The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) in Perth held a Cultural Exhibition at the Mandurah Museum in Mandurah, Australia to promote Indonesia. The opening of the exhibition which was held on Saturday (5/8) was attended by the Minister for Arts and Culture, International Education and Sport of Western Australia, David Templeman, and Deputy Mayor of Mandurah, Caroline Knight.
General Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Perth, Listiana Operananta expressed the importance of building understanding through activities that are close to the public. According to her, Australia and Indonesia are close neighbours and it is natural that the people of the two countries have a close relationship.
The opening of the exhibition was enlivened by various dances from Indonesia, such as the Emprak Dance from East Java, the Betawi Mask Dance from Jakarta, as well as the Cendrawasih, and Selat Segara Dances from Bali.
The audience was also presented with an angklung performance by Darma Wanita Persatuan of the Indonesian Consulate General in Perth and the golden voice of Ruth Dian Lestari who sang ‘Tatingal di Papua’ and ‘Tanah Air’ songs. The opening of the exhibition was also filled with angklung workshops and dance arts for the visitors attending at the event. This Cultural Exhibition will be held until 3 September 2023 and aims to introduce the richness of Indonesian art and culture, as well as to promote relations between the people of Indonesia and Western Australia in Mandurah City.
This exhibition displays beautiful Indonesian clothing, and beautiful batik fabrics from Tuban as well as a variety of traditional clothing from across Nusantara.
The exhibition also features the very special “Potehan Kambarang” batik born from an artistic collaboration between West Australian Aboriginal artist, Cassandra Cartledge and Indonesian fashion designer, Embran Nawawi.