07 Nov 2017 - 3:54
‘Indonesia Night 2017’ displays rich culture
It was a colourful celebration of Indonesia’s rich cultural diversity at “Indonesia Night” held yesterday at Shangri-La Hotel Doha.
The event featured mesmerizing traditional Indonesian dance performances and a wide array of authentic cuisine from the country of islands. It also highlighted a business meeting between Indonesian businessmen and Qatari business community to follow up the successful visit of H H Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to Indonesia on October 17 and 18.
The event was organised by the Indonesian embassy to promote the traditional culture and promoting Indonesia as a tourist destination, showcasing an array of cultural activities by the Indonesian Community in Qatar (Permiqa) led by Edwin Kurniawan. It was attended by ambassadors and diplomats, Qatari dignitaries and businessmen, the business community, travel agents, foreign expatriates and Indonesian community leaders.
In his opening speech, Indonesian Ambassador Muhammad Basri Sidehabi conveyed the highlights of H H Emir’s visit to Indonesia. Besides discussing wide-ranging issues on how to enhance bilateral relations and develop areas of co-operation, particularly in economy, energy, investment, tourism and infrastructure; both the leaders witnessed the signing of five agreements. Qatari’s Nebras Power also signed on contract for $1b investment on power plant project in Indonesia.
The envoy also announced Indonesia’s bid to be a non-permanent member of the UNSC from 2019 to 2020. H stressed Jakarta’s commitment and contributions to the UN made it a “true partner for world peace”. He added that as the world’s fourth most populous nation, third largest democracy, and largest Muslim-majority country, Indonesia was prepared to play a role.
The guests were welcomed with Lenggang Nyai dance which portrays the story of a beautiful elegant young women wearing colourful traditional East Asian-style costumes, whirling to the rhythm of the traditional music.
One of the highlights of the dance performances was the Tiga Dara (Three Maidens) dance, a lively Indonesian traditional dance.
The event also served Indonesian cuisine such as noodles, fried rice, chicken satay, meat balls, and spring rolls. One of the most vibrant cuisines in the world, Indonesia cuisine involves indigenous techniques and ingredients influenced by India, the Middle East, China, and Europe.
Minister Counselor of Indonesian Embassy, Boy Dharmawan said the trdances were performed by Puspa Kinarya (PQ) led by Mergie. PQ is an art studio of Indonesian diaspora in Qatar who often won various festivals of international art and culture in Qatar. While Angklung bamboo music was performed by the Qatar Indonesian Angklunger (QIA). They comprise housewives of Indonesian expatriates mostly working in the oil and gas, telecommunication and banking sector.