ENGLAND - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil inaugurated the Sunda Corner in South Hill Park, Bracknell, during his work visit to England on Sunday (07/21/2019). Emil - as Ridwan Kamil was called - also handed over a number of traditional musical instruments such as a set of degung, a set of angklung, a set of tarawangsa, and a number of Sundanese clothes.
"An angklung instrument produces one note, directed by a conductor and will be a song rhythm, such as bohemian raphsody," Emil said while introducing angklung and wayang golek figures, Cepot, to Mayor Bracknell Town and CEO of South Hill Park Arts Center, Craig Tiley.
The Education and Culture Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in London, A Aminudin Aziz, said that the existence of the Sunda Corner could enrich the development of Indonesian Cultural Arts in England - which is usually associated with Javanese cultural arts such as Yogya, Solo and Bali.
"In fact, the Sundanese are the second largest population in Indonesia," Aminudin said.
The art of Sundanese culture in England has actually been activated by Sundanese artists named Simon Cook. Simon Cook himself is a resident of Bracknell who is also an alumni of Darmasiswa in 1989 at ASTI - now called the Indonesian Arts College (STSI).
It was also one of the reasons Bracknell was chosen as the center for the development of Sundanese culture in England. Simon Cook also expressed his readiness to develop Sundanese culture in England.
"Bracknell has a cultural center that is quite representative for the development of new cultural arts," he said.
Meanwhile, the CEO of South Hill Park Arts Center, Craig Tiley, said that he would make the gamelan gong as a permanent new program.
South Hill Park Arts Center is a cultural center located in London, which often features the world's leading comedy shows, national ballet shows, internal dramas to other annual art events.
Also present the Head of West Java Province Dekranasda Atalia Praratya Kamil, Bogor Mayor Bima Arya, and Head of West Java Tourism and Culture Dedi Taufik Kurohman, in the inauguration of the Sunda Corner in England.