Remarks by the Charge d’ Affaires Ad Interim of the Republic of Indonesia
The Indonesian Cultural Evening
A WALK ACROSS THE ARCHIPELAGO
FIT Music Theatre - 28 October 2009
Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners,
Members of Diplomatic Corps and International Organizations,
Permanent Secretaries of Government Ministries
School Principals and Vice Principals
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Before we begin the program tonight, I would like to invite you all to rise to observe a moment of silence in honour of the victims of natural disasters in some countries in the Pacific Rim area such as Indonesia, American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga, the Philippines and Vietnam.
(moment of silence begin…)
On this occasion, on behalf of the Indonesian Government, I would like to convey our gratitude for any parties who have given donation to the victims of natural disaster in West Sumatera. It is highly appreciated. We still welcome any parties who would like to give any donation.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It has been my pleasure and privilege to warmly welcome you to this cultural evening. Please accept my sincerest gratitude to you, Excellencies distinguished guests, for allowing your precious evening to attend this humbly
The program is part of our endeavor to promote Indonesian culture to the people of Fiji and to the world. I would like to share with you that one of the most fascinating feature of Indonesia is the largest archipelagic state in the world. It brings incredible diversity of people and culture. It is a country with around 500 ethnic groups and 730 distinct languages. But we unite as symbolized by our national slogan “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” or Unity in Diversity.
To mention a few, the Acehnese are known for their Saman dance, West Sumatrans are preserving their traditional martial art of Pencak Silat; Sundanese people in West Java are proud of their Jaipongan dance and bamboo angklung music; while Balinese and Asmat people of West Papua are well-known for their woodcarving arts. Also, cloth such as batik, ikat and songket are created across Indonesia with different areas having different styles and specializations.
Under the theme of “Indonesia Experience: A walk across the archipelago”, we would like to bring your attentions to our diversity through dances, music and songs that we are presenting tonight. For your information, most of the performers are non Indonesian; they are Fijian and other Pacific Islanders.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Allow me to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to Mr. F.X. Supriyono and Mrs. Susasrita Lora Vianti for their hard work in promoting Batik and Indonesian traditional dances to the people of Fiji. I also wish to thank FIT Faculty of Humanities, Communication, and Creative Arts for hosting the Batik Workshop and Vou Dance Fiji for hosting Indonesian Traditional Dance Workshop. To all participants of the workshops, I must commend you for your great enthusiasm and tirelessly effort to master Indonesian arts.
My appreciation also goes to the participants of the 2009 Indonesian Arts and Scholarship program from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu for making this show memorable with their performances.
Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I present to you “Indonesia Experience: A walk across the archipelago”.