Preserving Indonesian Unity through the Cultural Flag Carnival 

In line with the theme of the 10th Anniversary of Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) “Sowing Unity, Preserving the Archipelago”, the Cultural Flag Carnival 2019 theme is the Archipelago. This refers to the diversity of tribes united in Indonesia. The same thing is also seen in the FCS which has various study programs.

In this Cultural Flag Carnival, the beauty of diversity is harmonious in the spirit of unity symbolized by the King Brawijaya (represented by UB’s Rector, Prof. Dr. Ir. Nuhfil Hanani, AR, MS) who succeeded in bringing diversity of tribes (the faculties in UB) to reach achievement as a unity (UB) which is great and successful.

The Cultural Flag Carnival was held on Thursday (10/24/2019) involving 13 contingents, consisting of the deans, educational staff, foreign students of Darmasiswa RI Program as well as study programs (nine undergraduate study programs and one postgraduate study program).

Each contingent wore Indonesian traditional clothes from the selected regions/provinces in Indonesia. The Dean of FCS UB, Prof. Dr. Agus Suman, S.E., DEA wore the clothing of the Islamic King of Mataram. While the Vice Deans of FCS UB wore Srikandi’s dress complete with its bow and arrows.

All contingents marched where the dean rode in a horse-drawn carriage. The parade was also colored by angklung percussion art performances, Jejer Gandrung Banyuwangi Dance from Unitantri UB as well as the Crazy Bamboo live art and modern dance from students which was held at the UB roundabout and at several points along the route.

“By raising the theme of Sowing Unity, Preserving the Archipelago, this Cultural Flag Carnival is a form of FCS UB’s contribution which is not only for UB but for Indonesia,” said Agus Suman.

“The big family of FCS UB must be an important part that helps protecting the country. We remain united in a variety of diversity. Therefore, FCS UB wants to bring up this carnival activity by wearing traditional clothing and diverse artistic performances,” he continued.

“I hope FCS UB can give positive contributions continuously to UB. Now we are 10 years old, it is very young for a faculty. Hopefully FCS UB can be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” he stated. (DT/MSH/PSIK FIB)