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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Palembang, capital city of the province of South Sumatra is recognized as having once been the seat of the mighty Buddhist Sriwijaya Empire that reigned supreme from the 7th to the 13 th century, and held sway over shipping and trade in the Malacca Strait. However, after its fall, the kingdom seemingly just disappeared, and with it much of its precious heritage. It was only in 1920 that French scholar, George Coedes, published his discoveries, finally uncovering the history of the Srivijaya empire that had its seat at what is today as the city of Palembang by the wide and 750 km meandering Musi river.

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To revive this historic heritage, every year, Palembang organizes the Sriwijaya Festival. This year, the 26th Sriwijaya Festival 2017 will take place from 15th – 20th August, which happens to fall together with Indonesia's National Day on 17th August 2017.

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To be held at the Kuto Besak Fort on the banks of the wide Musi River, the event carries the theme: the Maritime Trade. All 17 districts and cities in the province will take active part in the Festival, to promote tourism, which in turn is expected to boost economic development of the region, said South Sumatra Governor, Alex Nurdin.

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Festivities are aimed at reviving and innovating local arts and culture within the frame of the Sriwijaya heritage, said Deputy for National Tourism Marketing of the Tourism Ministry, Mrs. Esthy Reko Astuti.

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