Festival that says ‘No’ to corruption

by Wasti Atmodjo on 2013-04-13

A number of NGOs, journalists, artists and bureaucrats have joined forces to organize a lively campaign against corruption with a collaborative art and music festival.

The festival, which is called “Festival Budaya Bali Tanpa Korupsi” (Balinese Culture Without Corruption Festival), will take place at the Public Service Building in Lumintang, Denpasar, on Saturday.

Gede Robi Supriyanto, lead vocalist with the band, Navicula, said that “collaboration” was the right approach in combating the country’s acute levels of corruption.

“Corruption is deep in almost everyone’s veins. It is a monstrous problem for us all — easy to see, but difficult to erase,” the singer said.

“There is still a ray of hope when everyone in a community is willing to work together to try to end this vicious cycle,” Robi said. The festival includes Denpasar’s Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Manikaya Kauci Foundation, Bahkan Grassroots Community and Denpasar’s Municipal office.

Together with 10 musical groups from around Indonesia, the Bali-based grunge band, Navicula, produced last year a compilation album entitled Frekwensi Perangkap Tikus (Mousetrap Frequency).

On the album, Navicula presents a single called “Mafia Hukum” (Legal Mafia). The album can be downloaded for free from beranijujur.net. Berani jujur literarily means “dare to be honest”.

The Frekwensi Perangkap Tikus album is in line with the mission of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) to catch the “mice”, aka corrupt individuals, by involving all members of the community.

Numerous NGOs and community organizations have long-waged war against corruption.

“But this time, we want to also involve artists, the media and the government to seek a common effort in fighting the lingering corruption problems in Indonesia.”

The municipality of Denpasar will be the first to join the collaboration against corruption.

“Denpasar Mayor IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra has openly supported our efforts and wants to be part of the fight against corruption,” Robi said.

IB Gde Sidarta, inspector at the Denpasar mayor’s office, admitted that such a collaborative effort was still a new idea for the government.

“We usually organize series of seminars and campaigns, but this collaboration will enhance our attempts to eliminate corruption in Denpasar. We are very excited to be taking part in the festival,” Sidarta said. He added that he hoped that Denpasar’s involvement in the collaborative movement would trigger other regencies to join in.

During Saturday’s event, which runs from 4 p.m. through 11 p.m., a number of different artistic genres will be on display for visitors.

Musical performers will include Geeksmile, Ripper Clown, Scared of Bums from Bali and Morfem and Iksan Skuter from Jakarta, while artists Made Bayak and Komunitas Djamur will hold a painting and mural exhibition, and the Kini Berseri Theater will perform a work with an anticorruption theme.

Rofiqi Hasan, chairman of AJI Denpasar, said the media should offer the space for people to voice their views and interests.

“The AJI has been working with ICW to promote transparency and allow access to public information,” Hasan said. The AJI and ICW have collaborated to produce a documentary film on cacao farmers in Jembrana to uncover irregularities in cacao farming and the trade system in Bali.

“The film exposes so many wrongdoings in terms of government assistance as well as in handling this commodity. Corruption is rooted at every level of society,” Hasan said, adding that the documentary would be screened during Saturday’s festival.

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