Cirebon,Indonesianpost.net-Prince Damien Dematra launched International Culture Day (ICD) to coincide with the 75th celebration of United Nations (PBB) Day at Kacirebonan Royal Palace, Cirebon, together with Kings and Sultan of Nusantara Kingdoms and community leaders. At the same time, there were virtual launches with declarators from more than 60 countries and kingdoms in the world, including the United States, India, France, England, Palestine, Israel, Poland, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Russia, Ghana, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Tunisia, Armenia, Macedonia, Iraq, Colombia, Ukraine, Mexico, Guatemala, Botswana, Nigeria, Canada, Namibia, Sudan, Kenya, etc.
During the ceremony, Prince Dematra presented the Nusantara Culture Awards to King of Buleleng Bali Anak Agung Ngurah Ugrasena for his enermous contribution to Nusantara Culture.
Prince Damien Dematra, in his remarks, said that the idea of the birth of the International Culture Day emerged from his search, that until today there is no day internationally devoted to Culture. And considering the importance of Culture in maintaining world stability and Peace, as a Cultural Icon and Peace Warrior, he felt it is necessary for the world to have the International Culture Day. Starting from this idea, Prince Dematra invited thousands of people from all over the world to take part. It turned out that the invitation went viral, and generated so much supports from 5 continents.
The mission taken in this movement is “Culture for Peace.” Prince Damien Dematra, in his opening speech, emphasized that Culture should be a tool for Peace and not only exploited for economic and political interests.
The head of the committee for the launch event, senior actress PrIncess BRAy Erna Santoso, appreciated the support from Kacirebonan Royal Palace, and community leaders. According to her, the performance of various Indonesian dance attractions and the presentation of Cirebon’s original food strengthened the cultural message.
During the event, Prince Damien Dematra also presented the Nusantara Cultural Award to Sultan of Kacirebonan Abdul Gani Natadiningrat and the Kacirebonan Empress; Beda Natadiningrat, King of Galuh and General Chairman (Pjs) of the Nusantara Royal Palaces Association (FSKN), and the Surakarta Hadiningrat Palace.
The day before the World Launching event at the Royal Palace, Prince Damien Dematra together with more than 500 students at the Cirebon Al-Shigor Islamic Boarding School, held a soft launching of ICD and performed various forms of local and religious arts to celebrate Culture for Peace.
Prince Dematra, who is also the initiator and founder of Nusantara Peace Day, invites further participation from the international community in the second batch of ICD World Launching, which is planned to be held on November 16 in conjunction with the celebration of World Tolerance Day, which was initiated by the United Nations. So far, more than 100 countries and kingdoms have expressed their support and are ready to participate directly or virtually in these activities.(David/Mhd)