• Sarah Putri and Firdaus Islamadini

    Sarah Putri and Firdaus Islamadini

  • Ronny Noor and Kusuma Habir

    Ronny Noor and Kusuma Habir

  • Princes Ance Joice Nababan, Gracie Santoso, Jessica Mulyawan, Kevin Mugianto and Billy Manbrasar

    Princes Ance Joice Nababan, Gracie Santoso, Jessica Mulyawan, Kevin Mugianto and Billy Manbrasar

  • Piotr Buszta and Marek Kijewski

    Piotr Buszta and Marek Kijewski

  • Onny Silaban

    Onny Silaban

  • Novie Suwito and Susanita Dudley

    Novie Suwito and Susanita Dudley

  • Nisa Riphat and her parents Nino Najib Riphat and Ambassador of Indonesia Najib, Riphat Kesoema

    Nisa Riphat and her parents Nino Najib Riphat and Ambassador of Indonesia Najib, Riphat Kesoema

  • High Commissioner of Malaysia Zainal Abidin Ahmad, Ambassador of Cambodia Chum Sounry and Ambassador of Laos Phomma Khammanichanh

    High Commissioner of Malaysia Zainal Abidin Ahmad, Ambassador of Cambodia Chum Sounry and Ambassador of Laos Phomma Khammanichanh

  • Firdaus Islamadini

    Firdaus Islamadini

  • Traditional Indonesian Gamelan musicians playing for the reception

    Traditional Indonesian Gamelan musicians playing for the reception

  • Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and Air Force Marshal Weko Syofyan

    Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and Air Force Marshal Weko Syofyan

  • Ambassador of Iraq Mouayed Saleh and High Commissioner of Singapore Burhan Gafoor

    Ambassador of Iraq Mouayed Saleh and High Commissioner of Singapore Burhan Gafoor

  • Carmen Novoa and Captain Victor Novoa

    Carmen Novoa and Captain Victor Novoa

  • Sari Ranti

    Sari Ranti

Indonesia's Independence Anniversary

23 September 2014

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.