Jogja Festivals Forum & Expo (JFFE) is a meeting point for various festival stakeholders, both from within and outside the Special Region of Yogyakarta. The forum is aimed to identify problems and solutions regarding the organizing of festivals. On the other hand, JFFE is also present as a joint effort to encourage the strengthening of Yogyakarta's position as a world-class festival city.JFFE is organized by Jogja Festivals, a strategic platform for the festival ecosystem in Yogyakarta.
Festivals as one of the social activities as well as the culmination of creative economic activities are proven to be able to provide multi-layered effects and contribute to various perspectives (social, economic, infrastructure, education, arts and culture). For this reason, festivals deserve special attention.
The uniqueness of each festival, especially festivals in Yogyakarta, is able to become a benchmark as well as a learning medium or model for festivals in various regions, both at home and abroad. The communities or festival activists in Yogyakarta do not only interpret the festival as a tool to seek 'profits' but also as an event of celebration for community and cultural expression in celebrating togetherness.
Jogja Festivals was formed on September 21, 2014, before officially inaugurated on March 9, 2017. Today, Jogja Festivals has become a forum for more than 70 festivals in Yogyakarta, ones either organically initiated by artists, creative actors, or by the communities, driven by the local government.
As the only strategic platform for the festival ecosystem in Indonesia, Jogja Festivals continues to learn and open itself to various possibilities and opportunities for collaboration and is looking forward to improving the quality of Yogyakarta as a world-class festival city.
JFFE 2019 builds the synergy between festivals, festival activists, stakeholders, and the government of the Special District of Yogyakarta. In 2019, JFFE aimed to become the representative space for connecting and presenting the various events in Yogyakarta to Indonesia and International stakeholders.
JFFE 2020 brings the ASEAN Focus to the table.This theme was chosen because since the establishment of ASEAN, Indonesia has actively taken part in various aspects including social, culture, politics, and economy. In cultural fields, the festival activists in Yogyakarta also play an important role as experts in their fields.