On Saturday, 31 May, the iconic Trafalgar Square in London will be the venue for a full day display of activities and performances presenting the wealth of Indonesia’s diverse culture, dance, music, handicrafts and culinary delights. “Hello Indonesia” invites all Londoners as well as visitors to London to try the flavours of this wonderful tropical South East Asian archipelago, writes the Art Shelf.
Supported by the Mayor of London, “Hello Indonesia” is brought by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia and the Indonesian Embassy in London in cooperation with Garuda Indonesia Airline. “Hello Indonesia” presents dynamic dances from Bali, Java and Sumatra and other parts of the archipelago, happy sounds from an orchestra of bamboo instruments called “angklung” and delicious Indonesian dishes specially prepared by master chefs directly flown in from Indonesia.
Held for the one day from 10.0 am to 6.0 pm, it is a FREE event for all to enjoy.
There will be 20 booths spread out around Trafalgar Square, offering unique handicrafts and exotic jewelry from Bali to Java,Flores and other islands. You can buy ready-made batik dresses and shirts or take time to learn the art of batik hands-on. A booth will offer ready prepared herbs and spices for all to try cooking Indonesian dishes in your own kitchens.
“We are incredibly excited to be bringing a wonderful slice of Indonesian culture to central London”, comments Esthy Reko Astuty, Director General of Tourism Marketing at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. “The UK market is of huge importance to Indonesia and we are encouraging consumers of all ages to join us at this great festival and learn more about this culturally rich gem in South East Asia, with dynamic entertainment that we hope will enthral and inspire every visitor passing through TrafalgarSquare”
Garuda Indonesia plans to re-launch its direct London-Jakarta flights towards the end of this year.
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