The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Hanoi was invited to participate in art & cultural festival held by Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations (HAUFO) entitled "International Musical Exchange - Happy New Year 2018" in the occasion to welcome Lunar New Year (TET) 2018. The event took place at the Student’s Cultural Palace on January 30, 2018.
The event attended by around 200 people opened with welcoming speech from Ms. Nguyen Lan Houng (Chairman of HAUFO) and remarks from Ambassador of Venezuela H.E. Jorge Rondon Uzcategui (Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Vietnam). Six countries contributed to showcase arts and cultural performances were namely Indonesia, Viet Nam, Russia, PRC, Malaysia, and Lao PDR.
Indonesia, as the third performer, presented a song titled "Sekar Gambuh" which sung by Uma Farida, the student of Universitas Pembangunan Nasional (UPN) Veteran Yogyakarta. The show continued with singing "Manuk Dadali" performed by Uma and Putri Mentari, student of Universitas Padjadjaran (Unpad). Both are currently undergoing internship program at the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi.
"Sekar Gambuh" is one the example of "Macapat" - a Javanese poem that is traditionally recited in a song. The poem contains suggestions for young people about how to build relationships with others. While "Manuk Dadali" is a popular Sundanese traditional song sung in West Java. The song speaks of nationalism by describing the power of "Garuda" - a bird symbolizing Indonesia's glory.
The event was attended by HAUFO officials, representatives of international organizations, Ambassadors including Indonesian Ambassador to Viet Nam, H.E. Ibnu Hadi, and the media. Indonesian Ambassador reiterated that Indonesia's participation in the event was an attempt by the Embassy to promote Indonesian arts and culture, strengthening friendly relations and expanding people-to-people relations of Indonesia and Viet Nam.