Independence Day Celebration at Banteng Field, PYCH: From Papua for Indonesia
Jakarta – Papua Youth Creative Hub (PYCH) held an activity in order to welcome the 78th Anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia by holding the Independence Day Festival from Papua for Indonesia which was attended by thousands of people at Banteng Square, Central Jakarta.
PYCH is a center for the development of young talents in the Land of Papua so that they become a superior generation, creative, have a pioneer spirit, are agile in adopting new ways and adapt quickly to technological developments and have a high national spirit.
The program under the guidance of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) has succeeded in embracing young Papuan talents to become pioneers of change for the progress and prosperity of the Cendrawasih Land according to President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) instructions.
“This is the first time, we are holding PYCH activities not in Jayapura, but in Jakarta. In the framework of the celebration of independence, we gather Papuan artists and here we see together how independence is an important part of Papuan children,” said the PYCH Music Band personnel who is also the Music Team Assistant. Coment’s son (MAC), Julio Faot, Saturday (19/8/2023).
Julio revealed that the reason behind holding the PYCH activity in Jakarta coincided with a music group from Papua, which was summoned to perform at the Merdeka Palace on the occasion of the 78th Indonesian Independence Day.
“Yesterday, because MAC was summoned to the State Palace on August 17, we filled in only one song. So, August 18, we initiated a gathering to celebrate independence in Jakarta, so this is the right momentum,” he said.
He was also pleased with the enthusiasm of the people who attended, especially his colleagues from Papua who had so far migrated to the capital. The reason is, this activity can motivate the enthusiasm of the younger generation of Papua, as well as a missed meeting moment with the people of Papua overseas.
Therefore, he encourages the younger generation of Papua to continue to innovate in creating works and at the same time he hopes that similar activities can be carried out in other regions in Indonesia in introducing the potential of Papuan children in Indonesia.
“We encourage all the young generation in Papua, especially when given a big gift from Pak Jokowi, we can continue this to regencies in Papua. With the new province in Papua, young people in Papua should be more enthusiastic, and not only in Papua. In the future, we can hold activities like this in Yogyakarta, Sumatra and wherever we can gather,” he said.
Meanwhile, representatives of MAC group personnel Elmar Mac, Morde Sawaki, Dhimart Ohee were pleased with their first off air performance which was held in Jakarta. They are grateful to be able to appear on a national scale as well as meet the Papuan people who live in Jakarta.
Apart from the performance of Papuan children, the presence of YouTuber and influencer Thariq Halilintar made the event even more lively. Tariq also collaborated with MAC to sing the song “Only Me”, and greeted all the people who attended.
Not only singing together, Tariq also visited the Papua UMKM bazaar and bought several Papuan clothing and culinary delights.
Tariq admits that he is impressed by the potential of the artists who are members of the PYCH. He continued, in the MSME, culinary and souvenir and fashion sectors, according to Tariq, they could compete with the global market.
Therefore, Tariq hopes that there will be more similar activities to create a multiplier effect in reviving the Indonesian economy going forward.
“I want more people to see this, more space to be creative like this, so that MSMEs can be revived. The community will definitely want to come together to enliven an event like this,” concluded Thariq.
PYCH invited Papuan artists who are in Jakarta to enliven the event. There are musical performances, dance and even stand-up comedy by young Papuans. In addition, there is a Papua UMKM bazaar that specifically sells Papuan culinary and souvenirs.
Apart from PYCH Music Band, MAC and Thariq Halilintar, there were also performances from other Papuan artists, such as Frans Sisir, Boi Soa Soa, Ijal Stand Up Comedy, Denny Pigay, Kariting Hitam Dance, Brian Fringkeuw and Kkajhe.