Pesta Rakyat 2016

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Pesta Rakyat 2016

Words by Rachel Trevarthen

Have you  ever wanted to experience the thrills of a whirlwind day tour to Indonesia without stepping foot on a plane?

The 2016 Pesta Rakyat Festival, held over one long action-packed day in King George Square on August 21 was based on the idea of conjuring this experience for participants.

Marking the 71st Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, Pesta Rakyat is organized by the PPIA (Indonesia Students Association in Australia).pesta-rakyat-2016_01

Febria Anggraeny of the PPIA says there was a lot of excitement around this year’s uniquely themed event.

Prior to its opening, Febria told us about the  plan. “This year we are taking the theme of flying to Indonesia. We will be curating a one day Indonesian cultural trip including the benefit of a cabin crew to get you there safely,” said Febria.

Organisers dressed as flight attendants helped create the sensation of a cultural day trip to the multitude of magical places and cultures comprising the archipelago of 17,000 islands.

pesta-rakyat-2016_13They created this atmosphere through traditional music, dance performances, arts and craft workshops, traditional games and culinary booths with taste-dazzling Indonesian specialties.

There were educational stalls and a photo exhibition by one of the most well-known Indonesian landscape photographers, Barry Kusuma.

Why the focus on aviation travel?

Because the target audience is not only the Indonesians living in Queensland but also Australians and other foreign tourists. Therefore, our purpose is to point out to the audience that Indonesia has thousands of cultures widespread from Sabang to Merauke,” says Sheila Al Wahida of the PPIA.

The festival has gone from strength to strength over its almost 10-year history and has united the local Indonesian community through an annual chance to showcase their culture.

For more information check out Pesta Rakyat on Facebook.

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