Indelftnesia 2019 : PPI Delft’s biggest Art & Cultural event

InDelftnesia is the biggest art and culture annual event held by the Indonesian Student Association in Delft, Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia (PPI) Delft. This year, InDelftnesia 2019 took the theme of Archipelago Wonder: Impeccable Diversity. These are two significant yet interconnected goals that were offered for all the people involved in the event, name it committee, volunteers, performers, and especially visitors.

When it is about Indonesia, the archipelago is very attached to the characteristic of the country. Indonesia has more than 17k islands, and this fact brings Indonesia to be declared as an archipelago country. Not to mention that 67% of the country’s area is also an ocean. Indonesia is gifted with incredible natural wealth and undoubtedly, a home united in diversity. The values of Indonesian heritage still permeate the lives of Indonesians today, signifying our understanding of the importance of tradition in modernity. Safe to say, it is just wonderful. Therefore, InDelftnesia 2019 would like to bring people experiencing the golds of Indonesia, especially for our international visitors who have never known Indonesia.

As an archipelago country, Indonesia is also very diverse. This diversity can be imagined by the facts that there are more than 700 local languages, more than 3000 traditional dances, and more than 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia. The Education and Cultural Attaché of The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia for the Netherlands, Mr. Din Wahid also expressed the same insight through his opening speech in the Theatre Performance. The diversity of Indonesia was also captured by the background of committee members and performers of InDelftnesia 2019 who all of them are the Indonesian students based in Delft. More than 70 students were united giving their mind, time, and heart to make all things happened, to increasingly build their love for Indonesia though. Therefore, the second goal of InDelftnesia 2019 is to improve people’s awareness in appreciating the golds scattered throughout Indonesia. These two goals are then become our dream came true as the implementation of InDelftnesia 2019.

D-Day of the event was on Saturday, March 16, 2019. PPI Delft together cooperated with X TU Delft for organizing this event that is why the event was held in Freetown Building – X TU Delft. The support, contribution, and help from X TU Delft were very valuable for the smooth running of the event. All the committee of InDelftnesia 2019, as well as the organization, are very thankful for that.

There were about 450 people visited InDelftnesia 2019 started from 13.00 to 21.30. There were two big productions in the event: OnStage Production and OffStage Production. The OnStage Production was packaged in the form of theatre performance with the storyline of “The Four Punokawan,” a famous traditional Javanese wayang (shadow puppets). Through this theatre performance, the committee would like to give a moral message to the audiences that is “Mburu uceng kelangan dhelek” (in Javanese) or looking for something small for losing something more valuable. The main performers were the members of PPI Delft itself; however, the production was also enlivened by the performers of Renadi Santoso, a traditional musician based in Amsterdam, and Wahana Budaya Dansgrup, a traditional dance group based in Arnhem. The dances performed in this production were scattered from the western to the eastern part of Indonesia, such as Tandok Batak dance from North Sumatra, Janger dance from Bali, and Maumere dance from East Nusa Tenggara.

Moreover, InDelftnesia 2019 was brightened up by the OffStage Production. As the main focus of thisevent is human, therefore the production used the very fundamental thing of a human being: eyes, nose, ears, tongue, and hands, so that people could feel the impeccable diversity of Indonesian culture. Therefore, the theme of this production was “Five Senses.” The OffStage Production offered an exhibition, food bazaars, and three types of workshops: Satay, Batik, and Anyaman. There were about 150 people participated in the workshops where they could also bring home their handmade results. The exhibition was turned out like an interactive museum. The visitors could enjoy by not only looking but also interact, such as traditional game corner where visitors played bakiak, bekel, congklak in the exhibition. Moreover, we also offered various kinds of traditional foods from Indonesia in the form of food bazaars by Salero Minang and Pempek Elysha.

Other than two big productions, InDelftnesia 2019 could not happen without the hard work of all the motivated people from Marketing  &Design and Logistics & Display divisions. The design and publication both off- and on-line were very well-planned and well-executed by the Marketing & Design division. The achievement was proven by the number of registered people which was more than 700 people. Before and after D-Day of the event, InDelftnesia 2019 was also gratefully covered in articles by Kalderanews, the media partner of InDelftnesia 2019. All the logistics and manpower needed by the committee were handled by Logistics & Display division. This was a division who worked behind the scenes though the contribution was beyond remarkable, especially in maintaining the cooperation and communication with our venue partner as well as in making the live streaming happened so that people can watch the theatre performance all the time.

The event could not happen without the significant support both financially and morally from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia for the Netherlands, Delft University of Technology, X TU Delft, Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN), Indofood, BNI, and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. A big gratitude to all the sponsors which had been the motivation behind the great work of all committee, performers, and volunteers as well as the reason we were able to organize the event for free.

The best part of the event is not about popularity nor success. It is about the happiness visitors felt when they entered the venue, walked around in the exhibition and took photos of it, concentrated in painting the Batik using ‘malam,’ felt spicy of Indonesian foods but then bought another portion, and laughed or even cried when they were watching the theatre performance. We believe that InDelftnesia 2019 is not only an event, more than that it is a home we created for our beloved country, Indonesia. Just like Dr. Tik Tan from Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN) said through his opening speech in theatre performance: Indonesia is about the people living in a home full of diversity and together they make a unity. And the unity is Indonesia.

Ingrid Rosalyn Indriana Sitorus
Head of Comittee
Indelftnesia 2019