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Indonesia is celebrating its 69th Independence Anniversary. And while that seems so little time in the history of our nearest neighbour, it’s easy to forget its position on the world map and the traders and occupiers who made their mark on this fascinating country, and the real history of Indonesia.
To celebrate the Indonesian Embassy held a reception on the most perfect Canberra spring day- albeit over a month after the official 16 August date - with guests spilling outside to enjoy the weather and the never ending trays of delicious taste treats and the usual conviviality of this occasion.
The dancers dressed in their spectacular costumes dripping in gold performed a dance to celebrate the ancient trading empire of Sriwijaya in South Sumatra that flourished in the 5th-7th centuries AD and the girls held steady the elaborate golden crowns that looked just a bit too heavy for anything other than a gentle rhythm. To toast the occasion the Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema made mention of his recent extended ‘home leave’ when things were a bit testy with them and us, but he’s quietly slipped back to Canberra to continue this posting with his wife and daughter on hand to keep the niceties of diplomacy ticking over.
And now it’s business as usual with Festival Indonesia coming up on Saturday 18 October at the Darwin Avenue Embassy and there will be food, glorious food, music and dancing and a bazaar. Lucky door prizes of airline tickets too and it all happens between 11am and 6pm. But before that family event the Indonesia Fair takes place at the National Convention Centre on 27 and 28 September and will showcase tourism, arts and crafts as well as cultural performances. This one has a business perspective showcasing opportunities but is open to the public as well.