[Unpad Media Channel] As the third-day event and the closing of the ASEAN Higher Education Conference (AHEC) 2023 simultaneously, Universitas Padjadjaran held the Green ASEAN Culture Festival at the north parking lot of Iwa Koesoemasoemantri Campus, Bandung, Saturday (26/8/2023).
The Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences Unpad, Dr. Dadang Rahmat Hidayat, said that this event presented various art performances and shows from all ASEAN member countries. Interestingly, the performers were not actresses or artists, but they were university students who performed a variety of arts and traditions from ASEAN countries.
“They are not artists, but they try to be artists,” said Dadang in his opening speech.
Those students were Faculty of Communication Sciences Unpad students who took the Cross-Cultural Communication course. Therefore, the Green ASEAN Culture Festival implemented the “Culture Festival” event as a practice for the Cross-Cultural Communication course in the Faculty of Communication Sciences at Unpad.
“The Culture Festival usually shows many countries in the world. However, now we adjust it with AHEC theme to promote cultures from ASEAN countries,” mentioned Dadang.
The event was filled with a student parade around the Iwa Koesoemasoemantri campus, along with showcasing traditional attires and art performances from each ASEAN country, also art shows from UKM (Unit Kegiatan Mahasiswa or Student Activity Unit) of Lingkung Seni Sunda (Lises) and Saung Angklung Udjo. Moreover, several stands displayed information and unique diversity from every country.
The Rector of Unpad, Prof. Rina Indiastuti, officially opened the event. In her speech, the Rector hoped that the Green ASEAN Culture Festival could be a spirit to strengthen unity through culture.
Hence, the Rector also expected that all AHEC 2023 participants and students could enjoy every performance at the event. “You are welcome to enjoy and produce a joint statement (regarding ASEAN) through culture,” said the Rector. (arm/SA)*