This benefit performance was intended to promote the Indonesian Culture as well as to collect donations for cleft lip and palate operations of poor children in Indonesia. The audiences, which included local governmental officials, entrepreneurs and citizens of Kiel was really enjoying the performances that were presented to them, starting with the Joko Tarub dance. This popular folklore tale from Indonesia, which was presented with high creativity by the group Margi Budoyo, was admired by the audience and gave an excellent impression of the uniqueness of Indonesian culture.
The program was continued with the performance of the Javanese Klono Topeng dance by the artist group of the Indonesian Consulate General Margi Budoyo. The audience was amazed by the graceful movements and the colorful and shimmering costumes of the dancers and gave a round of applause for the impressive performance of Indonesian culture.
The Indang Badinding dance, which has its source in the Minangkabau region, Western Sumatra was next. The performance of the Indang Badinding dance was coordinated by Gusdi Sastra, a university lecturer for bahasa Indonesia at the University of Hamburg, and presented by Indonesian students from Hamburg. The astonished audience witnessed the performance, which lasted about ten minutes, and answered with long applause. Afterwards another dance from the Minangkabau region was presented, namely the Rantak dance.
Last but not least, the group MNI (masyarakat Nauli Indonesia) Hamburg performed the melodious traditional music from the Batak region in Northern Sumatra - songs like “Sigu Lempong”, “Sitogol” and “Situmorang”. The happy melodies invited the audience to chant and sway, following the rhythm of the gendang-drum and the flute,
The show finally ended around 22.30 hours, after two and a half joyful hours. The audience went home perfectly satisfied and impressed by the beauty and variety of Indonesian culture.
The Head of the Cultural Department of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Hamburg, Yayat Sugiatna, who forwarded the remarks from the Consul General, appreciated the efforts of the Indonesian-German Society as well as the support of all friends of Indonesia, which contributed significant to promote the Indonesian culture and to collect donations for for cleft lip and palate operations of poor children in Indonesia. In his speech, the Consul General stressed the beauty of the Indonesian nature and the variety of cultures, which are worthwhile a visit.
The president of the Indonesian-German society, Ernst Krüger, was happy due to the success of the event. He expressed his hopes, that events like this will arouse the interest of the German public on Indonesian culture and lead to rising numbers of visitors to Indonesia. Mr Kruger promised that all donations will be used to support poor children in Indonesia, who need a cleft lip and palate operation.
The Consulate General provided useful print-publications on Indonesia to the audience like the own quarterly bulletin “Indonesien Magazin” and various brochures and leaflets.