On Sunday, 7 January 2018 in front of the Sriwedari Surakarta Park, the Department of Culture held a socialization of the International Gamelan Festival (IGF) 2018 which will be held on 9 August 2018 until 15 August 2018 in Solo, precisely in Mangkunegaran, Fort Vastenburg, and along Slamet Riyadi road. Until now, the permission to these places were still carried out by the IGF Committee. The purpose of IGF is to introduce gamelan music in Indonesia. Besides that, it also introduces Solo as the center gamelan.
The programs held by IGF are like reintroducing old gending to the community where the participants are from the keraton solo (palace of solo), Cirebon, and so on. Then visiting the Besalen places (the place for producing gamelan), made a visit to Blora on the Tegas Desa program which will be welcomed by the Blora government and will be entertained with Tayub and Wayang Klithik, publishing books from Indonesian composers such as Narto Sabdo, Marto Pangrawit, Mloyo Widodo , etc.
At the opening of the IGF program, it was planned to break the record of gamelan performance. The participants came from Surakarta’sresidents and also students. One of them was students from Surakarta Public Middle School who presented the composition of Putut Ojo Gelut, which is one of the cengkok (twisted sound) in rebab instrument games on the karawitan art. In his speeches, Surakarta’s Mayor, FX Hadi Rudyatmo said, “starting from an early age, children must be educated to respect the ancestors who have created extraordinary arts and culture.”