Indonesians proud to share culture
Maman Baboe has ambitious plans for the Auckland Indonesian Festival. He’d like it to become one of the biggest cultural festivals in the region.
The fourth annual festival is being put on by the Indonesia New Zealand Society and will take place on March 29 from 11am till 9pm.
More than 500 people attended the event at TAPAC in Western Springs last year and Mr Baboe hopes attendance will keep on growing.
‘‘I envy other communities with festivals like the Lantern Festival and Diwali Festival. We are not that big a number of Indonesians living here but we need to start somewhere.
‘‘We are trying to be New Zealanders but we need to create awareness of our culture too. It’s my contribution to New Zealand,’’ he says.
Originally from Jakarta Mr Baboe is the secretary of the Indonesia New Zealand Society and moved to Auckland in January 2001.
As the government slogan goes, Indonesia is united in its diversity, Mr Baboe says. ‘‘We have 1300 islands and hundreds of thousands of different tribes but we’re very united and friendly people,’’ he says.
The festival provides a good opportunity to find out about Indonesian culture beyond Bali, he says.
You can sample authentic Indonesian cuisine at the various food stalls, buy crafts and attend a workshop on the art of batik, the traditional cloth-dyeing process.
Entertainment includes a puppet show and traditional dance performances as well as screenings of Indonesian films with English subtitles.
Traditional practice: Kebyar dancers Satiti Shakuntala and Desy Caesary will be performing at Auckland Indonesian Festival on March 29.
Enthusiastic promoter: Maman Baboe is the co-organiser of Auckland Indonesian Festival.
Go to centralleader.co.nz and click Latest Edition to see a video of kebyar dancers in action.