Semi-Theatrical Musical Adventure to Indonesia’s Folklores Took Stage in Boston
Boston, 10/2/2019 - An outstanding semi-theatrical performance was showcased in a concert titled Indonesian Cultural Night: LEGENDA, produced and organized by the Berklee Indonesian Community last night. Around 800 people came and filled the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. Each of them was lit, swayed and wowed by the energy dan exciting tunes from the original compositions of 6 Indonesian musicians of the Berklee Indonesian Ensemble and the graceful dances by Nusantara Kreasindo and Boston Cendrawasih dancers. Indonesia's well-known folklores such as Bawang Merah Bawang Putih, Cendrawasih, Malin Kundang, Ramayana, Telaga Biru, and Telaga Tiga Warna came to life in such an interesting depiction through music, songs, and dances.
The LEGENDA concert was created to further introduce and raise public awareness on the richness and uniqueness of various Indonesian arts and culture in the United States, especially in Massachusetts and neighboring New England states. And for that, the Indonesian Community of New England, Inc. (ICONE Inc.) is proud to be part of this one-of-a-kind collaborative Indonesian cultural event in Boston. Thank you to all the event partners, dancers, supporters, and volunteers who have helped make this event a truly night to remember.
Thousands of People Flocked the New England Indonesian Festival 2019 in Boston to Experience the Traditional Culture of Indonesia
Boston, 09/28/2019 - Thousands of people flocked the Copley Square in Boston to immerse themselves in what is known as the largest Indonesian festival on the east coast, the 2019 New England Indonesian Festival.
The New England Indonesian Festival (NEIF), organized by Permias MA (Indonesian student association in Massachusetts) in collaboration with the Indonesian Community of New England, Inc. (ICONE Inc.), is an annual celebration of Indonesian food, arts, and culture with over 10,000 people attending each year. The event featured live performances, food, folk-games, arts, and crafts showcased from 12 noon – 6 pm. It was a spectacular celebration of authentic Indonesian culture with the square filled with delicious smells, vibrant traditional performances and the sounds of excited visitors.
Dozens of Indonesian traditional food vendors, performers, and volunteers from across New England came together to take part in this annual event that has become the pride of Indonesians in Massachusetts and neighboring states.
NEIF 2019 showcased various traditional Indonesian arts and culture such as the dances from West Sumatera, Central Java, West Java, Bali, and South Sulawesi by the Indonesian dance groups Nusantara Kreasindo, Boston Cendrawasih, and Maengket Maleosan, as well as Angklung (a traditional bamboo music instrument from West Java) performance by the Boston Angklung Ensemble. Tons of Indonesian food, snacks, and drinks from all kinds of sate, rendang, bakso to batagor, martabak, lupis, cendol, and many more were sold out in a short time. Batik fashion show and live music by local singers and bands such as Berklee Indo, 24 Denby’s, Bernard Dinata, and Java Jukebox completed NEIF 2019 with a big bang and style.
Semarak New England Indonesian Festival 2019 Pukau Ribuan Pengunjung di Boston, Amerika Serikat
Boston, 29 September 2019 – Jantung kota Boston di Copley Square hari ini dipadati oleh ribuan pengunjung dari berbagai negara bagian di Amerika Serikat yang melebur dalam keriaan ala Indonesia sambil menikmati secara langsung beragam suguhan kuliner, tari, musik, dan budaya Indonesia di acara New England Indonesian Festival (NEIF) 2019. Belasan vendor makanan dan minuman Indonesia dari negara bagian Massachusetts, Maryland, Philadelphia, dan New York, serta puluhan pekerja seni dan sukarelawan yang terdiri dari masyarakat dan mahasiswa Indonesia di Boston dan sekitarnya turut serta mensukseskan acara akbar ini.
NEIF merupakan ajang festival Indonesia tahunan dan terbesar yang diadakan di New England, kawasan pantai timur Amerika Serikat dengan cakupan 6 negara bagian yaitu Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, dan Vermont. Dalam sambutan via video, Duta Besar Indonesia untuk Amerika, Mahendra Siregar, menyatakan kebanggaannya atas nama pemerintah Republik Indonesia akan keberhasilan mahasiswa-mahasiswa dan komunitas Indonesia di Massachusetts dalam menghadirkan festival Indonesia sebesar ini.
Diselenggarakan rutin sejak tahun 2013 oleh Permias Massachusetts (organisasi Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesia di Massachusetts) yang kemudian berkolaborasi dengan New England Indonesian Community Inc. (ICONE, Inc.), NEIF selalu mengangkat tema acara berbeda tiap tahunnya yang merujuk dari potensi budaya, alam, dan keunikan Indonesia. “Melalui konsep ‘Pasar Festival’ yang kami usung tahun ini, kami ingin menghadirkan suasana kemeriahan pasar tradisional Indonesia yang sangat khas dan dinamis di pusat kota Boston”, jelas Grace Purba, Presiden dari Permias Massachusetts. Adanya ajang festival ini tidak hanya dapat mengobati rasa rindu masyarakat Indonesia yang sedang berada disini akan Tanah Air, tapi juga dapat menambah ketertarikan dan pengetahuan masyarakat lokal akan keberagaman dan kekayaan seni, budaya, dan kuliner Indonesia. “NEIF merupakan bukti nyata bahwa kami sebagai mahasiswa Indonesia yang sedang menimba ilmu di Massachusetts dapat melakukan sesuatu yang berarti kepada Tanah Air dan komunitas kami di Amerika”, tambah Grace.
NEIF 2019 menampilkan beragam kesenian Indonesia seperti tarian dari daerah Sumatera Barat, Jawa Tengah, Jawa Barat, Bali, dan Sulawesi Utara yang dibawakan oleh sanggar tari Indonesia Nusantara Kreasindo, Boston Cendrawasih, dan Maengket Maleosan, serta pertunjukan angklung yang dibawakan oleh Boston Angklung Ensemble. Bermacam masakan dan hidangan penutup khas Indonesia, mulai dari sate, nasi padang, bakso, sampai dengan jajanan tradisional seperti batagor, martabak, lupis dan banyak lagi, habis terjual dalam waktu singkat. NEIF 2019 juga dimeriahkan oleh peragaan busana kebaya, permainan tradisional Indonesia, Batik workshop, serta suguhan live music dari beberapa penyanyi dan band lokal seperti Berklee Indo, 24 Denby’s, Bernard Dinata, dan Java Jukebox.
“NEIF 2019 adalah acara kebanggaan dari seluruh masyarakat Indonesia yang berada di New England dan merupakan buah karya bersama anak bangsa yang cinta akan negerinya”, 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 New England, Amerika Serikat. “Kami berharap sinergi positif sesama diaspora Indonesia di sini serta antara warga Indonesia dan warga setempat dapat terus terbina dengan baik demi tercapainya komunitas Indonesia yang bersatu, produktif, dan kreatif”, tambah Olla.
NEIF 2019 didukung oleh Kementerian Perindustrian RI, Konsulat Jenderal RI New York, Atase Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Indonesia di Amerika, Indonesian Student Association of the East Coast (PERMIAS East Coast), Protelindo, Danar Hadi dan 20 sponsor lainnya, serta perwakilan mahasiswa Indonesia di beberapa universitas di Massachusetts seperti Harvard University, Babson College, Boston University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Bentley University, dan Berklee School of Music.
Samarinda, 6/12/2019 - With the support of our community here in New England, ICONE has concluded the annual Ramadan Berbagi / Ramadan to Share program for this year. This program is one of ICONE's charity programs to give back to Indonesia that focuses on supporting education among children and youth in need in Indonesia.
This year, expanding our charity outreach outside Java, the donations with the amount of IDR 8,600,000 went to Panti Asuhan Aisyiah Siti Khadijah, an orphanage center located in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Thanks to those who have contributed to the children of this orphanage center while also purchased the scrumptious selections of Indonesian cookies (kue kering) made by our favorite partner and friend "Z's Kitchen Indonesian Baked Goods". Special thank you as well to our local representative, Rahmida Fadhilah, who has delivered the donation to the orphanage despite the heavy flooding that has been paralyzing most parts of the city since last week.
About Panti Asuhan Aisyiah Siti Khadijah
Panti Asuhan Aisyiyah Siti Khadijah is an orphanage center under the management of the Aisyiyah Muhammadiyah charitable department and located at Jl. Merdeka No. 27, Samarinda, East of Kalimantan, Indonesia. For its operations, the orphanage relies on public donations or sadaqah (almsgiving). The orphanage is currently taking care of 30 children (age 1-10 years old) and 24 youths (age 11-17 years old). Various educational programs, as well as vocational activities, are given at this center to better prepare these children and youths to live productively and independently in their future.
About Ramadhan Berbagi / Ramadhan to Share program
This program, while serving its purpose in supporting and empowering our local talents in culinary, is also one of ICONE’s giving back programs to Indonesia, which focuses on providing educational support to children and youth in need. Started in 2016, every Ramadhan, 100% of donation from this program goes to different targeted community and welfare institutions that requires help in Indonesia. Bersama, kita bisa!
Stoughton, 05/15/2019 – The Indonesian Community of New England, Inc. (ICONE) introduced Komodo dragon - the largest lizard in the world that only can be found in Komodo Island in Indonesia - to the elementary students in Massachusetts through book and storytelling. 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 the richness of Indonesian values, culture, and biodiversity to children in New England through stories and children books at local schools and libraries.
Our volunteer, Poppy Mulligan, read aloud a playful book titled “Dear Komodo Dragon” written by Nancy Kelly Allen at the Richard L. Wilkins Elementary School in Stoughton, Massachusetts. The students attentively listened to the amusing story about a little girl named Leslie and her real-life Komodo dragon pen-pal Komo. As pen-pals, the two characters learned about the things they both liked and how different their lives were. Initially wanted to be a dragon hunter when she grew up, Leslie changed her mind after learning that Komodo dragons are endangered species and her pen pal Komo is one of the only few left in the world. In the end, Leslie promised to protect all Komodo dragons and spread the word that they should not be poached or hunted.
From the book, the students learned that Komodo dragons are indigenous to Indonesia and also learned about their life cycle, physical and behavioral traits. At the end of the read-aloud session, the students eagerly asked questions about Komodo dragons, including whether they like to eat or attack humans. For their further reading, two Indonesian storybooks were donated to the class library.
Our special thanks to the school principal, Dr. Lisa Wheelan, and the kindergarten homeroom teacher, Ms. Kelly Fahey, for their support in making this storytelling session happened.
While we are working on the next storytelling events, please check out the following books from your local library and let your friends and families know about them.
“Dear Komodo Dragon” by Nancy Kelly Allen.
“Indonesian Children's Favorite Stories” by Joan Suyenaga.
“Balinese Children's Favorite Stories” by Victor Mason.
“I is for Indonesia” by Elizabeth Rush.
“Tari: The Little Balinese Dancer” by Pamela Noensie and Garretta Lamore.
Indonesian Food Bazaar 2019: Connecting People through Culinary, Culture, and Music
Cambridge, 4/27/2019 - The Indonesian community in New England celebrated the richness of its culture and the diversity of its people through culinary and music yesterday in Cambridge, MA. Not only attended by fellow Indonesians in the New England area, hundreds of people from different nationalities and backgrounds also flocked the Cambridge Masonic Hall to enjoy the varieties of delicacies from some of the best Indonesian food vendors in the region and amazing performances by the local Indonesian musicians, dancers, and poet.
As expressed by Olla Chas, ICONE's Co-Founder and President in her remark, one of ICONE's missions is to empower and bring the best out of Indonesians in New England and the bazaar is one of the most effective ways to showcase these strengths.
Several talented Indonesian musicians and singers, including four from Berkeley College of Music, who are now professional musicians based in Boston, one former Top 25 singers in the 2010 Indonesian Idol who's currently studying at Northeastern University, and three student musicians under Permias MA impressed the audience by their mix of musicality specialties - from jazz, pop, to dangdut renditions. A group of dancers from Boston Cendrawasih, an Indonesian traditional dance club based in Cambridge performed the delicate beauty of traditional dances from Aceh, West Sumatera, and Central Java. An enchanting Balinese dance was also presented by a native Balinese who's also a medical student at Harvard University. To add to the diversity of the performances, a jazz funk dance by an Indonesian professional dancer and a poetry reading were also showcased. The bazaar was also highlighted by a performance debut of an Indonesian student from Papua singing 'Aku Papua' that brought everybody to sing along with him proudly.
Each of the 12 food vendors participated were those who are specialized in different types of delicious Indonesian delicacies from various provinces in Indonesia. From West Sumatera's and North Sulawesi's spicy food like Rendang, Lontong Padang (rice cakes with veggies and egg in spicy coconut milk), Cumi Woku (Manadonese spicy braised squid), and so many varieties of food mixed in chili sauce; Javanese mild sweet food such as the Nasi Uduk Empal, Ayam Kalasan, Krecek (cattle skin stew), Gudeg (green jack fruit sweet stew), Chicken Satay, and many more; to all kinds of traditional desserts and refreshing beverages.
The bazaar was truly a testament of how the Indonesian community in New England, despite its diversity, can come together in harmony to share community strengths and culture through culinary and music.
Sincerest thank you to everyone who has helped in the making of this bazaar. ICONE's team members: Elvina Setia, Sophia Jamila, Rizki Setia, Amanda Madjid, Lina Pitono, Dhini Purnamasari, Dhanni Setyaning, Watty Grant, Tia Wulansari, and Ricky Djoko Basoeki. The MCs: Grace Purba and Kezia Erica. The vendors: Riri Dewi, Dita, Jeanne, Lia Muse, Martina, Mici's Kitchen by Micita Mahoney, Kartika by Afrianti Anggoro and Vera Lumowa, Dapur The Tio's, Bakso SuperPhilly, Z's Kitchen, Pecel Ndeso, Permias MA, Taste of Surabaya by Fefe Ang, Sury's Kitchen, and Dapurku by Susi Sihombing. All the performers and volunteers: Calvin Limuel, Kelvin Andreas, John Koh, Boston Cendrawasih, Arta Subagiarta, Felita Kezia, Marry Jane, Nelson, Pernus Tarasen, Maria Yuanita, Armaya Doremi, Sofia Widya Kezia, Ally Ang, Syarif, Jhendra Samodra, and friends from CCI program.
Cambridge 04/20/2019 – Once again ICONE has successfully conducted its Bahasa Indonesia course this spring with beginner and intermediate graduates. This seven-week program is part of ICONE's ongoing efforts in promoting Indonesian culture in New England through language and has been one of the most sought-after education initiatives that we have.
With the support of our experienced language instructor, Satyawidya Wulansari, students learned and practiced Bahasa in well-structured yet fun meetings. The students practiced their speaking, reading and writing skills through interactive exercises, games, and teamwork designed not only to help them become a better Bahasa Indonesia speaker but also to familiarize them with Indonesian culture and geography.
One of the activities that the students enjoyed the most was the "Monster Kamu Yang Mana" activity where they had to draw a funny-looking monster and described it to others for them to guess. They also enjoyed conversing with their peers as they not only got the chance to practice their vocabulary and grammar but also to hear their classmates speak Bahasa Indonesia.
By the end of the term, the Beginner class students were able to do the simple introduction, describe themselves to others, and ask and answer basic questions using simple sentences. The Intermediate class students were able to expand their skills from previous Beginner class and modify sentences using active transition verbs me-, passive transition verbs di-, and form nouns using -an.
Our sincere gratitude to Prof. Popy Rufaidah, the Education and Cultural Attache, and her team at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington DC for supporting ICONE in carrying out this program. Thank you as well to the President of Indonesian Students Association at MIT, Noortitan Hartono, for lending the classroom for the Bahasa Indonesia program, ICONE's President Olla Chas for leading, and ICONE's Director of Education, Arts, and Culture Dhini Purnamasari for her assistance in managing the program.
Indonesian Children Storytelling Tour Goes to New Hampshire
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thank you.
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.
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.
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.