BANDUNG - A number of volunteer communities in East Bandung support Erick Thohir in running for the 2024 Presidential Election (Pilres). These volunteers are members of the Erick Thohir Balad, the Millennial Community of West Java Movement.
According to Balad Secretary General (Secretary General) Erick Thohir Natsir Amir, the declaration is a form of support for Erick Thohir's concern for traditional cultural arts in Pasundan Land, especially in East Bandung, because there are a number of Sundanese traditional arts that are almost extinct.
"This declaration feels different because in addition to providing support for Erick Thohir to run for the 2024 presidential election, it is also a form of our support for traditional Sundanese arts and culture," Natsir said in a statement, quoted by Antara, Wednesday, July 6.
So far, he said, Erick Thohir has given support and attention to traditional arts and culture actors. This can be seen from the efforts to revive the cultural parade at Indonesian airports.
"Erick Thohir is proven to have pushed airports into showcases of Indonesian culture, arts and music because Pak Erick is aware of the extraordinary wealth of Indonesian traditional arts and culture," said Natsir.
On the other hand, after leading the reading of the declaration and support, the Head of Balad Regional Coordinator, Erick Thohir, East Bandung, Lina Marlina, conveyed the reasons for supporting Erick Thohir to run for the 2024 presidential election, including because Erick is a figure who has West Javanese ancestry and always supports traditional arts and culture. .
“Our support today has many reasons, but the most important is Erick Thohir's great concern for the development of traditional arts and culture. Here, we have Buhun Terbang art,” said Lina.
Lina explained that the performing art "Buhun Terbang" is an adaptation of the traditional kawih art intended to spread Islamic teachings and is similar to the song "Li Ilir" composed by Sunan Kalijaga.
"In the past, this performing art was used to spread Islam to the community, which at that time was dominated by traditional beliefs," said Lina.
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