The Conference addressed Aceh’s achievements and critically important issues for the future of Aceh. Invited addresses and other papers on the issues, history, arts, and culture were presented by some of the leading thinkers on Aceh and the region. Australian and Indonesian citizens, academics, students, journalists, and members of Acehnese communities in Australia engaged in frank discussions of the issues and possible resolutions to them in Aceh itself.
Concert and Exhibition: A Concert Piyasan Aceh (“Rejoicing in the Arts of Aceh”) was presented during the conference by Syiah Kuala University’s Centre for the Arts, featuring music and dances of the Acehnese, Gayo and Malay-Acehnese traditions. It included the master seudati song-dance leader Hasan Basri from Aceh’s west coast, the master sikambang singer Anhar Sitanggang from Aceh’s Banyak Archipelago, the saman Gayo song dance and other traditional performances.
The Exhibition Keuneubah Indatu (“Aceh’s Cultural Heritage”) of musical instruments, textiles, wedding ornaments, costumes, miniature houses and other material arts of Aceh was presented in the Foyer of the Music Auditorium, Performing Arts Building 68.
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