December 19, 2020, 03.28 AM

The Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture hailed UNESCO’s decision.

“The designation of Pantun as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage are due to [Pantun] practitioners, communities, and other stakeholders,” said the Ministry’s Director General for Culture Hilmar Farid in a press release on Friday, December 18.

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Indonesia’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO Surya Rosa Putra reiterated Hilmar.

“[Pantun] is the first [art form] that Indonesia jointly proposed with another country. The designation of Pantun [as an Intangible Cultural Heritage] shows its meaning to both Indonesia and Malaysia,” he said.

“[Pantun] also reflects [Indonesia and Malaysia] as two countries with common roots with a shared identities, culture and traditions. We hope to make Pantun a part of [Indonesia’s] creative economy by having it taught in schools, workshops and other artistic activities.”

He added that Indonesia and Malaysia are planning initiatives involving practitioners of Pantun in both countries to maintain its status as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Indonesian has 11 cultural traditions listed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages. Other traditions on the list are the Pencak Silat martial arts, Pinisi ships, and Batik cloths.

(Writer: Dandy Bayu Bramasta | Editor: Inggried Dwi Wedhaswary)


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