Celebrating Indonesian Weekend in London

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  • H.E. Rizal Sukma (second from left), The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia for UK, Ireland and IMO-UN, is standing along with his wife Hana (far left). Image: Indonesian Embassy in London / KBRI London

    H.E. Rizal Sukma (second from left), The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia for UK, Ireland and IMO-UN, is standing along with his wife Hana (far left). Image: Indonesian Embassy in London / KBRI London

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - To liven up the bank holiday weekend on Saturday and Sunday the 28th to the 29th of May  2016, Indonesia Weekend! presents food, music, culture, fashion and travel event being held with free entrance at Potters Field Park in Central London, London Bridge Tube Station, from 12-noon to 9pm BST (6pm WIB to 3am WIB).  Bangga Indonesia Ltd and Ditali Cipta Kreatif organisers bring performers to show martial arts, chefs for cooking demos, models for fashion show, dancers and musicians from Indonesia. People travelling, living, working and studying in London will wander on this 2-day event through the sounds and tastes of exotic Indonesia.

    The Indonesian Ambassador officially opened Indonesian Weekend! at 12-noon on Saturday (28/05). “London is an International melting pot and source of inspiration for many creative start-up industries in Europe,” said H.E. Rizal Sukma, Indonesian Ambassador. He continued, “This weekend will celebrate the welcoming energy of our warm tropical country, manifest in the young artists and entrepreneurs we bring to promote our creativity and look for future opportunities for increased collaboration between our two countries.”

    The ceremony progressed with Indonesian martial arts whilst stalls officially opened. The rest of the weekend will be bathed in Indonesia hospitality, in the green park and iconic setting of London, promoting the beauty, sophistication and friendliness of Indonesia in London. The Indonesian government are promoting Indonesia through a series of events that bring Indonesia to the UK. As part of London Weekend! at London Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) yesterday (27/05) has organised an introduction to a select group of business people based in the UK to meet and share experiences in an informal setting over canapés about Indonesian SMEs’ fashion and crafts products, i.e. jewellery, accessories, clothes and crafts.

    If you’ve holidayed in Bali, or taken a cultural tour of Java, you’ll know that the way to the heart of Indonesians is through the food. Mr. Degan Septoadji, judge for Master-Chef Indonesia, and Mr. Gede Susila Yadnya from the famous Potato Head Club in Bali demonstrating their creative flair. For the hungry, food outlets from Indonesian of UK-based caterers and restaurants and the emerging coffee houses of Java will serve you authentic Indonesian food at their stalls.

    If you’ve only seen Indonesia on television or film, ‘Raid Star’ Cecep demonstrating Pencak Silat, Indonesia’s historic martial art. Local Indonesian band, gamelan ensemble playing on stage, and Angklung, the traditional bamboo instruments can be tried in a pop-up music school. If you want to shop, over 2 dozens of Indonesia’s most innovative enterprises have set-up stands and be selling fashion items, accessories, beautiful Indonesian hand crafted scarves, shoes and handbags. Fashion shows will let you consider that there will of course be something for everyone.

    The Indonesian Government, -including the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Cooperatives of SMEs and Ministry of Education and Culture, including local governments of Central Java Province, Central Kalimantan Province and City of Bandung supported the event to target bringing more than 20 million foreign tourists to Indonesia by 2019, strengthening the growing commercial and tourism ties between Britain and Indonesia, showcasing the multi-faceted culture of Indonesia to Londoners and tourists from all over the world, as well as supporting the international growth of Indonesian brands.