On Friday, May 27, 2011 at the Vanuatu Cultural Center a closing ceremony was held for the 8-day Angklung Workshop participants attended by parents and their families, as well as the Vanuatu Cultural Council board. Besides the angklung teacher and representatives from the Embassy in Canberra, also present were representatives from the Foreign Ministry.
The audience was presented wish four songs using angklung learned during those eight days: "Indonesia Pusaka", "Auld Lang Syne," "Jingle Bells", and the Vanuatu National Anthem known as "Yumi Yumi" which made the whole audience stand up spontaneously. The parents also gave a standing ovation for their children.
The representative from the Embassy in his remarks speech said that as a fellow island nation, Indonesia has many similarities with Vanuatu, so that cooperation in the field of culture is something that is reasonable and should be developed among these nation. After that the teacher from Saung Angklung Udjo, Mr Sam Udjo, distributed certificates to the participants which was signed by the teacher and the Indonesia Ambassador in Canberra.
Vice Chairman of the Vanuatu Cultural Council, Ambong Thompson, in his speech expressed appreciation for the initiative taken by the Embassy in Canberra and the Indonesian government in providing Angklung musical training, and called for more cultural cooperation so that more people can visit Indonesia. After officially closing the angklung workshop, he talked with a delegation from Indonesia and the parents of the participants.
The angklung Workshop participants came from 5 high schools in the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila, Vila East School, Malapoa College, Childcare School, Central School, and Villa Seventh-Day Adventist School. In addition to the certificate, participants also get an angklung souvenir to take home to remember the musical arts from Indonesia.
(Photo: Vice-Chairman of the Vanuatu Cultural Council expresses an appreciation to representatives from the Embassy in Canberra)