Borobudur Writers & Cultural Festival 2015 Gunung, Bencana Dan Mitos Di Nusantara Mountains, Disasters And Myths In Nusantara (The Archipelago).
The 4th Borobudur Writers & Cultural Festival, makes yet another return from 12-14th November in Jogjakarta and also Borobudur Temple province, in Central Java. This event has been continuously maintained and organised hand in hand with PT. Taman Wisata Candi (TWC) with the theme: Mountains, Disasters and Myths in The Nusantara (Indonesian Archipelago).
This partnered event serves as a means to uplift the abundance of knowledge and culture in the Archipelago or Nusantara and takes its inspiration from the Borobudur Temple as a source of learning, focusing on the philosophical values that entail it. This 3-day festival will be filled with all sorts of education seekers from all sorts of disciplines including but not limited to, culturists, Literati, academics both foreign and local and also the keen observers of the Archipelago’s history- this is where the annual event promotes the exchange of ideas, their thesis, works and of course more importantly to strengthen ties amongst one another.
This event will start with a dialogue session at Hotel Inna Garuda, Malioboro Yogyakarta, in partnership with the Inna Group on November 12th. The main event on 13-14 November will be held in Magelang, in Hotel Manohara – TWC Borobudur Temple, in the village of Gunung Sumbing and also a focus on Rumah Semar – in a seminar, musical performances, mountain arts, poetry reading, film screenings, photography exhibitions, book fairs and also honours presentation.
This Seminar is split into three sessions with a focus on mountains. The first will kick off with the topic of “Volcanic Eruptions and Traditions in The Archipelago”. This session talks about the traditions that are lost during the historical eruptions of Mount Tambora in NTT, Mount Merapi in Central Java, and the mysterious giant crater lake of Toba in North Sumatera. The topic for the second sessions is “Mount Padang and its controversies”. This session will discuss the difference in seeing Mount Padang as a high cultured traditon or naturally formed nature. These two differing points of view will be thoroughly discussed with strong academic views which are equally just as strong and valid. Then thirdly, the following session will be discussing the topic of “Myths and Mountains in The Archipelago”. This session will discuss the meanings of the different mountains related to the mountains within the Archipelago.These archaic mountains have long been mashed into the practice of the daily lives of the people in the Archipelago. This session will showcase the endless mountain cultures in many different places within the Archipelago.
The topic of mountains and traditions in the Archipelago is further reinforced with a photo exhibition, in partnership with Bentara Budaya. This exhibition showcases photos of Mount Tambora in NTT and Mount Penanggungan in East Java. Mount Tambora will always be remembered for the volcano which has the largest eruptions which in its case, destroyed an entire civilization around it and caused complete darkness in Europe for 2 whole years. Meanwhile, Mount Penanggungan serves as the hub for the spiritual cosmic life during the Majapahit reign.
The exciting point of BWCF comes during the collective march towards the village near the foot of the mountain and a showcase of “Seni Gunung” or “Mountain Arts” from the Komunitas Lima Gunung. Part of the arts in this village held at Mount Sumbing requests all those presen to experience the elements of the mountain through the community’s arts. There, we’ll observe the mountain from way back until now, where it sprouted much energetic cultures along with it. We’ll also enjoy poetry reading, all related to mountains in “Puisi Gunung”.
At the end of BWCF will be handing the Sang Hyang Kamahayanikan Award to the most deserving person who, after all this while, has dedicated much of his/her life to the mountain matter within the Archipelago. This will hopefully increase the precious wealth towards the cultures and traditions in the Archipelago.
This annual cultural event is held especially to heighten and improve the value of Nusantara cultures. Cultures within the Archipelago serves as cultures that will stay alive for a long, long time to come through the process of constant negotiations within the influential parties involved. Within this process that’s been held for thousands of years since, we’ll find certain things that are still hard to pinpoint its evolution. The cultural scope of South East Asia stretches from ancient time’s right up till today.
This is where the BWCF hope to probe and discuss again the civilisations, cultures and traditions within the Archipelago. Within BWCF, any and all topics pertaining to the Archipelago is important and useful in arranging the cultural landscape. At this point, it hopes to increase pride, respect, honour, and benefit to those living and experiencing culture within the Archipelago.
In BWCF 2015, our honoured guests include I Made Geria (archaelogy), Indyo Pratomo (geology), Sugeng Riyanto (archaeology), Danny Hilman Natawidjaja (geology), Sutikno Bronto (geology), dan Lutfi Yondri (geology), Hadi Sidomulyo (historian and heritage conservation specialist), Ayu Sutarto (linguist), Hawe Setiawan (academist), M. Subagyo (manuscript researcher), Ahmad Arif (disaster journalist), Surono (volcano specialist), Eka Budianta (poet), Joko Pinurbo (poet), Gunawan Maryanto (theatre/poet).