Tradition is not static, let alone dead, as many people say.
Tradition on the hand of the experts could be strikingly and impressively managed. It could even serve as the contemporary medium to interpret what has ever happened and what is happening. It could either express the feelings and thought on the current various situation at the local, national, and global level.
At least, those are the lesson learned for us from the international festival of contemporary art entitling Art Summit Indonesia VI 2010 organized by the Culture and Tourism Ministry. It was held from October 4-24, 2010 simultaneously in Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM), Gedung Kesenian Jakarta and Teater Salihara. As from the ten groups of participants from five countries, some are still standing on the tradition such as traditional music (gamelan) of Blacius Subono from Surakarta, theater performed by Slamet Gundono with Wayang Suket (literally means Grass-made Puppet) from Yogyakarta, Satu Lampung theater, Gamelan Pendro and Cudamani from Bali, and dance from South Korea as the festival opening session, Sekar Kliwon from Bandung, and Nan Jombang Dance Company from West Sumatera as the concluding performance in the festival.