Designated as the ASEAN City of Culture for the period of 2018 to 2022, Yogyakarta is truly the cultural soul of Indonesia. Headed by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Yogyakarta is a hub of Javanese culture and keeps its traditions close to its heart. With its fierce determination to maintain its culture, is also an extension of their arms towards urbanisation. As such, the city is a stellar melting pot of both traditional and urban displays.
In its efforts to celebrate its culture, Wayang Jogja Night Carnival #4 was back on 7th October 2019 for its fourth consecutive year! Coinciding with the City’s 26th birthday, the largest event of the year in Yogyakarta is celebrated with grandeur, in a flurry of vibrant colours, dance and song. The efforts of participants of all ages from the 14 districts were combined over the period of 6 months to produce eye-popping festivities, lined along Sudirman Road to Mangkubumi Road.
This year’s unique theme, Wayang Kapi-Kapi belongs to Kraton Yogyakarta and has been rarely seen in the eyes of the public. Combining elements from different animals, distinct puppets are formed to represent life. Wayang Kapi-Kapi consists of 14 distinguishable characters including Wayang Kapi Kingkin, a combination of a crab and monkey. These characters are important in representing the different philosophies that are held dearly to the heart. One of which is celebrating the beauty in difference and protecting it. This rings true to the essence of the city – a place where people of different backgrounds can come together in peace and harmony.
Celebrating one’s culture has never looked so beautiful.
The 14 characters were represented by the 14 sub-districts in Yogyakarta to the Sultan and the audience siting on the edge of their seats. Neon lights drape the opulent displays and dancers move fluidly across the stage for an unforgettable performance. Immersing yourself in the Wayang Jogja Night Carnival #4 will truly be a highlight of your stay in Yogyakarta.