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Indofest-Adelaide 2019: Together in harmony

Indofest-Adelaide 2019: Together in harmony

MEDIA RELEASE – Indofest, Sunday 28 April 2019

Thousands will descend upon Victoria Square on Sunday 28 April in a display of vibrant colour and culture as the annual award-winning Indofest-Adelaide festival comes alive with dynamic sights, sounds and enticing flavours which will bring Indonesia to the heart of the City of Adelaide in Victoria Square/Tarntanyagga.

Celebrating its 11th year in Adelaide, Indofest-Adelaide is the largest Indonesian festival in the Southern hemisphere. 

A free, family-friendly and sustainable event, presenting a diverse and exciting program of traditional and contemporary Indonesian music and dance, children’s dance and craft workshops, cooking demonstrations, a marketplace and exhibitions representing the regional diversity of the Indonesian archipelago.

Indofest-Adelaide is a collaborative effort that represents all of South Australia’s Indonesian community groups, and is presented by the not-for-profit Australian-Indonesian Association of South Australia (AIASA).

Indofest-Adelaide’s Program Team, Juliana Christina, Berry J Luqman and Amalia Sosrodiredjo, describe the annual Indofest-Adelaide as “an opportunity to showcase the richness of culture that is representative not only of Indonesia as one of the most cultural diverse countries in the world, but also the diversity and depth of talent of our own Indonesian community here in Adelaide.

With Indofest-Adelaide 2019, we will bring the very best of Indonesian music, dance, art, tradition and, of course, cuisine to the very centre of our city to celebrate all things Indonesian.”

For over a decade Indofest-Adelaide has played an important role in bringing a deeper understanding of Indonesian culture to the people of Adelaide.

In 2017 Indofest has won the South Australian Governor’s Multicultural Awards.

Thanks to event sponsors, including the City of Adelaide, Multicultural Affairs of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and Education Partner Flinders University’s Jembatan, this event will transform the heart of Adelaide with all the very best Indonesia has to offer.

Experience Indonesia in the heart of Adelaide. To find out more visit https://www.indofest.com.au or connect on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

WHAT:            Indofest-Adelaide (Free family event)
DATE:             Sunday 28 April 2019
TIME:              10am to 4pm
WHERE:         Victoria Square, Tarntanyangga, Adelaide, South Australia

Media spokesperson: Amalia Sosrodiredjo Australian-Indonesian Association of South Australia Inc. Ph: 0435 730 100 E: amalia.sosrodiredjo@gmail.com  

Media enquiries: Diana Boots Ph: 043 5606 0992 E: redtulipcomms@gmail.com

AIA Newsletter March 2019

AIA Newsletter March 2019

Check out the first AIA newsletter for 2019 and read about the community’s tour of Parliament House with Hon Jing Lee MLC and how AISA’s donation to Yayasan Peduli Kasih Anak Kebutuhan Khusus is making a difference to the lives of children with a disability and their families, a recipe for an old Indonesian favourite, plus lots more.

Also inside:
Australia Day Parade January 2019
How they celebrate Galungan and Kuningan in Bali
A recipe for Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice) to whet your appetite for Indofest on 28 Apri

Download: AIA Newsletter March 2019

Any feedback from this issue, or contributions/suggestions for future newsletters, can be sent to info@aiasa.org.au.

Meet the Indofest 2019 Committee

Meet the Indofest 2019 Committee

These wonderful people are some of the driving forces behind Indofest and very dedicated to make Indofest 2019  on Sunday 28 April a BIG success.

We are looking forward to Sunday 28 April when we will be celebrating all things Indonesian right in the heart of the city at INDOFEST 2019. 

From left -right: Diana, Olivia, Amalia, Yuni, Jen, Dessy, Prilavita, Rita, Ivonne, Chadijah, Dheyo, Budi and Barry. Not in the photo: Mei, Jane, Farhana, Christina and Amanda. — at Flinders at Victoria Square.

Australia Day Parade 2019

Australia Day Parade 2019

The AIASA once again joined the celebration of Australia Day in 2019 with close to 60 people participating in the parade in the city that featured wedding costumes from around the provinces of Indonesia. Thank you to the Indonesian community for such a great turnout. Let’s do it again in 2020!

A mix of Australian and Indonesian community including children, Indonesian international students, and Indonesian permanent residents. Unlike previous years, 2019 did not present Ondel Ondel as the main attraction. Rather, the parade presented wedding costumes as the main attraction, such as those from Central Java and Bali. Musical instruments were also used in the parade, led by the West Javanese traditional drum and ending with the Balinese Bleganjur.

The community’s response to AIASA’s invitation to participate in the celebration of Australia Day was great. Their enthusiasm and feedback received after the celebration suggest that we should participate again next year. If you would like to join AIASA in the Australia Day Parade 2020, please contact us by email on membership@aiasa.org.au or info@aiasa.org.au.

Wayang Kulit delights audience

Wayang Kulit delights audience

The AIASA was honoured to be given the opportunity to organise a spectacular Wayang Kulit performance this year for the South Australian community. It was held on 21 July 2018 at Flinders University Bedford Park Campus as a community event. 

The Wayang Kulit was performed by noted Indonesian Dhalang: Ki Joko Susilo. Joko is an eighth generation dhalang from Sragen, Central Java. He learnt from his father and gave his first all-night performance at the age of ten. He studied in Surakarta and later received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he now teaches and performs.

The puppet show was orchestrated by Indonesian traditional music performed by Gamelan Sekar Laras, a community organisation based in Adelaide, South Australia since 1983. Pak Hadi Soegito from Central Java, Indonesia, who lives in NSW, Pak Sofari Hidayat, and Pak Gede also performed alongside Ki Joko and Gamelan Sekar Laras.

It was a successful night for the South Australian community to celebrate ancient Indonesian culture. It shows great respect for Indonesian culture and friendship between Indonesian and Australian people.

We would like to express our gratitude to KBRI Canberra, KJRI Perth and Sydney, Ki Joko Susilo, Pak Hadi Soegito, Pak Sofari Hidayat, Pak Gede, Bu Widya Sinedu (Social Consul of KJRI Perth), Gamelan Sekar Laras, all attendees, organisers and volunteers. We hope the night gave us a long-lasting love and appreciation of Indonesian Wayang Kulit and gamelan.

10 reasons to join the AIASA

10 reasons to join the AIASA

Australian-Indonesian Association President, Firdaus, outlines ten simple reasons why people want to join a community group like AIA.

If you are an Indonesian living in South Australia, the question may be how do I give back to my community? How can I participate in the society and contribute in a positive way? What matters to me? What can I gain back from it? Is $20 a year worth the gain I will get from joining the AIA?

If you are Australian with an interest of Indonesian, connection personal or otherwise, business and social exposure, the questions may be how could I promote to my fellow citizen a better understanding of Indonesia and Indonesian culture as our neighbor? How do I meet Indonesians in a social context in Australia? How do enhance my language skills and my nuanced cultural understanding? How do I help bridging and narrowing the gap of the two communities, the Indonesian in SA and the mainstream Australians? Be an ambassador for your country and for Indonesia.

WHAT IS IN IT FOR ME TO JOIN AIA?

1. It builds up a sense of community
It’s good for your community- the more people work together and get to be familiar with the way things work, more people support each other, especially through tough times.

2. You can follow your interests and share your passion
It may be in Arts, Music, Recreation and Sports, Education, or humanitarian interests you can share your passion in the AIA

3. You can build your CV
If you are applying for university or a new job or even a new relationship, it helps to be able to demonstrate the unselfish efforts you are putting in for the community

4. You can make a contribution
We all want to make a better place for the world, even if it’s only by making sure our team has its turn at taking the flag. Promote your culture, promote better understanding from people to people.

5. It’s good for your country
We need a strong civil society, where we share a common goal. The more Australians know about Indonesia and Indonesians the better our standing is in the community, businesses, and government authorities. You are the people ambassador for Indonesia or vise versa.

6. You learn new skills
Governance skills, committee management, negotiations, minute taking, business planning if and from joining a committee

7. You can make new contacts
Keeping your network in good repair helps you to see opportunities when they come up and gives you people to call when you want help.

8. Meet new friends
Get to know people and work together with the things you all care about

9. It can be good for your health
Having a good social network extends your life and keeps you healthy. You can join the various activities and events that AIASA provides you.

10. Among 2018 AIASA events you can be/could have been part of include: 
Bushwalking, Contemporary Music Night; Wayang Kulit performance, theatre workshops; Cancer Walk; Picnic; Parliament Tour, Cooking Demo and Appreciation at Foodland; Cultural Performance at schools

Membership is only $20 per year for individuals ($18 for concession) and $30 for a family. So sign up now!

AIASA President Firdaus
September 2019

 

Indofest back in 2019!

Indofest back in 2019!

The Australian-Indonesian Association of South Australia (AIASA) has announced that Indofest-Adelaide will be held in Victoria Square on Sunday 28 April 2019, with funding confirmed from the City of Adelaide and the South Australian Department of Human Services, Community Services Division.

This popular festival managed almost exclusively by volunteers ran for ten consecutive years until 2017, when it moved to its new location of Victoria Square attended by a record crowd of 10,000.

AIASA President, Ms Firda Firdaus, says the funding will help the Association to present this free family event to Adelaide audiences again after taking a break in 2018.

In March 2018, Indofest-Adelaide 2017 won the highly prestigious and competitive South Australian Governor’s Multicultural Awards for Cultural Diversity under the organization category (pictured). Receiving this award is a huge honour and recognition for the hard work and success of Indofest-Adelaide 2017.

“Bringing ideas to life in such a big festival run by the community in a voluntary capacity required much effort. Many challenges arose along the way. However, every problem that appeared was solved and every obstacle was overcome,” said Ms Firdaus.

“The contribution from members of the Indonesian community in Adelaide, and the hard work and collaborative endeavor of the large number of people sitting on the committee were the driving force and the stimulus of this outstanding result.”

I would like to announce that Indofest-Adelaide is going to be coming back bigger and better in April 2019!

Indofest Schools Program 2018

Indofest Schools Program 2018

AIASA’s yearly Indofest Schools Program (ISP) began on 29 May and the group Pelangi Nusantara performed for St. Dominics Priory College for the lower and upper primary school as part of their Asian Week celebrations. The students were fantastic.

The remaining ISP visits will take place across term 3 and 4 of this year. This year’s coordinator is Mei Turnip.

If anyone is interested in getting involved as either a community group or school or if you require further information on this program, please contact indofest.isp@gmail.com