More than 400 guests were entertained with music, song and dance of Malaysia at the Usmar Ismail Hall in Jakarta tonight as part of the Best of ASEAN Performing Arts series. Themed “1Malaysia: Harmony in Cultural Diversity”, the night featured the Malaysian Traditional Orchestra, Istana Budaya Malaysia, Dua Space Dance Theatre and the Asthana Dancers. Up-and-coming artiste, Muhammad Ikhwal, and singer Noryn Aziz, both of whom were gold medalists at the 2008 World Championship of Performing Arts held in Los Angeles, also entertained the crowd.
The hour-long performance was in three segments. The first segment told the story of the country’s roots and the beginning of a multi-racial and multi-cultural Malaysia of today. The second segment introduced Malaysia as a modern country with Kuala Lumpur as a vibrant city of culture and as an international centre for the arts. The final segment featured Malaysia in one rhythm and one movement, depicting the various peoples all living together harmoniously and striving in unison for a prosperous Malaysia.
The event was attended by Malaysia’s Minister of Information, Communications and Culture, H.E. Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim; Indonesia’s Secretary-General of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr Wardiyatmo; Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, Jakarta-based diplomatic corps and other dignitaries in Jakarta, as well as members of the public.
Delivering his remarks at the event, Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan said, “For ASEAN, the South East Asian cultures are a source of strength. They inspire creativity and help build a sense of community among the people of the region. Through this series, we demonstrate our respect for the diversity of cultures, tolerance, dialogue and cooperation.”
Initiated by Dr Surin, the Best of ASEAN Performing Arts is a series of cultural events that showcases the richness and diversity of performing arts in the region. The purpose of the series is to promote ASEAN awareness through the region’s rich and diverse cultures as well as to acknowledge the important role that Jakarta has played as the host city of the ASEAN Secretariat.
The event, the fifth in the series, was co-organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia, with support from the Office of the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to ASEAN and the Embassy of Malaysia in Indonesia.
For the remarks by Dr Surin, please click here.
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