Maria Leeds from Nimar Laras Dance Group performing the Merek (Peacock) Dance of Java.
Photo: George Spiteri
This one-day festival celebrated the diversity of Victoria’s Indonesian community through performances, activities and food.
From north to south and east to west – or, as the Indonesians say, “from Sabang to Merauke” – each of the more than 13,500 islands of the Indonesian archipelago has its own character and traditions. The festival showcased the breadth of Indonesian local cultures and customs – and how the community continues to practise these in Melbourne and Victoria – with the sounds of the gamelan orchestra, the taste of Indonesian food, shadow puppetry, as well as dances and crafts from various parts of the country.