INDELFTNESIA 2020 – Exquisite Kalimantan

InDelftnesia, started in 2009 with the name of Indonesia night, is the biggest annual art and culture event held by the Indonesian Student Association in Delft, Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia di Delft (PPI Delft). Throughout the years, InDelftnesia always took multicultural Indonesia as the main theme. This year InDelftnesia comes up with a new approach, we choose to focus and unite on one main topic and wish to show the magnificent culture of that chosen area. Eventually, we chose the island Kalimantan as the main topic of our event.

Kalimantan is the biggest island in Indonesia. Inside the island stood 3 countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. Kalimantan is also known as Earth’s second lung. It is also the upcoming destination for our new Capital City. Therefore, Exquisite Kalimantan is chosen as our theme. With this theme, we wish to show the Exquisiteness of Kalimantan to the visitor that came to our event. Other than the theme we also thrive to change the atmosphere of the event which is often presented formally to semi-formal. We wanted to make InDelftnesia dynamics, where visitors can see, taste, and experience it as a flow of exquisite experience.

The day of the event was on Saturday, 22 of March 2020. The event was held in the Freetown area of X TU Delft. PPI Delft had a collaboration with X TU Delft organizing this event. The support and contribution from X TU Delft made this event run smoothly as planned. The event opened from 15.30 to 20.30 CET and more than 300 visitors came to enjoy the event.

InDelftnesia 2020 offered 3 main events, Exhibition, Workshops, and Stage Performances. The Exhibition started from the opening of the event until the end of the event. The Exhibition offered 5 booths for visitors to enjoy and learn from. The 5 booths are Flora & Fauna, Demography of Kalimantan, Fashion, Culinary Experience, and Architecture and Urbanism of Kalimantan. The Flora & Fauna booth is designed to be a photo booth corner for the visitors, decorated with forest vibe, stuff animals, and tourism books. The Demography of Kalimantan shows the timeline of important events that have happened from the years BC until the current situation of Kalimantan. The Fashion booth shows the beautiful traditional fashion, jewelry, accessories, and fabrics of Kalimantan. The visitors can try the clothing in this booth. Furthermore, the Culinary Experience booth offers a few delicious traditional snacks and drinks of Kalimantan. The visitors can taste these amazing snacks and drink to refresh themselves. The last booth, The Architecture and Urbanism booth. Here the visitors will learn about the traditional house of Utik River and the urbanism plan of our new capital city in East Kalimantan, showing the video of the winner of the Ministry Urban Design for Indonesia New Capital City Contest, Nagara Rimba Nusa.

Next to the Exhibition, InDelftnesia 2020 provided Cooking Worksop and Sasirangan Workshop. Each workshop opens 2 batch or classes for the visitors, batch 1 starts from 16.00CET and batch 2 at 17.00CET. Each batch of the Cooking workshop offered each a special traditional dish for the visitors. The first batch was thought to cook Paliat Patin, a dish originated from the area around Banjarmasin. Paliat Patin is a deep-fried Pangasius served with turmeric and coconut sauce, with jasmine rice and Kaffir Lime. People from Banjarmasin usually travel 6 to 7 hours just to taste this dish. The second batch of the Cooking workshop serves Soto Banjar, a traditional South Kalimantan Soto (soup) served with rice cake, pulled chicken, veggies and Kaffir Lime. The Sasirangan workshop taught the participants to make a Sasirangan cloth. Sasirangan is a fabric made traditionally in South Kalimantan. First, they draw the pattern on the fabric, each pattern has its specific meaning, then they sew the pattern and pull the tread. The sewed cloth is then dipped in dye with a colour of the participants’ preference, also every colour has its meaning, and it’s hanged and dried. The Sasirangan has a long history in East Kalimantan and the people believe that it’s a sacred fabric that has certain power based on its pattern and colour.

The stage Performances consist of 3 main acts to entertain the visitors of InDelftnesia 2020, Seafood 88 Band, Angklung, and Dances. All performances are presented in the foyer of the Freetown area, the centre of our venue. The stage performances are not only just Kalimantan but also cultural performances from all over Indonesia. The stage started at 18.00CET with Seafood 88 band performance act as the opening. They performed various Indonesia pop songs that spanned throughout the years. The second performance is the Angklung performance by Indonesian Student Association in Wageningen, PPI Wageningen. First, they performed 3 songs and afterwards, they put up an interactive performance with the audiences. Angklung was then given to the audiences and the Angklung conductor then taught the audiences hand-note signal. There are 2 songs prepared for the audience to learn and to play along. Afterwards, the last performances were the dances by PPI Delft students. There are 3 dances prepared to entertain the audience, Tari Perang, Tari Enggang, and Tari Maumere. Tari Perang (Dance of War), also known as “Kancet Papatai ” in Dayaknese language, is a traditional dance that symbolizes the courage and heroism of the Dayak Tribe in defending their territory and family. It is performed before the inauguration of a hero/knight or as a celebration after a triumph in a war. Next is Tari Enggang, Enggang or hornbill is a native bird of Kalimantan that symbolizes peace and unity. Dayak (a traditional tribe of Kalimantan) believes that their ancestors came from heaven and came down to earth graciously like a hornbill. Dayak people give respect to hornbills, as they respect their ancestors. This dance is a way to show their respect. The last performance of the Stage Performance is Tari Maumere. Maumere (Gemu Famire) dance, originated from East Nusa Tenggara. In our closing performance, we invited everyone in the venue to dance along with the Gemu Famire song and that ended our event. Other than these 3 main events InDelftnesia 2020 also provided a food bazaar consisting of 2 vendors, Lapek Jo (Padangnese food) and Waroeng Maya (various Indonesian food), where visitors can enjoy the rich taste of Indonesian cuisine.

Behind the scene of these three main events, the InDelftnesia 2020 Committee is divided into five divisions, Design & Exhibition, Event Division, Marketing & Fundraising, and Logistics. We also receive massive help from our fellow volunteer friends. There are 76 committees, volunteers and dancers in total that gave their dedication and hard work for this event. Their effort paid off with the comfort shown on everyone’s face that came to the event.

The event could not happen without the substantial support both financially and morally from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia for the Netherlands, X TU Delft, Indomie, PT. Pupuk Kalimantan Timur, Bank Negara Indonesia, CNN Indonesia, and Kompasiana. The InDelftnesia 2020 Committee would like to give massive gratitude to all the sponsors and media partners that we, InDelftnesia 2020 Committee, can organize the event for free.

Indonesia is the Kingdom of Diversity, a home to numerous tribes, culture, and languages. InDelftnesia 2020 through its theme, Exquisite Kalimantan, unite this magnificent diversity here in the Netherlands, 11.000 kilometres away from mother land. Here we build a second home, where students and the indonesian society can come too. It’s not only any event, it’s also the process that made this event, the joy of unity that shared during the process, during the event, and the relation between everyone that’s involved. Our main success this year is to unite these differences and share the happiness we build into an exquisite InDelftnesia 2020.