The 6th Asia Pacific Geopark Network Symposium, officially opened by the Governor of NTB, Dr. H. Zulkieflimansyah marked by the beating of the “Beleq” drum with the Executive Chairman of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, Arief Rachman; UNESCO Representative for Indonesia, Hans Dencker; Indonesian Deputy of Maritime Affairs, Syafri Burhanuddin; and APGN President, Guy Martini.

The symposium, attended by hundreds of geologists and APGN participants from 30 countries in the Asia Pacific region, was held at the Lombok Raya Hotel, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara Province.

The highlights of the day included the performance of a musical titled “The Three Secrets of Rinjani”, an exhibition of SME products and the 2019 APGN Symposium. The colossal musical performance involved over 100 artists and received a standing ovation from the symposium participants who packed the ballroom of the Lombok Raya hotel. “This is one of the best performances after the past years of APGN around the world that I’ve ever attended,” said Cindy, a Hong Kong Conservation Association representative.

Surya Mulawarwan, the director of the musical, did not expect to get a standing ovation from the participants.

It is the biggest sign of appreciation from the audience in the western world. “Getting the standing ovation is beyond my expectation. There is no word can exceed it, that is how they value the work of others. It was beyond my expectation, because during the rehearsal it wasn’t like this. I didn’t realize the time was over but the audience didn’t get bored being treated to various surprises. That is the recognition of the world community, because there are 34 countries in attendance,” said Surya.

Surya explained the musical is about the three secrets of Rinjani from three perspectives. First, Mount Rinjani as an energy considered by Sasak people. Second, how Rinjani is considered as the history of civilization and volcanology. Finally, how Rinjani is considered as a mythology that contains lots symbols of life. Surya added that the musical also displayed the figure of “Balap Awestri” troops from Bayan, a female corps which were highly respected by the “Karang Asem” kingdom at that time. This musical also tries to tell about the past, present and future civilizations. “Because of that, the talent that we involved are from kindergarten children, college students, to culturalists and practiced for two months to give the best performances,” Surya said.

(Lalu)