The UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival are indeed a forum in which members of UNIMA can perform and celebrate their culture, puppetry/marionette, and stories. This forum could also broaden the network among UNIMA members. I do hope that this Congress and Festival will be success by the blessings of God.
UNIMA Indonesia National Center was established on December 16th, 2009 in Jakarta. The Declaration of the establishment of UNIMA Indonesia was witnessed and signed by the Chairman of National Wayang Secretariat (SENA WANGI), the Chairman of Indonesian Dalang’s Union (PEPADI), President of UNIMA International Dadi Pudumjee, and the Secretary General of UNIMA International Jaques Trudeau.
The Executive Board of UNIMA Indonesia National Center is as follows:
President : Ambassador T.A.Samodra Sriwidjaja
Vice President : DR. C. Harinowo
Vice President : Mariani Oyong
Secretary General : Susanto Hartanto
Vice Sec. General : Maria Theresia Widyastuti
Treasurer : Maria Yulita Samodra
The councilors of UNIMA Indonesia National Center are:
The establishment of Indonesian National Center for UNIMA was something which had been our aspiration for very long time. We hoped that as a country possessing a long and rich tradition of puppetry, Indonesia might enhance collaboration with the world of puppetry and contribute to advancing the goals and objectives of UNIMA. Since its establishment, UNIMA Indonesia has attended UNIMA meetings and interacted with UNIMA members from all over the world. We have participated in several meetings and puppetry festivals in China, Netherlands, Cuba and elsewhere. We celebrate every anniversary of UNIMA Indonesia by holding a wayang puppetry performance. UNIMA Indonesia has been particularly active in the revitalization of Wayang Potehi, a style of Indonesia puppetry inspired by Fujian Puppetry of China.
Indonesia has stated its bid to host the 23rd Congress of UNIMA International and World Festival in the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali in 2020. The Congress and Festival would be hosted in the Gianyar district of Bali, which is famous as the cultural hub of the island. Bali has often been the venue of various high-level international conferences in the fields of economy, development, politics, social affairs, culture and interfaith dialog. Bali hosted the World Culture Forum in 2013. Bali is well equipped to host an UNIMA Congress, and to showcase a Puppetry Festival of International and Indonesian puppetry for the pleasure of UNIMA members and the general public.
The head of Gianyar District, Anak Agung Gde Agung Bharata has stated his support for hosting the congress and festival. The Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture are offering their interest and support. We also hope for support from the private sector.
Gianyar is a district which is full of art, tradition and culture. Balinese people are very religious, the majority being Balinese Hindus. Dance and also Balinese puppetry are an important part of religious rituals and celebrations in Bali, and children are trained in these arts from an early age. In Ubud and Sukawati markets in Gianyar you can find painting, sculpture, handicraft, batik and hand weaving.
The resort for the Congress itself would be situated in a luxury enclave located on Bali’s southern Peninsula, Nusa Dua. It is located Just 10 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Nusa Dua is an exclusive destination of distinctive style and privilege that has become the preferred location for internationally branded hotels, resorts and conferences.
We hereby hope for the support of UNIMA Councilors present here for our bid to host the 2020 UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival in Bali. We are confident that it could be a pleasurable and memorable event for all of us. May I convey to you all our deepest thanks.
Jakarta, May 15th ,2016
President of UNIMA Indonesia National Center
Ambassador T.A. Samodra Sriwidjaja
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