Two thousand percussionists from local and international groups will perform at the opening of Aceh International Rapa’i Festival (ACIRAF) 2018, to be held on Nov. 4-7 at Tunas Bangsa Stadium, Lhokseumawe, Aceh.
Kompas.com reported that the percussion music festival will be opened by a representative from the Tourism Ministry and acting Aceh governor Nova Iriansyah. Rapa’i is a traditional Aceh percussion instrument, considered to be in the frame drums group.
ACIRAF committee head Nazaruddin said the event was among Wonderful Indonesia 2018’s 100 events. The festival will carry an Islamic percussion theme with participation from five countries, namely Libya, Malaysia, Thailand, India and Indonesia.
“The countries have confirmed their attendance, and currently the preparation is 98 percent complete”, he said. “We hope this event will be successful and become an annual event in Lhokseumawe, so tourists can include this event in their visiting plan to Aceh.”
The festival will be held at three locations, which are Tunas Bangsa Stadium, Sudirman Field and Jeuleukat Reservoir. Foreign participants will be treated to a welcoming performance and a tour of the rapa’i production site in Lhokseumawe.