Pegelaran Budaya bertajuk Indonesia Night diselenggarakan oleh Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia di Wellington (PPI Wellington), Rabu malam (21/9), di Universitas Victoria Wellington Selandia Baru. Berbagai pertunjukan budaya dari Indonesia memanjakan ratusan warga Wellington yang hadir di Memorial Theater milik salah satu universitas tertua di Selandia Baru tersebut.

Acara dimulai tepat pada pukul 18.00 itu diawali dengan penyanyian lagu Indonesia Raya. Bapak Wanton Saragih selaku kepala fungsi Pendidikan KBRI Wellington kemudian membuka acara ini dengan pemukulan gong.

Pertunjukan budaya kemudian silih berganti menghibur ratusan masyarakat Wellington yang hadir. Tari Genjring menjadi pertunjukan paling awal pada ‘Malam Indonesia’ tersebut. Tari tersebut berhasil menarik perhatian hadirin dengan paduan gerakan-gerakan dari tari tradisional dan modern.

Pencak Silat menjadi pertunjukan selanjutnya yang ditampilkan oleh tiga pelajar Indonesia. Yang membuat pertunjukan ini berkesan adalah bukan hanya demo silat yang ditampilkan, tapi juga tutorial tentang bagaimana silat berguna untuk melindungi diri.

Di antara silat ini, Indonesia Night menampilkan dua sesi fashion show yang berbeda. Sesi pertama menunjukkan pakaian adat Indonesia dari bagian barat hingga timur. Sementara sesi kedua setelah silat adalah untuk baju batik dari berbagai daerah di Indonesia.

Pertunjukan diakhiri dengan permainan angklung dari lebih dari 20 pelajar. Pertunjukan angklung ini diletakkan pada bagian akhir karena ini merupakan pertunjukkan paling unik. Biasanya, angklung dimainkan oleh masyarakat Indonesia saja. Namun dalam pertunjukan ini, dari semua pemain angklung, hampir setengahnya adalah pelajar internasional. Mereka adalah pelajar lokal Selandia Baru dan mereka yang dari negara lainnya seperti Singapura, Tiongkok, Russia dan Malaysia.

Lagu yang dibawakan juga tidak biasa. Dari tiga lagu yang ditampilkan, dua lagu pembuka merupakan lagu asli Selandia Baru. Dua lagu tersebut adalah God Defend New Zealand yang merupakan lagu kebangsaan negeri The Hobbit ini dan Pokarekare Ana, yang merupakan lagu tradisional bangsa Maori. Sementara lagu Indonesia yang dibawakan adalah Yamko Rambe Yamko dari Papua.

Danang Abiyoga, wakil ketua PPI Wellington yang juga ketua acara mengatakan jika kegiatan ini merupakan kegiatan budaya Indonesia pertama kali di Wellington yang diinisasi oleh pelajar. Mahasiswa S1 jurusan Bisnis Internasional Universitas Victoria Wellington ini menyatakan bahwa di tengah kesibukan mengerjakan tugas kuliah, pelajar Indonesia selalu punya semangat untuk mengenalkan identitas keindonesiaannya.

“Jadi Indonesia Night ini adalah kegiatan budaya pertama di ibukota Selandia Baru ini yang diinisiasi dan dikerjakan sendiri oleh pelajar Indonesia. Saya bangga dengan teman-teman pelajar di kepanitiaan yang meski deadline tugas banyak sekali, tapi selalu bersemangat kenalkan Indonesia ke masyarakat di sini,” kata Danang.

Acara usai pada pukul 19.00 waktu setempat. Hadirin kemudian diarahkan ke bazaar makanan traditional Indonesia. Dengan harga yang terjangkau, PPI Wellington menyediakan berbagai pilihan seperti nasi uduk, siomay, nasi kuning dan nasi rendang. Beberapa makanan ringan khas Indonesia juga dijual seperti risoles, martabak dan onde-onde. Karena banyaknya masyarakat yang dating, hanya dalam satu jam, lebih dari 250 porsi makanan ludes terjual.

Ketua PPI Wellington Muhamad Rosyid Jazuli menyatakan bahwa balas budi ke masyarakat Wellington adalah semangat dibalik terwujudnya kegiatan ini. Para pelajar Indonesia di Wellington merasa bahwa Selandia Baru telah banyak memberikan hal-hal berharga seperti masyarakat yang ramah, kota-kota yang bersih dan sistem pendidikan yang berkualitas.

“Karena itu, ini semangatnya adalah giving back to communities. Jadi ikhlas membalas kebaikan Selandia Baru dengan membagi kebaikan dan nilai-nilai keindonesiaan ke masyarakat Selandia Baru khususnya di Wellington,” papar Rosyid yang saat ini sedang menempuh studi master kebijakan publik di Universitas Victoria Wellington ini.

TESTIMONI

“At first, I decided to participate in this activity to gain my VILP’s experiential points. However, it turned out to be one of the most precious experiences in my life. This activity was a preparation for Indonesian Week. The organizers (Indonesia Student Association) have held several practice sessions for the traditional instrument – Anklung in Indonesia Embassy and I have attended all of them. They provided Pizza, noodles and drinks during the break, this was unnecessary but they decided to do it. This made us felt friendly and welcomed. Due to our instructor is passionate and patience, I’m able to get my head around and play the instrument in full confidence after those short practice sessions. He taught us three songs that will be performed on Indonesian Week: God Defence New Zealand, Yamko Rambe Yamko, and Pokarekare Ana. In my opinion, Yamko Rambe Yamko was the hardest song to play because most of the team members were unfamiliar with it since it’s an Indonesia’s song. Three days before the Indonesian Week, the organizers decided to have a flash mob on the Hub to promote Indonesian Week. The participation on the flash mob was voluntary since it was Monday afternoon and most team members were having lectures. However, most of us, included me has turned up during the flash mob. Judged from the applause and cheers we got, it was regarded as a successful “promotion”. Finally, the Indonesian Week was held on the Wednesday night and roughly 85% of the seats were filled up. We performed the Anklung at the latter of the night and I think it gone well although we have made several small mistakes. To conclude, this was a meaningful and unforgettable event. I got to know several people from different countries and culture including Indonesian, Singaporean, Cambodian and Vietnamese. We managed to learn and master the instrument in a limited time. We shared and achieved the same goal: playing traditional instrument on the stage. Who ever imagine that people who never know each other could play such a good harmony through Anklung.”

Ng Zhang Lin
First year of Bachelor of Commerce
Major Accounting & Finance

 

“Despite Singapore (where I am from) being located near to Indonesia, I have not had the opportunity to visit Indonesia. As such, having been given the opportunity to participate in Indonesian Week 2016 was a really eye-opening experience. For the event, I partook in the Anklung performance as well as the Fashion Show. The Anklung is a wind instrument originating from Indonesia and is made of two to four bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. Each bamboo tube is carved to resonate a pitch and are tuned to octaves. It is played by shaking the frame using our hand. In secondary school, my music teacher had taught us about the Anklung and I became interested in it. However, we weren’t given the opportunity to play it. Hence, I was pretty stoked to be able to learn how to play it for the event.

It was also really fun to participate in the Fashion show and getting dressed up for it. It enabled me to learn a lot more about the dressing culture of Indonesia. I learnt that there were four main types of costume – everyday wear, modern-day wear, wedding costumes and dance costumes. There are many different tribes in Indonesia and each of them have their own traditional wear. One of the costumes I got to wear was the baju kuruang basiba from West Sumatra. It was made of red velvet cloth and its top is long and loose fitting so as to not form curves and it has a matching skirt to go with it.

I really enjoyed the experience overall and had a lot of fun through this event. Not only did I get to learn more about the Indonesian culture but I also got to meet and work with great people and even made some new friends!”

Clarissa Yeo
2nd yr BA undergraduate student majoring in Japanese and Education

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