humans cannot remain solitary; a person  needs others in life. The large and small tubes also illustrate the development of human life.  The small tube illustrates that every person has dreams and desires to become someone ‘greater’, as symbolized by the large tube. As the angklung is shaken, both tubes create a harmony illustrating life (as it should be). (Indonesia.travel)

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