Indonesian Storytelling Tour Goes to New Hampshire

Indonesian Children Storytelling Tour Goes to New Hampshire

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Madbury, 03/31/2019 – ICONE brings Indonesian children stories about Indonesian values of respect and caring to one of the Sunday schools in New Hampshire today. Supported by the Education and Cultural Attaché office at Embassy of Republic Indonesia in Washington D.C., this initiative is part of ICONE's Indonesian Storytelling Tour program that aims at introducing and promoting Indonesian values and culture to children in New England through stories and children books at local schools and libraries.

ICONE's volunteers, Belinda Dinsmore and Juliana Houseman,  read aloud the Indonesian folktale "Kancil Steals Cucumber" from the book "Indonesian Children's Favorite Stories" by Joan Suyenaga, in their Sunday school at the Maranatha Indonesia United Church of Christ, Madbury, New Hampshire. The students were amused by Kancil, a mischievous mouse-deer character from the book who steals cucumbers from a farmer regularly. Annoyed when seeing most of his cucumbers gone in the morning, the farmer built himself a scarecrow to scare away the thief. He also applied very sticky jackfruit sap on the scarecrow. Being arrogant, Kancil kicked the scarecrow, got stuck, and was consequently captured. Put in a cage in the farmer's house and was about to get slaughtered, Kancil tricked the farmer's pet, a dog, into taking his place. The folktale ends when the dog was left in the cage thinking of his stupidity. Through this folktale, the students learned about the importance of not being arrogant and not underestimating one's intelligence.

Besides listening to the story, the students also learned about the old way of livings and the different Indonesian traditional clothes from looking at the different illustrations in the book. Our volunteers also shared some general information about Indonesia to the students and their parents, such as how diverse Indonesia is in terms of its people and culture, as well as about its 34 provinces. At the end of the storytelling session, two books were donated by ICONE's representative in New Hampshire Lina Pitono to the Sunday school for further reading and sharing.

While we're working on the next storytelling sessions, please check out the following books from your local library and let your friends and families know about them.

    • "Indonesian Children's Favorite Stories" by Joan Suyenaga.
    • "Balinese Children's Favorite Stories" by Victor Mason.
    • "Dear Komodo Dragon" by Nancy Kelly Allen.
    • "I is for Indonesia" by Elizabeth Rush.
    • "Tari: The Little Balinese Dancer" by Pamela Noensie and Garretta Lamore.
    • "Go to Sleep, Gecko!" by Margaret Read MacDonald.

If you would like to know more about our storytelling program, would like to have the Indonesian storytelling brought to your children’s school or close-by library(s), or would like to volunteer, please email us at contact@icone-inc.org or dhini@icone-inc.org. Thank you.

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Also read: ICONE Launch Indonesian Storytelling Tour Program in New England

 

Warung Konsuler 2019 & Perpisahan KonJen RI di Boston

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Boston, 3/30/2019 – Puluhan WNI yang tersebar di kawasan Massachusetts dan New Hampshire memadati kegiatan Warung Konsuler 2019 yang diadakan di Boston hari ini atas kerjasama antara KJRI New York, ICONE, Boston City Blessing Church dan Permias MA. Warga Indonesia yang datang memanfaatkan kesempatan untuk mendapatkan berbagai layanan konsuler dari tim KJRI New York seperti pembaruan/perpanjangan paspor, legalisasi dokumen, lapor diri dan konsultasi konsuler. Dari semua layanan konsuler yang ditawarkan, layanan paspor mendapatkan respon yang paling banyak dari warga dengan jumlah pendaftaran lebih dari 40 orang yang menyebabkan tim KJRI harus membatasi jumlah yang dapat dilayani menjadi 37 orang saja. Jumlah ini, menurut Konsul Konsuler Ibu Annisa Tyas Purwanti, adalah sebuah record layanan paspor paling tinggi dalam satu hari layanan yang pernah dilakukan selama ini oleh KJRI New York melalui kegiatan Warung Konsuler. Tingginya permintaan atas layanan paspor ini, merupakan hasil kombinasi dari gencarnya informasi yang disalurkan ke masyarakat sebelum kegiatan ini berlangsung oleh ICONE dan keinginan WNI di New England untuk mengurus paspor mereka di lokasi yang terdekat.

Pada kesempatan dan ditempat yang sama, warga juga mengadakan ramah tamah dengan KonJen RI Bapak Abdul Kadir Jailani yang telah menyelesaikan masa tugas di Amerika untuk selanjutnya mengemban amanah dari negara menjadi Duta Besar Indonesia di Kanada. Beberapa anggota masyarakat yang hadir menyampaikan rasa terima kasih mereka yang sedalam-dalamnya kepada Bapak Abdul Kadir dan secara gamblang menyatakan bahwa beliau adalah salah satu KonJen terbaik yang pernah masyarakat New England dapatkan selama ini. Acara ramah tamah ini juga dilengkapi dengan suguhan hiburan dari beberapa musisi muda Indonesia yang merupakan alumni dari Berklee College of Music, pemotongan tumpeng, dan makan siang bersama.

Terima kasih kepada seluruh pendukung kegiatan ini: Pastor Zee dan Daniel Pattianakotta dari Boston City Blessing Church atas penyediaan lokasi acara, tim Permias Massachuseets yang digawangi oleh Grace Purba, teman-teman alumni dari Berklee College of Music, serta tim ICONE yang dipimpin oleh Olla Chas yaitu Elvina Setia, Sophia Jamilah, Rizki Setia, Lina Pitono, Dhanni Setyaning, dan Watty Grant. Tidak lupa juga terima kasih kepada tim konsumsi: Lia Muse, Vera Lumowa, Yuandita Prasanti, dan Micita Mahoney.

Bersama, kita bisa!

Balinese Dance Workshop – Bringing One of the World Cultural Heritage From Indonesia to New England

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Cambridge, MA, 3/24/2019 - As one of our missions to promote Indonesian arts and culture to the New England community, ICONE has concluded its first Balinese dance workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts today. In this 3-week workshop, beginner level participants learned the basic movements of Puspa Wresti dance, a popular traditional Balinese dance inspired by the celebration of the Gods' descent to earth.

Dressed in Balinese songket sarongs while enjoying each other's companionship throughout the workshop, the participants immersed in the delicate yet striking individual postures and gestures that form the basics of Balinese dance, one of UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage. They learned how to dance with various components of a Balinese dance including different "agem" (fundamental postures), "tandang" (transitional movements), and "tangkep" (facial expressions). They were also able to integrate all these with the sound beats of enchanting Balinese gamelan.

Special thank you to our native and experienced dance instructor, I Made Subagiarta, for passionately and skillfully trained our participants with their first Balinese dance steps. We'd also like to express our gratitude to the Indonesian Education and Cultural Attache, Prof. Popy Rufaidah and her team at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington DC for supporting ICONE in organizing this program. Thank you as well to our volunteers, Dimas Muhamad and Hafiz Al Asad, for bringing the Balinese clothing ensembles all the way from Indonesia. Last but not the least, thank you to ICONE's President, Olla Chas, for spearheading this program, as well as ICONE's Director of Education, Art, and Culture, Dhini Purnamasari, for arranging and managing the workshop to a success.

 

Movie Screening: Rudy Habibie

Movie Screening: Rudy Habibie

 

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Boston, 2/23/2019 - Families, students and professionals from across New England came together today at Northeastern University, Boston to enjoy the third Indonesian movie screening held by ICONE, Inc. and Permias MA. RUDY HABIBIE is one of the all-time-favorite Indonesian movies based on the book “Rudy: The Young Life of the Visioner” by Gina S. Noer and is the prequel to the Habibie & Ainun movie directed by the award winning Indonesian movie director, Hanung Bramantyo. RUDY HABIBIE tells a story about the transformational third president of Indonesia, BJ Habibie, who experienced hardships, love and triumphs during his early years.

Not only entertained by this inspirational movie, participants were also served with scrumptious Indonesian food especially made by our local Indonesian chefs: Afrianti Anggoro, Dita Prasanty, and Diah Darmakusuma. Congratulation as well to Lina Pitono who have won the raffle prize. Last but not the least, a special shout out of appreciation to the ICONE and Permias MA team members who have collaborated to feature another amazing Indonesian movie in Boston: Olla Chas, Adhni Mulachela, Elvina Setia, Sophia Jamila, Dhini Purnamasari, and Dhanni Setyaning.

Bersama, kita bisa!

ICONE Launch Indonesian Storytelling Tour Program in New England

ICONE Launch Indonesian Children Storytelling Tour in New England

Teaching Young Readers The Indonesian Values of Respect, Sharing, Disciplines, Hardwork and Caring to the Environment & Community

Cambridge, 01/28/2019 – As part of our education programs, ICONE – supported by the Education and Cultural Attaché office at Embassy of Republic Indonesia in Washington D.C. – is initiating an Indonesian Storytelling Tour program in the New England region. The Indonesian Storytelling Tour program aims at introducing and promoting Indonesian values and culture to children in New England through Indonesian stories and children books at local schools and libraries.

The storytelling at the Al-Bustan Preschool in Cambridge today, marks the first ICONE’s Indonesian Storytelling Tour program. ICONE’s volunteer, Dhini Purnamasari, read a Balinese folklore book titled “Go to Sleep Gecko!” to the preschoolers. In that read-aloud session, the children learned a glimpse of Indonesian culture from an enjoyable story of a Gecko that used to not be able to sleep because of the fireflies around him, but then learned that he just needed to put up with some things in life. His request that the fireflies stop working at night sets off a comical chain of problems for everyone in his village and complicates everyone's life. In the end, Gecko’s friend the Elephant, teaches Gecko that everyone has a purpose in the village: the fireflies provide light, the buffalo provides safety and the rain provides nourishment. Everything is connected. Through this cumulative tale from the Balinese tradition, Gecko learns that his well-being depends on that of the entire village and he finally goes to sleep, a little wiser. This Balinese folktale will teach readers the importance of respect, sharing and citizenship.

For further reading about Indonesian culture and nature, three children books were donated for the school's library.

ICONE is currently working on the next storytelling events to reach a broader audience in the New England area. Meanwhile, check out the following children's books in your local libraries and help us spread the words:

    • Go to Sleep, Gecko!” by Margaret Read MacDonald.
    • Indonesian Children's Favorite Stories” by Joan Suyenaga.
    • Balinese Children's Favorite Stories” by Victor Mason.
    • Dear Komodo Dragon” by Nancy Kelly Allen.
    • I is for Indonesia” by Elizabeth Rush.
    • Tari: The Little Balinese Dancer” by Pamela Noensie and Garretta Lamore.

If you'd like to know more about our storytelling program, would like to have the Indonesian storytelling brought to your children’s school or close-by library(s), or would like to volunteer, please email us at contact@icone-inc.org or dhini@icone-inc.org. Thank you.

 

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Also read: Indonesian Children Storytelling Tour Goes to New Hampshire

Sharing Session With Dr. Handry Satriago

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Handry Satriago Himbau Mahasiswa dan Profesional di Boston, Amerika Serikat Siap Tangguh Dalam Persaingan Sumber Daya Manusia di Indonesia

Boston, 22 Januari 2019 – Bertemakan "Leadership & Global Talent Development in Indonesia", Handry Satriago, CEO dari General Electric Indonesia, mengajak para mahasiswa dan kalangan profesional Indonesia di Boston untuk siap dalam menghadapi berbagai tantangan pengembangan sumber daya manusia di Indonesia. Di acara diskusi terbuka yang diadakan oleh Indonesian Community of New England, Inc. (ICONE, Inc.) dan Asosiasi Mahasiswa Indonesia di MIT (MIT-AIS), puluhan profesional dan mahasiswa Indonesia dari berbagai universitas di Boston seperti Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston College, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Boston University, dan Tufts University mendapat arahan-arahan berguna dari Handry untuk dapat bersaing dan kelak menjadi pemimpin-pemimpin berpotensi di dunia kerja Indonesia.

Menurut Handry, penerapan prinsip kepemimpinan yang modern, mempunyai kepercayaan diri untuk berkompetisi, mau belajar dari kesalahan, pantang menyerah, dan selalu membuat patokan prioritas dalam bertindak menjadi faktor penentu penting untuk sukses bersaing di dalam dunia kerja.  Ketika berbincang tentang gaya kepemimpinan, Handry berujar, "leadership is a perception of the followers". Saat ini, konsep ‘anak buah’ sudah menjadi konsep yang out-of-date dan tidak cocok diterapkan lagi. Acuan pola pikir ‘anak buah’ ini dapat menghambat pengembangan talenta di Indonesia karena menyebabkan anggota organisasi cenderung mengikuti perintah atasan tanpa berpikir dua kali, tidak berani untuk menjadi kreatif, dan kurang percaya diri. "Let’s cut the cycle!", himbau Handry ketika membahas tentang budaya tidak baik, yang seringkali diwariskan dalam sebuah organisasi, perusahaan maupun institusi pemerintahan, agar para pemimpin masa depan tidak terpengaruh oleh budaya buruk seperti korupsi. 

Dalam sesi tanya jawab, para peserta dengan antusias berdiskusi dengan Handry mengenai beragam isu-isu terkait, seperti kesiapan talenta di Indonesia dalam menerapkan teknologi yang diambil dari negara lain, pengalaman beliau dalam usaha pengembangan dan penyebaran alat-alat berteknologi tinggi termasuk peralatan medis terkini di Indonesia, dan bagaimana kaum intelektual harus lebih aktif dalam mengubah status quo di Indonesia walaupun tidak jarang dicap sebagai elitis.

“Kami berharap dengan diadakannya diskusi terbuka dengan praktisi-praktisi usaha seperti bapak Handry ini dapat makin menginspirasi kalangan mahasiswa dan profesional Indonesia disini untuk tidak pernah berhenti menggali potensi mereka dan nantinya dapat berkontribusi dalam kemajuan Indonesia di berbagai bidang”, ujar Olla Chas, Co-founder & President ICONE, Inc., sebuah organisasi nirlaba yang menaungi beragam kegiatan kemasyarakatan Indonesia-Amerika, edukasi dan promosi seni budaya Indonesia di kawasan New England, Amerika Serikat.


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Terima kasih atas kolaborasi antara tim ICONE dan MIT-AIS  atas berlangsungnya acara diskusi ini: Valentino Sudaryo, Titan, Adrian, Sophia Jamila, Elvina Setia, Dhini Purnamasari, Rizki Setia, dan Olla Chas.


 

Check out also: ICONE in the News

Balinese Dance Workshop

Balinese Dance Workshop

Whether you have been to Bali or not, you will be mesmerized by the Balinese dance – a very primordial dance tradition that is a part of the religious and artistic expression among the Balinese people. Come and join us at our 3-week sessions of Balinese Dance Workshop this spring to learn the dance basics with our skilled instructor and take pride in your first Balinese dance steps. In this workshop, you will learn one of the most famous Balinese dances called the Puspa Wresti Dance.

Designed for beginners, age 15 and older, our instructor will explain the meaning(s) behind the delicate yet striking individual postures and gestures that forms the basics of Balinese dance. You will learn how to dance with the integrated body movements, using your fingers, hands, head, eyes and facial gestures, that make the Balinese dance so unique and beautiful. Such a wonderful way to learn about the richness of Bali-Hindu and Indonesian cultures while enjoying a bit of exercise.

We will provide the sash and the sarong for you. So let’s have fun dancing with us in the 1 ½ hour workshop, every Saturday at 1pm - 2.30pm on March 9-23, 2019!

 


 

About the Puspa Wresti Dance

Puspa (flower) Wresti (rain) dance is inspired by the celebration of the Gods' descent to earth. It is traditionally danced by men and women to welcome and show respect to the visitors coming to their village.

 

About the Instructor

As a Goodwill Ambassador of Republic of Indonesia and a native Balinese, I Made Subagiarta (Arta) is passionate in sharing Indonesian culture with the world through traditional Balinese dances. He recently performed Baris Dance at the 2018 New England Indonesian Festival in Copley Square, Boston where thousands of visitors attended the event. Other than studying full time as a graduate student at Harvard Medical School, Arta enjoys dreaming up new stories in his spare time.

Indonesia’s Sunda Strait Tsunami Relief

Updated on 2/12/2019:

Thank you to all our donators, together we have collected a total of USD1,251 (IDR17,000,000) for Indonesia’s Sunda Strait tsunami survivors. 100% of the donations has been given to the Indonesian Red Cross at its headquarter in Jakarta on Tuesday, February 12th 2019. The symbolic handover was carried out by ICONE’s representative Wijaya Suhendra and Indonesia Red Cross representative Redynal in Jakarta.

The Indonesian Red Cross will use every cent of all donations received to provide tsunami survivors in the Sunda Strait region with sanitation kits and temporary shelters.

Left to right: donation handover between ICONE’s representative Wijaya Suhendra and Redynal from the Indonesian Red Cross in Jakarta.

Below is the original posting of the fundraiser, dated on 12/25/2018.

On Saturday (12/22/2018) at 9:27 p.m. local time, a tsunami struck the coastal areas of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. The tsunami was caused by an abnormal tidal wave surge due to a full moon and an underwater landslide following the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano.

Based on the latest information from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), as of Tuesday afternoon (12/25/2018), the death toll has reached 429, with 1,485 people injured, 154 people missing, and 16,082 people sought safety and shelter away from their houses.

Pandeglang regency in Banten, a popular tourist destination, was the worst-hit area. Other regencies hit by the tsunami are Serang in Banten and South Lampung in Lampung. In the latter, the four worst-hit sub-districts are Kalianda, Rajabasa, Sidomulyo and Katibung.

At this time of need, we are asking you for your kind support towards the people of Sunda Strait. Please help us in easing their pains and sorrows by donating any amount you wish to contribute. Your support is greatly appreciated in this difficult time. All donations will be proceeded to a trusted non-profit and humanitarian organization, who will use it to provide essential aid supplies such as ready-to-eat food, water purification kits, and shelter packs at the disaster zones.

Please make your donation through our GoFundMe page.

From the bottom of our heart, we thank you in advance for your help.

Sosialisasi Pemilu 2019 & Layanan Konsuler

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Kegiatan Sosialisasi Pemilu 2019 dan Layanan Konsuler telah berlangsung dengan sukses pada tanggal 11 November, 2019 di Boston, Massachusetts. Panitia Pemilu Luar Negeri (PPLN) New York yang telah melakukan kegiatan yang sama di beberapa negara bagian lainnya di kawasan pantai timur Amerika Serikat, kali ini didukung oleh ICONE dan Permias MA telah memfasilitasi warga negara Indonesia yang berdomisili di Massachusetts khususnya dan di wilayah New England pada umumnya, untuk mendaftarkan diri dan mengetahui lebih banyak mengenai pemilu serentak luar negeri yang akan dilaksanakan pada tanggal 13 April, 2019. Puluhan warga negara Indonesia yang terdiri dari kalangan profesional, keluarga dan mahasiswa hadir untuk memastikan hak pilih mereka dapat digunakan di Pemilu 2019 nanti.

Terima kasih atas kerjasama semua pihak yang telah membantu terselenggaranya acara ini. Termasuk didalamnya adalah: Ginda Bastari dan Daisy Loho (PPLN-NY); Sandy D. Satrio (KJRI NY); Olla Chas, Sophia Hawkeyes dan Dania Dhanni (ICONE); Adhni Mulachela (PERMIAS MA); dan Micita Mahoney (konsumsi).

Mari sukseskan bersama Pemilu 2019! Ayo gunakan hak pilih kita demi menuju Indonesia yang lebih baik, damai dan sejahtera.

2017 New England Indonesian Festival

For the 5th year in a row, the New England Indonesian Festival (NEIF) was once again rocked Boston on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 as the largest & the most sought-after Indonesian festival in the New England area. Undeterred by the damp weather on the day of the event, thousands of people came to celebrate our community, culture and culinary.

Thank you to all the Permias Massachusetts‘s team members (Dian Mak, Lucius Janison Simkoputra, Austin, Adhni, Christian, etc.) who led the project and collaborated with ICONE to make this event happen. You guys are awesome!

Many thanks to all the vendors (Nina Mae, Rosita Rachim, Z’s Kitchen, Bakso Superphilly, Selera Bunda, On’e Nuri, Felisia Jacobus, Rosa Insco and Nurhayati Tios Sumarto), Nusantara Kreasindo, pak Ismunandar Ismu from Atdikbud DC, Rumah Budaya Indonesia and Singo Lodoyo from Washington DC, KEMENPAR from Jakarta, Java Jukebox, Dhini Purnamasari and Aditya Yodha for the supports and participation.

Last not least, thank you to ICONE’s team and volunteers: Olla Chas, Elvina Muzdhalifah, Rizki Setia, Willa Lydia Sullivan & Dan, Yana Regan, Dania Dhanni Setyaning, Watty Grant, Sophia Hawkeyes & husband, Fahlino, Uum Humaerah & mas Sukidi, Vera Lumowa, Riri Dewi, Ramon Padmasambhava, Micita Mahoney and Sean, plus the kids: Faris, Salma, Hannah and Chris. Despite of the rain and all, each and everyone of you have done your best to make things rolling.

Together, WE CAN!

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SIARAN PERS

Reog, Orang Utan, Komodo dan Rendang Tarik Minat Ribuan Pengunjung New England Indonesian Festival 2017 di Boston, Amerika Serikat

 Boston, 30 September 2017 – Keunikan seni tari Reog Ponorogo, rasa rendang Padang yang khas dan kekayaan margasatwa yang hanya ada di Indonesia seperti Orang Utan dan Komodo berhasil menarik minat ribuan pengunjung yang memadati area New England Indonesian Festival (NEIF) 2017 di jantung kota Boston, Copley Square pada hari Sabtu, 30 September 2017.  Guyuran hujan yang mewarnai acara tidak menyurutkan keinginan para pengunjung untuk tetap menghadiri NEIF 2017 yang merupakan ajang festival budaya, seni dan kulinari Indonesia tahunan terbesar yang paling ditunggu di kawasan pantai timur Amerika Serikat.

Diselenggarakan untuk ke-5 kalinya oleh PERMIAS Massachusetts (organisasi Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesia di Massachussets, Amerika) dan New England Indonesian Community Inc. (ICONE, Inc.), NEIF 2017 dikemas secara menarik dan didukung oleh kantor Atase Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI dan Rumah Budaya Indonesia dari Washington DC, beserta Wonderful Indonesia dari Kementerian Pariwisata Indonesia dari Jakarta. NEIF 2017 juga dibantu oleh para sukarelawan, pekerja seni dan pengusaha makanan dan cendramata khas Indonesia yang berasal dari Massachusetts, Maryland, Philadelphia, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut dan Washington DC.

Berbeda dengan tahun-tahun sebelumnya, kali ini NEIF 2017 mengusung tema acara “Indonesian Wildlife”. “Sejalan dengan makin bertambahnya kepedulian masyarakat global akan isu-isu lingkungan hidup, kami ingin meningkatkan pengetahuan masyarakat lokal di kawasan New England mengenai keberagaman dan keunikan flora dan fauna yang dimiliki oleh Indonesia, seperti Orang Utan, Komodo, bunga Rafflesia dan lainnya”, jelas Dian Mak, Presiden dari PERMIAS Massachusetts.  NEIF 2017 ini juga mengangkat sisi keaneka-ragaman budaya beberapa kelompok etnis dalam masyarakat Indonesia yang bersentuhan dengan kehidupan satwa-satwa unik Indonesia melalui suguhan tari-tarian dan musik traditional seperti Reog dari Ponorogo,  Tari Merak dari Jawa Barat, dan Tari Cendrawasih dari Bali.

“Selain menjadi kesempatan untuk mempromosikan keaneka ragaman flora dan fauna serta kulinari Indonesia, NEIF 2017 juga merupakan ajang untuk menunjukkan bahwa komunitas Indonesia di Amerika Serikat adalah komunitas yang kuat, mempunyai semangat gotong royong yang hebat dan menjunjung tinggi persatuan. Hal ini terlihat dari antusiasme dan partisipasi dari berbagai lapisan dan golongan masyarakat serta mahasiswa Indonesia yang saat ini tinggal di kawasan pantai timur Amerika Serikat”, ujar Olla Chas, Co-Founder & President dari ICONE, Inc, sebuah organisasi nirlaba berbasis sukarelawan yang menaungi beragam kegiatan kemasyarakatan Indonesia-Amerika dan promosi seni budaya Indonesia di kawasan New England, Amerika Serikat. “Kami ingin memperlihatkan kepada masyarakat Amerika disini bahwa persatuan dalam keberagaman (unity in diversity) inilah yang membuat Indonesia bisa unggul dan berbeda dari negara lainnya”, tambah Olla.

Beragam suguhan kesenian Indonesia dibawakan oleh tim Wonderful Indonesia dari Kementerian Pariwisata Indonesia, Nusantara Kreasindo (sanggar tari Indonesia asal New Hampshire) dan Singo Lodoyo (sanggar budaya Ponorogo dari Washington DC). Puluhan jenis masakan dan hidangan penutup khas Indonesia habis terjual untuk memenuhi kerinduan kulinari diaspora Indonesia, serta keingintahuan masyarakat lokal Boston akan keunikan dan kelezatan rasa makanan-makanan Indonesia. Rendang, mie bakso dan sate merupakan beberapa menu makanan yang paling banyak diminati oleh masyarakat lokal. NEIF 2017 juga dimeriahkan oleh peragaan busana daerah, permainan tradisional Indonesia, Batik workshop, penjualan kerajinan dan pernak-pernik khas Indonesia, serta suguhan live music performance dari beberapa band lokal.

 

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