Indonesia Festival 2011: Presenting Unique, Wonderful and Culinary Indonesia


Indonesia Festival 2011 was held on 9-10 July 2011 in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo. Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Muhammad Lutfi opened the two-day Festival on 9 July 2011, and in his opening remarks Ambassador Lutfi explains that the purpose of the Festival is to present Indonesian culture, art and cuisine to Japanese society. The Festival is also meant as an encouragement for the Japanese people in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011.   <br><p>

Director General of Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Kunio Umeda, attended the opening ceremony and delivered his own opening remarks. Also present at the opening ceremony was Director General of Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Naoki Murata, Madame Fukuda, ASEAN Ambassadors and representatives of ASEAN Missions in Tokyo, the heads of cities and regions in Japan, representatives from the Indonesian Central Bank and State-owned Enterprises as well as individuals from the private sector.   </p><br><p>

A wide variety of artists performed traditional dance and traditional and contemporary music, including several guest appearances by artists from Indonesia who were specially invited for the event, including Jeanette Prissilia, Rio Febrian and the Changcuters. Other artists performing at the Festival included the Karangasem group, ISI Padangpanjang, Dewandharu group, Basundhari Bali dance group, Angklung Plumeria group, Duta Melati dance group, Lagu-lagu kai, AIU Band, Galaxy Band, Gin Dora Band, Hiro Band, and CP Band, as well as dance performances by students from the Indonesian School in Tokyo. In addition to the performances, there were numerous food and souvenir booths, and information booths for various organizations, all of which proved very popular with visitors.  </p><br><p>

Indonesia Festival is an annual event organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Tokyo. Last year’s Festival was held on 10-11 July and was visited by approximately 60,000 people. This year, an even greater number of visitors (90.000 people) attended the Festival to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Indonesia, and help to develop better understanding and people-to-people contacts between the people of Japan and Indonesia.