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Indonesia is better to learn neighborhood spirit from Argentina and Uruguay in sharing tango as their cultural heritage.

Tango given UNESCO cultural status

Wednesday September 30, 2009

Argentina and Uruguay patch up row to get tango on Unesco list ( “Argentina and Uruguay have squabbled for years over who invented the tango, both claiming to be the birthplace of the great tango crooner Carlos Gardel. But they patched things up last year in a joint effort to persuade Unesco to list the tango among its traditions worth safeguarding for humanity.”

Their efforts were successful: Tango on UNESCO world heritage list (AP): “Tango was declared part of the world’s cultural heritage by the United Nations on Wednesday and granted the international seal of approval Argentina and Uruguay have long sought for the dramatic dance and its sensual moves.

The 24 members of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee of Intangible Heritage granted the tango dance and its music protected cultural status at its meeting in Abu Dhabi.”

Raised in poverty in Buenos Aires, Carlos Gardel became the king of the tango. His musical ability, baritone voice, charm and tango-cancions about love, hate, infidelity, and crimes of passion propelled him to musical and film stardom, and when he died in an airplane crash in 1935, Buenos Aires shut down to mourn him.

What do you think Gardel would think about the many Tango Shows in Buenos Aires?

Photo of tango dancers in a street in the La Boca barrio of Buenos Aires thanks to ArtToday.

Indonesia dresses up after batik ‘victory’ over Malaysia

By Alvin Darlanika Soedarjo (AFP) – 15 hours ago

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s president is pressing the country’s 234 million people to wear batik clothes to celebrate a triumph over neighbour Malaysia in a poisonous feud over cultural heritage.

The UN cultural organisation UNESCO is set this week to add Indonesia’s method of making the cloth — through a laborious process of wax-dipping and dying — to its list of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has instructed Indonesians to celebrate the day the decision becomes official, Friday, by donning their best shirts, dresses, blouses and sarongs made from the material.

“I urge Indonesians wherever they are to wear batik on October 2,” Yudhoyono was quoted as saying this week by state news agency Antara while in the United States for the G20 meeting of world leaders.

Yudhoyono said the country should have a “batik party” to let the world know that the art form comes from Indonesia.

Media here have been in triumphal mode over the impending UNESCO decision, which is the latest chapter in a spat that has seen protests over Malaysia’s alleged “theft” of everything from batik to dances and songs.

Many Indonesians say the use of batik techniques and motifs by Malaysians is outright plagiarism.

But Indonesian Heritage Society batik expert Judi Achjadi said UNESCO’s recognition of Indonesian batik doesn’t mean Malaysia, which has its own tradition of making the cloth, has no right to the art form, which is spread across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

“The focus of this achievement shouldn’t be on Malaysia,” Achjadi said. “They have their own batik and this doesn’t stop them from promoting theirs.”

UNESCO culture specialist Masanori Nagaoka said the recognition for Indonesia’s cloth does not mean other countries cannot claim batik, but simply that Indonesia’s government went to the trouble to submit a nomination.

The dispute between the two nations came to a head in August when it was misreported that Malaysia had screened tourism advertisements featuring the traditional “pendet” dance of Indonesia’s Hindu-majority Bali island.

Outrage over the “theft” has continued to circulate in Indonesia, despite the fact that the ad in the end turned out to be a promotion for a Discovery Channel programme.

While the recognition of batik has been broadly welcomed, fashion designer Edward Hutabarat said the actual enthusiasm for Indonesians to wear the cloth has been on the wane.

“Batik clothing and couture was booming here in 2007. Everyone was wearing it at the malls all of a sudden, but it cooled down the year after,” Hutabarat said.

“As cultural heritage, batik needs to be more than just a trend.

“Consumers still think a six million rupiah (600 dollar) piece of batik is very expensive but it can take up to six people over a whole year to create a piece of batik.”

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atila says:

Indonesian batik are lots prettier than Malaysian in their way of arts very refine.

I have a few, it even caught attention of my dentist when
i was helpless on the chair having my teeth capped.

By the way, what happen to Penang Batik? Close shop?

admin says:

Art like pretty is a tricky subject to compare with.

I know the boss for Penang Batik, he is also the owner for tropical fruit farm. I do not think his workshop is closed with more visitors flock to Penang after it was listed in the world heritage sites.