Over 25,000 fans attended the MTV EXIT “Live in Bandung” concert on Saturday, further increasing awareness about the tragedy of human trafficking in Indonesia. The concert featured Australian headliner Expatriate, together with a massive line-up of leading Indonesian artists included The Changcuters, D’Masiv, Pas Band, Bondan Prakoso and Fade2Black, Kikan, Winner, Rosemary, Speaker First, Glory of Love, and RadioLips.
Distinguished speakers joined together to raise their voices against trafficking in Indonesia and across the region at this energized live event. Mr. Ahmad Heryawan, Governor of West Java, opened the festival, while his wife, Ibu Hj. Netty Prasetiyani M.Si, Director of the Bandung based victim service center P2TP2A, rallied the young audience to prevent trafficking in their home communities. Later in the concert, U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN David Carden and ASEAN Deputy Secretary General Hapsoro Bagas came on stage with several ASEAN ambassadors and a large group of youths and led the crowd in a chant against human trafficking. Bapak Agung Laksono, Minister of the Ministry of People’s Welfare of the Republic of Indonesia inspired audiences in Bandung and across the country during the live broadcast, as did U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel and Australian Minister Counselor Stephen Scott. Top artists encouraged Indonesian fans to join them in spreading anti-trafficking messages to communities across the country.
“MTV EXIT has proven itself to be an effective vehicle to carry our messages against Human Trafficking. They have left their mark in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other parts of the world, and we will be “talking” to the youngsters of Indonesia through this live concert in Bandung” said Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN. “These are countries with significant young population, and we cannot afford any delay in alerting the threat to them, and the horrible impact on the victims,”
“However important the messages, they are only effective when you are able to get them across to your audience. In this aspect, MTV EXIT has been a critical platform and partner in our campaign,” said Ambassador David Carden from the US Mission to ASEAN.
A large part of the contingent from ASEAN arrived at the concert on the “ASEAN Tour Bus”, which was decorated with anti-trafficking messaging and sponsored by the U.S. Mission to ASEAN. Riders also viewed the MTV EXIT documentary Enslaved enroute to Bandung.
“After our successful 2010 tour in Indonesia, we are thrilled to be back in Indonesia to bring together fantastic international and local artists to continue our campaign against human trafficking,” said Matt Love, MTV EXIT Campaign Director. “Music is a powerful force for change, and tonight, over 25,000 Indonesian fans made their stand today in solidarity to make a statement on this global fight to end modern-day slavery!”
The MTV EXIT Indonesia Campaign is produced in partnership with the Government of Indonesia (The National Task Force to Prevent and Address the Criminal Act of Trafficking in Persons), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), Walk Free: the movement to end modern slavery (WF), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with support from Global TV, ThinkWeb, Talk Link, and Novotel Bandung.