Yogyakarta Art Festival Relocates to the Market

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  • A group of models dressed up by traditional make up artist group Paes Ageng in Yogyakarta ready for the Paes Ageng Parade participated by 23 models and 23 make up artists during the Yogyakarta Art Festival 2012. ANTARA/Noveradika

    A group of models dressed up by traditional make up artist group Paes Ageng in Yogyakarta ready for the Paes Ageng Parade participated by 23 models and 23 make up artists during the Yogyakarta Art Festival 2012. ANTARA/Noveradika

    TEMPO.CO, Yogyakarta - The 25th Yogyakarta Art Festival (FKY) will be relocated to the Ngasem Market complex in Yogyakarta this year. Previously, all 24 festivals were held near Fort Vredeburg. 

    "The 25th Yogyakarta Art Festival will be relocated. Ngasem Market was chosen because this former bird market has a historical value in Yogyakarta," said Yogyakarta Special Region (DIY) regional secretary Ichsanuri during the opening of the FKY 2013 at Ngasem Plaza on Tuesday night. 

    Chairman of the 25th FKY Setyo Harwanto, said the festival will include 500 art, culinary and creative economy groups and communities. 

    "Aside from artists, the general public will also be involved so the potential in Yogyakarta can be synergized and help strengthen one another," said Setyo. 

    This synergy is portrayed through the 25th FKY’s logo, which is a colorful weave. The philosophy behind the weave is that it can function as a creative outlet for the public and artists. 

    The festival is scheduled to be held from June 25 to July 5 was not opened by the usual hitting of the gong. Instead, colorful red, blue and purple propellers were launched in the air by Ichsanuri, followed by DIY Culture Department chief GBPH Yudaningrat and Setyo Harwanto, plus the communities involved in the FKY opening. 

    Another unique attraction during the opening night was the Yogyakarta video-mapping project that involved 24 artists, the Acapela Matraman acapella music group, and a disc jockey (DJ). They used the wall of Taman Sari standing tall behind the Ngasem Market as the background for their video. 

    PITO AGUSTIN RUDIANA