Arts festival opens in Yogya

In an effort to revive the tourist sector following the devastating May 27 earthquake, the city will host a four-day international performing arts festival.

The chairman of the festival's organizing committee, Bambang Paningron, said the Asia Tri Festival already made stops in Korea and Japan in September this year.

Now it is making an appearance from Nov. 18-21 at the Kaliurang tourist resort, on the slopes of Mount Merapi. The name of the event is Asian Arts for Yogya's Recovery.

The Asia Tri Festival was started in 2005 by Indonesian, Japanese and Korean artists. The goal of the festival is to develop arts in Asia.

In addition to involving artists from the three countries, local residents will also participate in the event, including Mount Merapi caretaker Mbah Marijan, who is scheduled to open the festival.

On the festival's opening day, Japanese artist Yoko Nomura will present a musical piece, followed by a shadow puppet performance by Ki Dalang Seno Nugroho. A carnival and traditional performances will be featured Sunday, along with screenings of independent films and other performances.