The Indonesian community associated with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, came together this evening for a wonderful night of sharing, support, education, and entertainment. Permias Michigan, the Indonesian Student Association at the University put on a production of "Night at the Indonesian Museum" - a take-off of the popular Hollywood movie of a similar name. The performance capped off their annual Indonesian Cultural Night cosponsored by the Center for South East Asian Studies and the International Institute.
As the evening got underway, attendees were treated to a masterful performance by the UM Javanese Gamelan Ensemble. They filled the lobby of Angell Hall with exotic and beautiful sounds of classical Indonesian music. Before long, a tasty meal of some typical Indonesian food was served to everyone. While folks were still eating and enjoying the Gamelan music, Permias members manned booths showcasing traditional Indonesian crafts, a silent auction, and video presentations.
Then the time came to assemble in the auditorium for the performance. Everyone was honored to have in attendance the Consul General Stephanus M. Suwaryanto, his wife, and his staff from the Indonesian Consulate of Chicago. Mr. Suwaryanto delivered an inspiring speech in both Bahasa and English to open the ceremony. He touched on many important topics, including that Indonesia is comprised of over 17,000 islands, is home to hundereds of ethnic groups, and at 240 million people, is the world's third largest democracy. He further emphasized how forging unity while celebrating diversity is an important Indonesian ideal. He thanked all the students, the faculty, and supporters among the community for their efforts to pull together this exciting and educational evening.
The lights then went down and the audience was invited on a journey through a magical Indonesian museum where the exhibits come alive at night! The production was clever and engaging. Various groups of students as well as some faculty members performed traditional forms of music and dance from all over Indonesia including Bali, Java, Kalimantan, and Sumatra, among others. Throughout the performance, the museum curator shared with the audience interesting information about the individual acts and their cultural significance. The program included:
At the conclusion, there was a short quiz with prizes were awarded to audience members who able to answer questions about the performances and what they learned. The evening was a delight for all who attended. Everyone offered wishes of appreciation and thanks to the organizers and performers, to the faculty and staff of the University of Michigan, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Chicago, Mr. Stephanus M. Suwaryanto, his wife and his staff.
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