A Message from the Attaché:
It is my great pleasure to share with you the wide range of programmes that we have at the Office of Education and Culture Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, London for the period of 2017-2020. This information leaflet is intended to give you an idea of what we offer to the public in the United Kingdom and Ireland. We will use it as the standard reference for the activities we will carry out at the Embassy. Our focus is on two aspects: education and culture. These are among the many areas of cooperation that Indonesia and the UK have had and the two countries have seen significant results for long time. The two areas have been successful to be used to strengthen the cooperation between two countries. The increase in the number of educational and cultural exchanges in the last few years has tightened the feeling of mutual friendships among the people of the countries. Therefore, we strongly believe that such a feeling will sustain for longer time. It is this situation that we try to maintain throughout the implementations of our programmes. We therefore invite your participation in the programmes that we have.
Professor E. Aminudin Aziz, M.A., Ph.D.
Education and Culture Attaché,
As a uniquely traditional music of some Indonesian ethnic groups, gamelan has been spread globally and loved by many people outside its origin. The music is believed to be so enchanting and can sooth the mind of the listeners. Played as an ensemble, gamelan represents the nature of human beings as homo socius, willing to work together in harmony. In the United Kingdom alone, gamelan has been practised more regularly for more than four decades, brought here as part the results of the journey to the East by Western musicians. It is now found more than 100 gamelan music communities in the UK, practising several styles of gamelan music including Solonese, Yogyanese, Balinese, and Sundanese styles.
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London views gamelan as one of Indonesia’s national heritage. The Embassy has used it as one of the instruments in realising its diplomatic missions in the UK. It seems that gamelan music has proven to be able to maintain the close connections not only at person-to-person level but also the relationships between the two countries. Considering the significant contributions that gamelan music has onto strengthening the bilateral relationships, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London offers some programmes related to gamelan.
- Gamelan Goes to Schools
In the last four years, more than 50 primary and secondary schools in the UK have participated in Gamelan Goes to School Programme. The programme introduces the learning of basic skills of gamelan in 5 days and it will be concluded by a performance. School communities and parents may attend the performance. Included in the programme are the introductions to the Indonesian flora and fauna as well as the practice of making puppets and other Indonesian traditional handicrafts.
- Gamelan Lessons at the Embassy
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia houses a full set of gamelan instruments. Weekly lessons of gamelan learning are offered to the public. The lessons are held after working hours to give opportunities to those who are busy during office hours. Therefore, more people will be able to join the lessons. We normally bring gamelan learners at the Embassy to take part in the performances in traditional music festivals around the UK. This is really a good and challenging chance to try your skills as well as your nerve.
- Community-based Gamelan
The vast number of gamelan communities in the UK has given us the chance to work together closely with them in spreading the music. Members of the communities are mainly gamelan addicts with or without any direct exposure to the cultures of Indonesian people. So far, we have supported the learning of gamelan by groups not only based in London metropolitan area but also outside London. We invite more groups to collaborate and have joint projects.
- Artist in-Residence
We have created this programme as a platform for academics, professional artists, and art activists from the UK and Indonesia to learn from each other, create works, and organize events together. This Artist-in-residence enables the participants in collaboration with their host institutions to create more opportunities for collaborative projects. Participants can be musicians, dancers, choreographers, fine artists, batik artists, pencak silat artists (martial art), and other kind of arts. This residency may last for as short as ONE month up to ONE year, depending on the agreements between the artists and the host institutions. So far, we have placed Indonesian artists in the Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), Glasgow, National Concert Hall (NCH), Dublin, Southbank Royal Festival, London. If your institutions are interested in hosting, please tell us.
- Indonesian Dance Lesson: classic and contemporary dances
As if it is incomplete that gamelan is without dance, although it is not always necessary have a gamelan performance together with dance. However, a traditional Indonesian dance becomes more interesting and lively if accompanied by a gamelan orchestra. We at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London offer you opportunities to learn a wide range of Indonesian dances, both classic and contemporary. You may pick and join any dance you like: Javanese, Balinese, Sundanese, Acehnese, or others. Taught by professional dancers, lessons include solo and group dances.
As a country and a nation, Indonesia has an official language called Bahasa Indonesia. This language was derived from Malay, but it is NOT Malay. Bahasa Indonesia has developed to establish its own structures as well as its own vocabularies. It is now spoken by more than 250 millions people and understood by almost all people in Malaysia, by those people in the Southern part of Thailand, by those people in Brunei Darussalam, by many Singaporeans, and by many in some regions in the Philippines.
Learning basic Indonesian is relatively easy because the structures/grammar of the language are less complicated than any other world languages. A normal learner can learn to speak and write in the language after learning it for just couples of lessons. This one of the good reasons that the Embassy uses to offer Indonesian language lessons in the UK. We believe that language is the bridge to open more windows of opportunities and hence we offer you to take those opportunities. As you might have been aware, Bahasa Indonesia has now been registered as an I-GCSE subjects in the UK education system. So, if you are students doing GCSE, you can take part in the additional lessons with us.
- Indonesian Language Weekend Programme
This programme is intended and open for public residing in London area. Conducted every Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, this programme opens classes for all levels, from Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, as well as Indonesian for Specific Purposes. We offer the lessons in January – June and September – December. This is ideal for those willing to learn Bahasa Indonesia as ‘another’ foreign language other than ones taught at schools or for those preparing departures to Indonesia, either for holidays, studies, business, or diplomatic postings. We provide free-of-charge lessons, but you will be taught by professional native Indonesian teachers.
- After-School Indonesian Programme
This programme is designed as a collaboration between the Office of Education and Culture Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in London and schools. Offering Indonesian language lessons for Beginners to Advanced levels, this programme is to be held weekly after school programs conclude. Schools may choose to hold this programme solely in their own schools or join other schools within the school boundary to create a cluster. Day and duration of lesson are negotiable between schools and the Office of the Education and Culture Attaché of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia as the service provider.
- Indonesian Language at School
Unlike an after-school programme, this Indonesian lesson is designed to be offered as part of school curriculum. The Embassy will provide the teachers and pay their salary. Schools may request for the provision of teachers for the duration ranging from ONE term only up to ONE academic year. Extension of placement of teacher is possible.
- Let’s Speak Indonesian
This programme is to be offered in collaboration with the Indonesian Students Association (Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia/PPI) spread in many campuses throughout the UK. The members of PPI will become the tutors or partners for learners to learn the Indonesian language. The lessons are to be held in the campuses of PPI members. If there are not enough participants from one campus so that it is less feasible to be held as one learning group, some campuses within the boundary can join to form a learning group.
- In-Country Intensive Indonesian Language Programme
This programme gives you the opportunity to learn Indonesian language and culture in its real contexts and situations. Participants will be directly exposed to the life of Indonesian people where they will be able to observe, participate, and interact with the people in their daily life. Staying with Indonesian host families for 3-4 weeks and having the opportunities to participate in Indonesian school life, this programme provides you with an ideal environment for those who are willing to improve and achieve optimal competency of their Indonesian language and culture learning. High school and university students are encouraged to participate in this programme. Participants will be placed in Indonesian families.All host families are required to have a child of the same age and sex with the participant staying with them to become participants’ host sisters/brothers, and they will go to school as part of the programme. Host families may take the participants into their trip agenda outside the cities.
- Explore Indonesia
This program is provided for the UK high school and university students who wish to “fill-in” their gap year or their summer holiday by spending their time in Indonesia. Participants will be brought to explore some villages in Indonesia. Other than having the opportunity to learn and use the Indonesian language, they will also do some “community services” as part of community empowerment programme. This programme might be integrated with the existing similar programmes run by the Ministry of Maritime and Fishery intended for Indonesian High School students or attached to Community Service Programme (Kuliah Kerja Nyata/KKN) in Indonesian universities. This programme may last from 3 to 6 weeks for each cohort.
- UK-Indonesia Researchers’ Forum
This programme is created to provide a forum for the UK and Indonesian researchers (scientists and/or lecturers) to share their research experiences. Through this forum, they are expected to establish stronger connections among those with similar research interests so that more research collaboration projects can be made. Not only is this programme expected to benefit researchers and their affiliated institutions, but it is also hoped to contribute to the improvement of the quality of people’s life in each respective country.
- “Hallo Indonesia” from UK Scientists
Not all Indonesian students, lecturers, scientists, or researchers have similar opportunities to spend their time overseas and learn from their colleagues and the experts and scientists of their fields with the most recent state of the arts. This programme will bring the UK scientists to Indonesia to share and disseminate their expertise to Indonesian students, lecturers, researchers, and scientists. They will be asked to give a series of lectures or workshops to the staff at the host universities or research institutions. Lecturers and researchers from all areas are welcome to participate.
OTHER PROGRAMMES OF YOUR INTERESTS
In addition to the above programmes, the Office of Education and Culture Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, London also offers other programmes that might be of your interests. These include, but not limited to, the following:
- UK-Indonesia Teachers Exchange Programme
This exchange programme is intended specifically for teachers of Pre-Schools, Primary, and Secondary levels. Participants will participate in learning and teaching agendas either as observers or as partner-teachers where they may share with host teachers. Workshops among participating teachers, to share experiences during their exchange programs, will be held as as part of learning reflections. Duration for this exchange programme will be up to 3 (three) months, subject to agreement among schools in both countries and the local regulations.
- Angklung Bamboo-based Orchestra, Rampak Kendang (drum-beating), Batik painting workshops, Indonesian culinary lessons
If you are interested in knowing more about any of the above programmes or are willing to participate, please contact us through the following:
Tel. : +44 (0)20 7499 7661
Come and talk to us directly at the following address:
30 Great Peter Street
London SW1P 2BU
The United Kingdom