Commemorating Kartini Day, Indonesian Diaspora in Edmonton Held Cultural Night

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       Indonesian Diaspora Society of Edmonton  Indonesia  Canada Association (EICA) with the support of Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver, on April 22nd 2017, held Indonesian Cultural Night at Beumaris Community League, Edmonton, Canada. Zulpatar Martino, President of EICA during opening remarks underlined the event was aimed to commemorate the Kartini Day as well as 150th years of Canada on July 1st 2017. The event also served to strengthen the solidarity among Indonesian diaspora in Edmonton and surrounding areas.

     During event attended by Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver, The Mayor of Edmonton and representatives of Ministry of Culture and Tourism Alberta and Ministry of Economic Development and Trade Alberta witnessed various art and cultural performances among others are Laras Rineka, Gemu Famire Medley and fashion show of traditional dresses brought to the audience by Indonesian youth.

     Indonesian Consul General in Vancouver in opening remarks conveyed her appreciation to EICA for the initiative to host Indonesian Cultural Night which is in line with the Consulate’s effort to introduce Indonesian culture to local people. The dancing, fashion and culinary show was expected to
reflect the diversity of Indonesian culture, some of which have been acknowledged by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Further, Consul General also provided update of relation between Indonesia and Alberta that has been constantly progressed for the last three years as shown by the mutual visit between officials in terms of energy sector.

     Mayor of Edmonton, Don Iveson, once visited Indonesia several years ago, in his remarks, complemented Indonesia for the hospitality, delicious culinary and cultural diversity. Mayor Iveson claimed that he chose to attend Indonesian Cultural Night despite high profile Hockey match took place at the same time. Mayor Iveson extended his appreciation to Indonesian diaspora in Edmonton for their contribution to enrich the cultural diversity in Canada and hoped to visit Indonesia sometime in the future.

     During Indonesian Cultural Night event, Indonesian Consulate General in Vancouver took the opportunity to provide consular services to Indonesian diaspora and responded to many inquiries related to consular affairs. The wonderful event was finally closed with medley dance of Gemu Famire
performed by stage performers and followed by all visitors and honoured guests.

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