The Indonesian Consulate General in Shanghai in collaboration with the Indonesian Students Association in Shanghai and ECNU held the 2017 Indonesian Cultural Festival on May 25. The festival initially kicked-off around noon at the Zhongbei campus.
Local ECNU students indulged in some classic Indonesian-style foods in front of ECNU’s Hexi Dining Hall during the celebration and festivities to taste the real, exotic flavor of Indonesian delicacies. Meanwhile, there were also some additional exhibits set-up to display the unique cultural elements of Indonesian handicrafts, musical instruments and clothing.
At night-time, the Indonesian consul general in Shanghai Siti Nugraha Mauludiah and ECNU vice president Sun Zhenrong took their place in the crowd of ECNU body and outside participants who attended the festival at the ECNU auditorium. Apart from the food and cultural display activities, the event hosted a series of traditional Indonesian cultural performances staged by students from Indonesia who are currently studying in Shanghai.
At the opening speech, Vice-president Sun on behalf of the ECNU body, extended his warm welcome to all of the guests. He stated that the university will strive to uphold the core-concepts of openness, coordination, and sharing to spread knowledge and cultural awareness to link-up with the ever-changing development of the globalized world. ECNU will be dedicated to building a bridge between each country and the broad multi-cultural aspects that are necessary to increase the level of connection, collision, and integration among the world community. He had confidence that the festival will promote friendly exchanges between Chinese and Indonesian youths.
Siti Nugraha Mauludiah sincerely advocated for ECNU’s strong support to promote Indonesian culture. She hoped that the event will serve as a source of momentum for the people of China to understand more of her country and bring closer Chinese-Indonesian ties to the respective Asian countries.
Indonesia students brought down the house with their staged ethnic-customary performances, during the show many manifestations originating from different islands of the nation were portrayed through wushu, dances, singing and instrument playing. A dozen of the performers utilized a distinct Indonesian cultural instrument called the angklung to perform the iconic Chinese and Indonesian songs “Jasmine Flower” and “Indonesia”. The performances during the festival moved the audience members, leaving memorable moments that left behind the aesthetic beauty of Indonesian culture. It was also amazing to see some of the natural blending of Chinese and Indonesian cultural elements.