“It is an integrated promotion event of trade, investment, tourism and art and culture as part of Indonesia‘s economic diplomacy in Russia,” said a representative of the Moscow embassy, Enjay Diana, on Monday as reported by Antara.
Supported by the Foreign and Tourism ministries as well as various sponsors, the festival features highlighted products, such as coffee, fashion, accessories, palm oil, cuisine and handicrafts in 85 booths.
The event will also showcase various art and cultural performances like traditional songs, dances and music on several stages erected at the venue as well as other locations. To further enliven the festival, visitors can also expect to enjoy wayang kulit (leather puppet) and gamelan shows, a fashion show featuring Indonesian designers, a pencak silat (traditional martial arts) display and traditional wedding ceremony, or join dance and traditional music masterclasses, a batik workshop, an Indonesian language class and a cooking class.
Home to over 147 million people with rapid middle class growth and purchasing power, Russia is a potentially important market for Indonesia. According to Tourism Ministry data in 2017 over 110,000 Russian tourists visited the archipelago, an increase of 37.28 percent from the previous year. (saz/kes)