Although Indofest-Adelaide 2015 is becoming a distant memory as plans for this year’s festival are well underway, Indofest favourite Adelindo Angklung are yet to stop their packed schedule to take a well-deserved break. Instead, they have been busy entertaining crowds not only here in Adelaide, but interstate but also overseas.

April saw the group’s first international performance with an invitation to play at the sixth Auckland Indonesia Festival in New Zealand. Also attending the Festival were Indonesian ambassador to New Zealand Bapak Jose Tavares and his wife Ibu Rennie Wibowo who, after experiencing the magic of Adelindo Angklung for herself,  posted to her Facebook account “Adelindo Angklung, Adelaide based angklung group, performing at the 6th Auckland Indonesia Festival. 7 members, 180 angklungs, 9 songs. Truly a joy and inspiration to watch.” Later during the Festival, Adelindo Angklung founder Bapak Ferry had the opportunity to meet Bapak Jose who saw potential in promoting the group to the people of Samoa and Tonga.

While in New Zealand they took a bit of time out for sightseeing including visits to Rotorua, Lake Taupo and Hamilton. Highlights for group member Ibu Yenny were Hobbiton Movie Set and the GlowWorm Caves at Waitomo.

Bapak Ferry always had big aspirations for his group of musicians which is made up of members from the Adelaide Indonesian Senior Citizens group. Their weekly schedule consists of rehearsals and performances at nursing homes, schools and churches around Adelaide and at festivals interstate. However, he never envisioned needing a passport to entertain audiences. “We are as thrilled as everyone who support us in our mission to introduce and share one of Indonesia’s traditional musical instruments. Through the soothing sound of the humble bamboo tree, we can inspire and share joy and create harmony with other nations.” And who knows, New Zealand might just be a taste of future overseas trips with the possibility of a tour to Hawaii in 2017!

We look forward to seeing Adelindo Angklung at Indofest-Adelaide 2016. In a special lead up to the Indofest Cultural and Culinary Carnival, Adelindo Angklung along with other Indofest artists will be performing at Burnside Library for the ‘Indonesian Cultural Day’ on Saturday 10th September from 11am – 3pm. We hope to see you there!