Indonesian annual and ethnic jazz festival “Jazz Gunung” finally made a comeback after being held virtually in 2020 due to the spike of COVID-19 cases. Under a strict health protocol, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy welcomed a total of 300 concertgoers, or only 25% capacity of the festival
Held at the Jiwa Jawa Resorts Amphitheater, Mount Bromo, East Java, on September 24-25, 2021, the Jazz Gunung festival applied strict rules following the government’s community mobility restriction (PPKM).
In able to allow tracing and monitoring, attendees must follow the three steps: vaccinated against Covid-19, worn masks and activated the PeduliLindungi app. Special arrangements to practice social distancing and crowd control was also a priority.
“The government has continued to take mitigation measures as much as possible to revive the economy during the pandemic. This includes the implementation of “Innovation, Adaptation, and Collaboration” strategy, while adapting events to the new normal. Therefore, we can ensure the events are held safely and comfortably for everyone,” said Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy.
Highlighting the theme of the year, “Beautiful Jazz, Melodious Mountain” has a passionate tagline too – “My Jazzy Soul Flared Up”. Some of Indonesia’s top jazz musician – JANAPATI (Dewa Budjana and Tohpati), Ring of Fire Project, Fariz RM, The Jam’s (Otti Jamalus and Yance Manusama), Dua Empat, and Surabaya Pahlawan Jazz – performed on a bamboo-erected stage setting Mount Bromo as background decor, a venue located at 2,000 meters above sea level.
Other sister festivals as part of the Mount Bromo Jazz series include Jazz Gunung Ijen (Mount Ijen Jazz) in East Java, Jazz Gunung Toba (Lake Toba Jazz) in North Sumatra, and Jazz Gunung Burangrang (Mount Burangrang Jazz) in West Java.
“The success of the Mount Bromo Jazz sets a new benchmark in music performances, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The strict health protocols implemented would only mean more safety for everyone at similar events.”
Prior to the concert, Jazz Gunung showed even greater solidarity to adapt to change by organizing a webinar called “Bergerak Beradaptasi, We Are Ready!” which meant Move to Adapt, We Are Ready! — An event launched in support of the arts and cultural workers that include event organizers, promoters, management, musicians, artists, viewers, and production teams.
Watch the Jazz Gunung 2020 concert below (in the midst of a pandemic):
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Plans to re-open borders in July
His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, announced plans to re-open borders in July 2021, with destinations including Bali, Batam and Bintan serving as ‘locomotive’ regions to kickstart tourism for the whole country – if the pandemic is handled as well as expected.
In preparation, the government has carried out a widespread vaccination program for targeted groups, including the tourism workforce. In addition, the government has also initiated the Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) certification program throughout the tourism sector in Indonesia.
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SOURCE: Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy