Pencak Silat Festival was held at the Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, Maryland in the United States of America on Saturday (28/9). The event recorded history as the first festival which was held in the USA. The festival was participated in by hundreds of participants who were majority in the United States of American citizens and one of Pencak Silat maestros, Cecep Rahman. Cecep directly comes from Indonesia as star guest of the festival and shared his skill through workshop. The festival was also enlivened by warriors of Pencak Silat who educate various Silat colleges in the United States of America. In showing the uniqueness of cultural art element in Pencak Silat as original martial arts of Indonesia, there were two groups of Indonesian art culture from Washington DC and surrounding area, Rumah Gadang USA led by Muhammad Afdal, an artist from West Sumatra and Javanese Gamelan group of Indonesian embassy led by maestro Gamelan from Yogyakarta, Muryanto.
Twenty-six elementary students in Beijing, China accompanied by some teachers visited Indonesian embassy in Beijing towards celebration the 70th anniversary of the establishment of People’s Republic of China. Wade Cheng as companion of elementary students in Beijing, on Saturday (28/9) said that Indonesian embassy in Beijing is one of the main objects which should be visited by students because Indonesia has very tightly relations with China. At the Indonesian embassy in Beijing, those elementary students were received by ‘attaché staffs of Education and Culture and Indonesian students who joined in the Indonesian Student Association in China. They were taught to play Angklung, Sundanese traditional instruments from bamboo and traditional dances from some regions in Indonesia. On the sideline of the visit, those students enjoyed lunch with Indonesian cuisine.
Indonesian products were sold out by visitors of not only Indonesian citizens but also Danish citizens. Indonesian embassy’s press release in Denmark reported that those products such as batik and woven clothes were in demand, especially by women. Packaging food products such as soy sauce, chili sauce, abon and tea were also sold out. Many kinds of Archipelagic culinary such as Rendang, chicken kalio, gulai, chicken satay, fried rice, chicken noodle, Pangsit meatball, egg martabak, and Pempek were also sold. The visitors also tasted Wedang Secang and Indonesian coffee. Indonesian embassy in Copenhagen participated in Gentofte Cultural Festival held by the government of Gentofte district annually. This was stated by Indonesian ambassador to Denmark, M. Ibnu Said in press release on Saturday (28/9). In the festival, the visitors were also presented Pencak Silat attraction. Indonesian embassy in Copenhagen cooperated with Indonesian people and diaspora in implementing the cultural festival.