TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - As many as 99 foreign nationals from 41 countries are taking part in the "8th Java Summer Camp 2019" held in Sleman District, Yogyakarta Special Province, which began on October 11. Some 250 participants are involved in the three-day event themed culture immersion, Chief of the Tourism Destination and Creative Economy Development of the Sleman District Tourism Office Aris Herbandang said during the opening of "Java Summer Camp" Saturday.
"The theme is designed to merge differences among heterogeneous participants," he said.
He expressed the hope the participants would become familiar with the geographical condition and culture of Sleman District both in the eastern and northern parts of the district.
"The Java Summer Camp is aimed at introducing potential tourist destinations and culture in Sleman District," he said.
Besides, the annual event is also intended to introduce the speciality of Yogyakarta as part of a miniature Indonesia, he said.
"Java Summer Camp serves as an agent of information and a means of promoting Sleman," he said
Among the highlights of the event are workshops on Shiva Plateau History (history of temples), Jemparingan Mataraman (Mataram/Yogyakarta-styled archery) and Ramayana Dance and visits to Kedulan Temple, Mount Merapi Museum.
The 41 countries include Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Britain, Germany, Belarus, Belgium, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Cameroon, Congo, Nigeria.
The others are Madagascar, Mali, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Palestine, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor Leste, China and Vietnam. The event concludes on October 13, 2019.