Doha, 02 Sept. 2022 (QT)
‘TUMPENG’ cutting, singing and dancing, and other aspects of Indonesian culture were on display at the Indonesian Cultural Day coinciding with Independence day of the country.
Colorful event was organised by Indonesian embassy in Qatar in collaboration of Qatar Foundation and Association of Indonesian Communities, Qatar aimed to promote the country’s cultural variety.
The event featured what Indonesia is known for, such as coffee demonstration, batik processing, and a ‘jarik’ instruction, among other things. This came as part of the celebrations of the 77th Independence Day of Indonesia, which was marked on August 17.
Spouses of diplomats from six embassies attended the event, including Lita Kadartin Hassan, spouse of the Indonesian Ambassador; Wipawan Khanthahiran of Thailand; Daphne Sohan of Singapore; Fazlinda Fuudzil of Malaysia; Farhanah Suhaili of Brunei Darussalam; and Tran Phuong Thao of Vietnam.
Also present were Faycal Haman Adama from the Directorate of Cultural Diplomacy, Qatar Museum; Alexandru Rosca from Communications Office at Qatar Foundation; and Farhan Al Sayed, chairman of the Qatar-Indonesia Business Council.
The recipient of the Indonesian souvenir was Aysha Al Mudahka, director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Qatar Foundation.
Speaking at the ceremony, Indonesian Ambassador HE Ridwan Hassan emphasised the importance of cultural cooperation in strengthening ties between Indonesia and Qatar. “We see cultural diplomacy as an important component of our mission. Cultural diplomacy can help build trust and understanding
among nations,” he said.
He said that Qatar plans to develop a resort in one of the islands in Indonesia but this is not the only investment that Qatar and Indonesia has had in Indonesia.
“There are many Qatari investments in Indonesia especially in the banking and communication sectors, but tourism has become one of the interesting sectors,” he said.
The ambassador said there are Indonesians who have lived in Qatar for over 20 years and they have contributed to the development that Qatar has achieved. “The relationship between Qatar and Indonesia is not only established in the political and economic fields but also in the social cultural fields.”
At the event, traditional ‘angklung’ dances and music were performed by Indonesian cultural organizations such as PuspaQinarya, Indonesian Ladies Angklung, and Sanggar Seni Messaied.
Visitors were also able to sample Indonesian traditional sweets and refreshments, as well as participate in Indonesian traditional games. Visitors were also able to witness the originality of Indonesian Batik weaving.