Festival For You, the Land of Papua Unites Cultural Diversity

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The Ministry of Communication and Information held the Festival ‘For you, the Land of Papua’. This event is a series of Teras Negeriku programs through national dialogue and cultural performances from Sabang to Merauke.

The Information and Communications Coordinator of Defense and Security of the Directorate General of Information and Public Communication (IKP) Kominfo, Dikdik Sadaka, explained that this activity aims to unite the diversity of Indonesian cultures. Then, eliminating differences and strengthening brotherhood among Indonesian children.

“We connect the young generation of Papua with youth in Yogyakarta. We communicate with each other through art and culture. Because we are all Indonesians,” said Dikdik at Sleman City Hall, Yogyakarta, Saturday, November 20, 2021.

This activity, he continued, also aims to make Papua feel closer to all Indonesian people, even though it is far from the eastern tip of Indonesia. “Papua must be close to our hearts,” said Dikdik.

Meanwhile, DPD member Yorrys Raweyai assessed that there was a need for a spirit of togetherness and complementarity between the Papuan people and people in other regions in general.

“We need togetherness and complement each other and share that we (the Papuan people) are part of Indonesia,” said Yorrys.

This senior legislator from Papua also asked the government to build a national character, especially regarding issues in Papua. The government needs to convince the people that Papua is an integral part of Indonesia.

“Papua is part of Indonesia. The commitment to the life of our nation and state is final. This kind of activity (the Festival for You Tanah Papua) is one way to bring Papua closer to all Indonesian people,” said Yorrys.

One of the native Papuan sons, Lenis Kogoya, said that the development of the land of Papua is now increasing rapidly. He explained that the roads in the interior villages of Papua are already accessible.

The implementation of PON XX also proves that Papua is capable of organizing a national grand event. Even Papua is successful in terms of organizers and athletes’ achievements.

“Papuan people are now growing to develop the land of Papua. Indigenous people in Papua are also more peaceful in welcoming a prosperous future,” said Lenis.

Lenis hopes that Papua will become a leading and advanced province. He invited the Papuan people to be optimistic about building the land of Bumi Cenderawasih, accompanied by a spirit of togetherness with all Indonesian people.

In this art festival, Kominfo brings together Papuans in Jayapura City, with residents in Sleman City, Yogyakarta. This activity is held in a hybrid manner, young Papuan people who gather in Jayapura City greet each other via virtual with young people in Sleman City, Yogyakarta.