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AFP'S JAKARTA BUREAU HOSTS 'ROAD TO PARIS 2024' PHOTO EXHIBITION CELEBRATING SPORTS AND FRENCH-INDONESIAN TIES

Capturing the Spirit of Athleticism and Friendship: A Visual Journey through 'Road to Paris 2024' Exhibition

07.05.2024
BY SALMA S.A.
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Jakarta's vibrant cultural landscape was infused with the spirit of athleticism and camaraderie as AFP's Jakarta bureau, in collaboration with the French Embassy, the French Institute, and Decathlon, hosted the captivating photo exhibition 'Road to Paris 2024.' Commemorating the imminent Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the exhibition celebrates the enduring bond between France and Indonesia through the lens of sports and cultural exchange.

Nestled within the esteemed halls of the French Institute in Jakarta, the exhibition showcases 50 breathtaking photographs capturing the essence of sportsmanship and the rich Franco-Indonesian relationship. These evocative images will grace the walls of the French Embassy in Jakarta and Decathlon outlets across Indonesia until the 8th of September, inviting viewers to embark on a visual journey of athletic prowess and cultural exchange.

From the adrenaline-fueled tracks of athletics to the precision of archery, the sheer determination of speed climbing to the raw power of weightlifting, the exhibition encompasses a diverse array of sporting disciplines. Each frame immortalizes the indomitable spirit of both Indonesian and French athletes who graced the Olympic and Paralympic stages at Tokyo 2020, inspiring audiences with their unwavering dedication and unparalleled achievements.

The inauguration ceremony, brimming with energy and enthusiasm, saw the esteemed presence of France's Ambassador to Indonesia, Fabien Penone, alongside Wijaya Noeradi, Secretary-General of the Indonesia Olympic Committee, and AFP's Deputy Sales and Marketing Director, Alexis Bibard. Adorned in Phrygian Caps, the official mascots of the Paris 2024 Games, they symbolized the unity and camaraderie inherent in the world of sports.

Adding a contemporary flair to the festivities, breakdancers took to the floor, their dynamic moves echoing the fluidity and rhythm of athletic performances. A lively soundtrack provided by a DJ infused the event with an electrifying ambiance, underscoring the anticipation surrounding the inclusion of breaking as an Olympic sport for the first time in Paris 2024.

In attendance were also AFP's Jakarta Deputy Bureau Chief, Jack Moore, and Chief Photographer, Yasuyoshi Chiba, whose unwavering dedication to capturing poignant moments has brought the essence of sports and cultural exchange to life.

As the 'Road to Paris 2024' exhibition unfolds, it serves as a poignant reminder of the unifying power of sports and the enduring friendship between France and Indonesia. Through the lens of these captivating photographs, spectators are invited to witness the triumphs, challenges, and moments of sheer brilliance that define the journey towards the pinnacle of athletic excellence.

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