The last day of the annual Malioboro Apeman Cultural Festival in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, was especially colorful, as approximately 200 community groups and organizations from diverse backgrounds participated in the cultural parade of the festival organized annually by COMA – the Malioboro Street Youth Community.
Putri Pamela Powell is one of the Youth Cultural Media Project interns in AFSC's Greensboro, North Carolina office. Watch the meaningful short digital story she created reflecting on her journey from Indonesia and her understanding of herself as a Muslim young woman.
Life in Indonesian villages is traditionally peaceful—hospitality, mutual cooperation, and tolerance among residents were historically the norm in the country’s multicultural communities.
But acts of intolerance and violence in the name of Islam—the country’s majority religion and one that teaches peace and tolerance—are on the rise.
In a defiant response, youth from village mosques in Yogyakarta asked their neighbors to join them during Ramadan for an artistic exploration of the gender issues and multiculturalism that are under attack.
Jiway Tung participates in a traditional Indonesian dragon dance.
Jiway Tung, AFSC's Country Representative in Indonesia, will visit Dover to describe efforts to bridge the country's cultural divides. "In Indonesia, our identity as peacebuilders shapes our relationship with governments and with partner agencies," he says. "That identity informs where we work and what we work on. AFSC’s program in Indonesia began during inter-religious violence in the late 1990s.
Jiway Tung, director of AFSC's program in Indonesia, will describe efforts to strengthen peaceful inter-cultural ties at a time of when conflict among Indonesia's religious and ethnic groups poses challenges to the country's "unity in diversity" motto. He will emphasize the "Peace Torch" project, which involves youth from varied backgrounds in different parts of Indonesia. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by AFSC.
Hundreds of people gathered recently in the Tegal Terban field of, Yogyakarta, Indonesia to watch the Archipelago Cultural Festival. It featured numerous cultural performances by students and groups from all over Indonesia, and culminated in a commemoration of the Youth Pledge Day celebrating unity and nationalism.
The youth group Archipelago Rainbow Circle, Terban village residents and Jorje TV Station collaborated to produce the festival.
For AFSC’s Area Office of the Carolinas, this year’s Peace Day was much more than a one-day ceasefire. Peace, for us, rather than an absence of violence, is about building community through cultural sharing, celebrating diversity, and developing personal relationships based on respect and trust.
In Greensboro, our Day of Peace was a two-day tour of the city for a visiting delegation from AFSC-Indonesia. We used their visit to highlight aspects of Greensboro’s culture and activism.
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