In­done­sians proud to share cul­ture

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

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.

Photo: REGGIO HARTONO

Tra­di­tional prac­tice: Ke­b­yar dancers Satiti Shakun­tala and Desy Cae­sary will be per­form­ing at Auck­land In­done­sian Fes­ti­val on March 29.

Photo: KA­RINA ABA­DIA

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.

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