Published on : Tuesday, October 17, 2017
To quote I Gde Pitana, ministry’s deputy minister for overseas promotion, “Europalia is more into promoting culture, which includes tourism products. Throughout the partnership between the government of Belgium and the Indonesian government, this event has been officiated and kicked off in Brussels. It will run for 104 days.”
Over 486 artists and historians from Indonesia will be participating in the bi-annual event which offers 226 programs in different cities in Belgium and six European nations like the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France and Poland.
Numerous artifacts made of bronze, gold, wood, silver and stone from North Sumatra, South Sulawesi, Java, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Maluku and Papua are being displayed in the festival.
Besides, there are traditional dance performances like Nani Topeng Losari, Suara Papua and Saman Gayo Lues dances.
Last year, Indonesia greeted over 1,644,827 European tourists. For 2017, until June there were already 818,113 European visitors pouring into the country with growth rate of 17 percent respectively. Approximately 60 to 65 percent of them keen on culture and nature whereas the rest were inclined toward sports.