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VOTE, A Concert for Equality & Better Life

*To read in Bahasa Indonesia, see below.

VOTE (Voice from the East) is a social campaign on cultural basis to promote peace, anti-violence, wealth, environment conservation, and democracy for the Eastern part of Indonesia. The campaign is conducted by Indonesian artists in collaboration with humanity or environmental organizations/communities such as Komisi untuk Orang Hilang dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan (the Indonesian Commission for Missing Persons/KontraS) and Migrant Care, as well as supported by international organizations such as Greenpeace.

The campaign is carried out with a cultural approach and by building participation from the publics as the issues faced by fellows in the Eastern part of Indonesia are also an issue for all of Indonesian people to care about. The campaign aims to grow an awareness of the situations in Eastern Indonesia and to increase a social solidarity in order to help Eastern Indonesian people achieve a better life.

The VOTE campaign has been started in Yogyakarta in 14 April 2012; it was presented as a multi-performers concert, taking place at the city’s South square. The concert was carried out during and as a part of the commemoration of a century of the former Yogyakarta’s king, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX.

Numerous Indonesian musicians from various genres took part in the concert, including Gugun Blues Shelter, Superman is Dead, Ras Muhamad, and Jogja Hiphop Foundation (JHF). Also performing in the concert were Yogyakarta’s artists such as Djaduk Ferianto and Kua Etnika, Landung Simatupang, and Butet Kertaredjasa.

The impressive thing was that Yogyakarta’s present king, the honored Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, also took part and gave a speech. He reminded and encouraged Indonesians, particularly Yogyakarta fellows, to care about and participate actively in the struggle for equality and a better life for Eastern Indonesia.

Glenn Fredly, one of VOTE’s pioneers, also performed in the concert, while the band Slank became the guest band.

*For more information on the campaign, please visit voicefromtheeast.org.

Gugun Blues Shelter

Gugun Blues Shelter

Gugun Blues Shelter

Superman is Dead

Landung Simatupang

Ras Muhamad

Ras Muhamad

Ras Muhamad

Melanie Subono

Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X

VOTE (Voice From the East) merupakan sebuah kampanye sosial dengan basis budaya untuk menyuarakan perdamaian, anti kekerasan, kesejahteraan, pelestarian lingkungan hidup dan demokratisasi untuk Indonesia Timur. Kampanye ini dilakukan oleh sejumlah pelaku seni di dengan berkolaborasi dengan penggiat isu kemanusiaan dan lingkungan seperti Komisi untuk Orang Hilang dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan (KontraS) dan Migrant Care. Bahkan organisasi internasional pun turut serta mendukung kampanye ini, misalnya Greenpeace.

Kampanye akan dilakukan dengan pendekatan budaya dan membangun partisipasi yang seluas-luasnya bagi siapapun, karena masalah di Indonesia Timur adalah masalah bagi seluruh rakyat Indonesia yang cinta akan tanah airnya. Tujuan dari kampanye VOTE adalah untuk menumbuhkan kesadaran masyarakat secara luas untuk mengetahui kondisi-kondisi Indonesia Timur serta meningkatkan solidaritas sosial untuk membantu keterpurukan Indonesia Timur

Kampanye VOTE sendiri dimulai di Yogyakarta pada tanggal 14 April 2012 dalam bentuk suguhan konser multi-pengisi yang bertempat di Alun-alun Kidul. Konser VOTE ini diadakan bertepatan dan sekaligus sebagai bagian dari peringatan 1 abad Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX.

Dalam konser VOTE di Yogyakarta ini, tampil sejumlah musisi ternama Indonesia dari beragam aliran, antara lain Gugun Blues Shelter, Superman is Dead, Ras Muhamad, dan Jogja Hiphop Foundation (JHF). Tampil pula seniman-seniman Yogyakarta, antara lain Djaduk Ferianto bersama Kua Etnika, Landung Simatupang dan Butet Kertaredjasa.

Yang menarik, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X hadir dan menyampaikan pidato di tengah-tengah konser. Beliau berpesan serta mendorong masyarakat umum dan warga Yogyakarta khususnya untuk ikut peduli dan ambil bagian dalam upaya memperjuangkan persamaan dan kesejahteraan bagi Indonesia Timur.

Glenn Fredly, salah seorang penggagas VOTE, juga ikut mengisi acara ini, sementara band Slank menjadi bintang tamu.

*Untuk informasi lebih lanjut tentang kampanye ini, silakan kunjungi voicefromtheeast.org.

Panji Pragiwaksono

Panji Pragiwaksono’s backing vocal

Glenn Fredly

Shaggydog

Slank

Slank

Jogja Hiphop Foundation

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