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Culture’s Day 2014

By Student Association of International Program on Science Education (SA-IPSE)

Hoist your anchor! Get your sails up!

Thursday, December 11, 2014. An unusual sight was seen in JICA Building (FPMIPA A) Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. Students wearing sailor costumes were seen running around and foreigners gathered in the parking lot since early morning.

If you wondered what happened, we have the answers. Student Association of International Program on Science Education (SA IPSE) proudly presented “Culture’s Day”, an annual event where students from all around the world who were studying in Indonesia gathered to discover each other’s cultures. This year’s event is themed ‘The Expedition of Cultures’ where the committee provided a ‘vintage sailing’ atmosphere with harbour decorations and matching costumes.

The event started off with an opening ceremony in the center of JICA where international students are greeted with Tari Merak as welcoming dance. Culture’s Day 2014 was open symbolically with the ribbon cutting ceremony by Dean of FPMIPA UPI, Prof. Dr. Asep Kadarohman, M.Si.

After the ceremony, all participants moved to the Auditorium of JICA Building where the main event was held. Activities in the auditorium was dominated by performances; traditional dances, traditional songs, and talk shows, from both Indonesian and international participants. This year, the number of participants hit the mark of 12 countries, namely Australia, Slovakia, Peru, South Korea, and more. All foreign participants, aside from preparing performances, are also asked to bring the traditional food from their countries. The samples of traditional food are available for free only for 100 first buyers of the ticket.

The performances in the auditorium continued until 11.30 am, after which the participants are guided back to the center of JICA for lunch break and more performances from Indonesian performers. During the 1,5 hour period, participants are entertained by contemporary dance performance from Bumsil Dance Crew and live music from ESA and Kemakom. At 1 pm, all participants are guided back to Auditorium and the event continues with more performances, fashion shows and awarding ceremony. Program Studi Seni Tari brought home the award for Best Indonesian Performance, while South Korea, Poland, India and Germany won the awards for Best International Performance, Best Food, Best Costume and Best Talk Show, respectively.

Overall, this event was successful in taking the guests to explore the culture of the world in 9 hours. At the closing ceremony, Chief of Committee Raisha Pujianingrum delivered a speech to thank all committees, guests, and participants, also reminding everyone that culture is something we need to preserve and share, all for the better world and humanity.(SA-IPSE)