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On August 24, SGI-Indonesia held a culture festival on the island of Batam, Riau Islands Province, Indonesia, in celebration of Indonesia's 68th Independence Day (August 17). Some 2,500 people attended the festival, including Governor of Riau Islands Province Muhammad Sani, Karimun Regent Nurdin Basirun, and youth representatives from Singapore Soka Association and Soka Gakkai Malaysia.
The event, themed "Advancing Together Amid Diversity," featured an array of cultural entertainment that involved some 600 participants including SGI-Indonesia members from across the nation, their friends, and people from the local Riau Islands community.
Highlights included a performance by a group of women from SGI-Indonesia playing the angklung, a traditional bamboo instrument, an Indonesian dance by representatives of the Batam City Government and gymnastic formations by SGI-Indonesia young men and their friends. There were also musical and dance performances by the SGI youth from Singapore and Malaysia.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message marking the occasion. He emphasized that the deepening of mutual understanding between people of diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds and advancing together amid such differences is the cornerstone of building a peaceful world.
[Adapted from an article in the September 3, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]
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