Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia

03/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2018 21:20

Promoting Indonesian Culture to Belgium Young Generation

Brussels, Belgium: On Wednesday, 7 March 2018, a group of 18 students from Atheneum Brussel, a Flemish local school visited Indonesian Embassy in Avenue de Tervuren 294, 1150 Brussels to learn how to play gamelan and also kecak dance. Ambassador Yuri O. Thamrin also present and hangs around with the children to find out how they practice and whether they enjoy to learn the gamelan instrument The workshop has become the Embassy's regular activity with Belgium's local school to promote Indonesian culture, present local students with the knowledge of Indonesian language and culture and especially know what are its traditional musical instruments.

At 10 AM in the morning, the student arrived and the workshop begun by introducing the children some simple sentences in Indonesian by Mr. I Made Wardana. Afterwards, the children were introduced to the traditional percussion instruments such as Javanese gamelan, kecapi, angklung (bamboo musical instrument from West Java) and balinese gamelan with gong in many sizes. To respond to the curiosity of these children, they have the opportunity to play a simple arrangement. At the second session, they learn about Kecak, one of B​alinese popular dance.

One of the students, Fleur 13 years old, already has knowledge of Indonesia when she visited Bali last year with her parents. She said that 'those instruments are easy to learned and I am glad to know Indonesian culture. But it will be more exciting if I could learn the Indonesian traditional instrument in a separate course. The rhythm of the music enables me to learn the instrument easily.'

The enthusiasm of the students shows a great passion to the Indonesian culture. The art of music and dance is one of the ways to introduce Indonesian culture to the Belgian people. One of the teachers added, 'the Indonesian traditional music is actually different to the occidental music, thus for us, the music is kind of difficult. But it was delightful to introduce a different thing to the students today. We have a target to visit Indonesia someday. Why not?' ​(Source: Indonesian Embassy in Belgium)