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Indonesia's Artifacts Showcased in Shanghai

2010. 25 February

by Elly Setyo Rini
( Two thousand and two hundred Indonesia’s original art and cultural artifacts were sent to Shanghai, China to be placed in the Indonesian pavilion at the 2010 International World Expo Shanghai China (WESC).

Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu and officials from the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism symbolically released the artifacts at Halim Perdana Kusumah airport on Wednesday, February 24.

“The challenge is to make a unique pavilion in order to attract the visitors from China and all over the world expected to reach 70 million people,” Pangestu said.

According to her, the artifacts have been gathered and sorted out in the past two years by going around the country.

The artifacts will be displayed for six months from May 1 to October 31, 2010. They include ethnic musical instruments such as drums and guitars from various regions, farming tools, architectural goods and their ornaments, vehicles like becak, which has signature traditional design, ancient cloths, keris (Indonesian traditional weapon), jewelries, masks, and fish-catching tools.

Some of the artifacts, such as the wooden ships of the Asmats, Kamoros and Sentanis and the tifa (the Asmats’ traditional musical instrument) are contributions from PT Freeport Indonesia.

PT Freeport Indonesia President Director & CEO Armando Mahler said Asmat culture has been well known internationally. A museum of Asmat culture has been established in the US.

“Every year, there’s always Asmat Festival. Their works of literature are scattered around the world. This means that the world recognizes our culture,” Mahler said.

The Trade Minister also expects the expo will not only to boost trading, but also increase the number of investments and improve tourism.

Translated by: Nataya Ermanti