SWEDEN – The Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil officially opened the Indonesian Village event at Kungstradgarden, Stockholm, Sweden on Friday (7/26/2019). The angklung performance from Saung Angklung Udjo opened the event which is held by the Embassy of Indonesia in Stockholm.
“I came here carrying 200 people from Indonesia, to showcase culture, bring our tropical fruits, and all handicrafts from our cultural wealth,” he said while giving a speech.
Emil – the nickname of Ridwan Kamil – said, bamboo has a long history in Indonesia. Besides being the basic material in a number of traditional musical instruments, bamboo is also the basic material in making several infrastructures, such as bridges.
“This angklung is a musical instrument from bamboo. Because in Indonesia’s long history, we made everything from bamboo, including bridges, houses, tableware, and musical instruments. Hopefully, you can enjoy (appearance),” he said.
On the same occasion, Emil also explained, a number of potentials of Indonesia, especially West Java. Starting from the population to economic growth. He also hopes that Indonesia-Sweden can establish cooperation in various sectors.
“We (West Java) have 50 million residents, five times more than Swedish citizens. My Instagram followers are 10,7 million people, also more than the Swedish population. We (Indonesia) have a strong economy now, we are growing 5 percent, and currently we are the 13th largest economy in the world according to the G20,” he said.
“And in the next 30 years, if we have good cooperation in the economy with Sweden, Indonesia will become the fourth or fifth largest economy country in the world,” he continued.
Emil also did not forget to thank the Embassy of Indonesia in Stockholm for organizing the Indonesian Village. With the existence of Indonesian Village, he said, Swedish society became aware of Indonesia’s cultural wealth, especially Tanah Pasundan.
“I would like to thank the Embassy of Indonesia in Stockholm for making this ‘Indonesian Village’. We have 17 thousand islands, 400 languages, and many cultural variations ranging from music, dance, and clothing,” he concluded.