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To preserve Indonesia's national dance culture as part of the nation's wealth and to introduce Indonesian culture to the Germans, the Indonesian Consulate General in Frankfurt has opened another Traditional Dance Course for kids and adults in 2018. Since 2016, the Consulate General in Frankfurt has opened Indonesian traditional dance classes followed by German and Indonesian citizens, both adults and kids. The dances taught are like Pendet, Yapong , and Ngarojeng, and Merak dances. In early 2018, the Consulate General in Frankfurt started a West Sumatra dance course, planned to be held for 10 sessions. The courses are conducted every Saturday, and divided into 2 classes, namely kids's class and adults' class, The Indonesian Ambassador in Colombo, I Gusti Ngurah Ardiyasa along with several staff of the Embassy organized Indonesian cultural and tourism promotion activities at Wycherley International School, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The event was opened by a Senior Dance Instructor, Indranie Nallaiah, and attended by Wycherlle Principal, Kingsley Jayasinghe. As reported by the Indonesian Embassy in Colombo, at the event, Ambassador I Gusti Ngurah Ardiyasa told the students about the history of Indonesia-Sri Lankan diplomatic relations, its geography, and culture. In addition, the Indonesian Ambassador expressed his appreciation to Wycherley International School for its active participation in the visit of Indonesia’s KRI Bima Suci Open Ship some time ago at the port of Colombo.The students were attracted by geographical facts, and ethnic, linguistic, cultural and religious diversity of Indonesia. They are also very interested in knowing more about the diversity of tourist destinations in Indonesia.

The Mayor of Surabaya in East Java, Tri Rismaharini will be the speaker at the 9th World Urban Forum held in Kota Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 7 to 13 February. The World Urban Forum is a worldwide non-legislative forum which has been organized annually by the United Nations Habitat since 2002. The focus of the forum is on sustainable development and resettlement. Head of Surabaya City Government Foreign Cooperation Sub-Division, Yanuar Hermawan said that the visit of Surabaya Mayor is on behalf of the National Secretariat of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, Surabaya is a representative of Indonesia.He explained that Surabaya is one of the cities that has an important role in the formulation of the new urban agenda script, since it has hosted the Preparatory Committee Meeting of the third Habitat Conference which discussed the zero draft of the new urban agenda document. In addition, the model of urban development undertaken by Surabaya and the development innovation being applied, as well as its role in the formulation of a new urban agenda has been recognized worldwide. Yanuar ensured, the World Urban Forum dialogue will explore the experiences of several countries and regions about the innovation that has been done since 2015 to achieve sustainable development goals and new urban agenda. As a world-level forum, this conference is attended by 193 member states of the United Nations, presenting experts from various fields, including national and regional governments, research and education institutions, UN agencies and other international institutions.


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