THE 5th ANNUAL MADE IN INDONESIA FESTIVAL
ACHA PRODUCTIONS, a Maryland-based event organizer company, is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual MADE IN INDONESIA FESTIVAL will be held on October 2, 2016 at Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland. The exhibition will start from 11 am to 6:30 pm, while the arts and cultural performances will start from 1 pm to 6:30 pm.
The Made in Indonesia Festival aims to introduce the Indonesian culture to the American public, especially in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. It is a unique event that offers an authentic Indonesian experience through performing arts, workshops and exhibitions by local and out-of-state Indonesian artists and entrepreneurs. Founded and organized by ACHA PRODUCTIONS, the Made in Indonesia Festival is the first Indonesian street festival in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.
Last year, the festival was a huge success attended by thousands visitors. The 5th festival will be held at the same place with similar setting and exposure. “In the 5th festival, we are not only building a strong inter-cultural understanding and communication between communities of Indonesia and communities in the US, but also introducing our potential Indonesian products like batik and coffee to the local markets. Our theme this year is Batik and Coffee,” said Maya Naratama, the Founder and Festival Director. The organizer selects this theme to celebrate International Coffee Day on October 1 and Indonesian National Batik Day on October 2.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Indonesia is the fourth largest coffee producer in the world, producing between 650,000 to 750,000 tons of coffee beans a year. Some of the Indonesian coffee products, such as Sumatra and Java coffee, can be enjoyed in many local coffee shops, including Starbucks. Batik is the traditional fabric of Indonesia that has been recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity since 2009. As a celebration for UNESCO’s recognition, there will be a Batik Fashion competition for all ages at the festival.
The Made in Indonesia Festival makes the East meets the West. It is an event that strengthens people to people link. It is also supported by the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, D.C. “I am confident this event will serve its purpose of creating greater understanding about Indonesia to the community. It is sure to provide an opportunity for the Indonesian community in the Washington, D.C. area to introduce Indonesia’s fine arts, rich culture and its top quality local products,” said Ambassador Budi Bowoleksono who sees the Made in Indonesia Festival as one of the major events in the DMV area for 2016 and onward.