The reason I went to Berlin last week-end was to visit my sister and her husband who worked there at the ITB 2013 the world’s leading travel trade show. The exhibition took place from 6 to 10 March. From 6 -8 March it was only accessible for trade and business, public opening was at 9 and 10 March. I went there at 9 March with my husband and in-laws.
Indonesia was ITB’s official partner country this year. Indonesian president Yudhoyono and German chancellor Angela Merkel opened this event at 6 March. It was an excellent show with sitting dinner for 5000 guests. According to my sister who was responsible for all performers (artists, musicians and dancers), the guests stayed late at the venue due to the ambiance and succesful show.
In the film above you see Saman Dance from Aceh. This dance is originally only performed by men. Those Saman dancers come from Aceh. At the end of the film there is Kecak dance (Monkey dance) from Bali. This one was special because music was played by Indonesian gamelan and Berlin orchestra after just 3 rehearsals together. You can imagine how my sister must have felt like when the opening ceremony and the show went smoothly, she was really relieved.
Starting from 7 March there were shows in the main stage and in front of the Indonesia Pavillion. My brother-in-law designed and built it (see pic below). It is a half of a Pinisi boat, originated from Makassar, South Sulawesi. Besides dance, music, massage, Pencak Silat (Indonesian martial art), free civet coffee and of course food, there was a fashion show of Batik at the main stage to attract visitors to come and see the pavilion.
I did not have much time to see pavilions of other countries as the venue (ICC Messe, Berlin) was so huge. Indonesian pavilion was situated at the same hall 26a together with those of other South-East Asian countries like The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Here are some pics I took.
It was a special experience to see the presentation of Indonesia at ITB Berlin. As an ex traditional dancer myself I felt proud seeing how welcoming the visitors were to taste a bit of Indonesian culture. A bit more proud was I of my sister and her husband who were part of this.
So, have you been to my country? Bring it a visit as Indonesia has more to offer than Java and Bali.
PS The rest of the week-end I explored windy and cold Berlin.