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Indonesian cuisine, culture showcased in London ahead of book fair

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, February 19, 2019  /  04:31 pm
Indonesian cuisine, culture showcased in London ahead of book fair

Jazz guitarist Tesla Manaf, singer Nyak Ina 'Ubiet' Raseuki and traditional Melayu drummer Shafur Bachtiar perform at Islands of Imagination, an Indonesian cultural event in London on Friday. (Bekraf/File)

Prior to Indonesia’s participation as a Market Focus Country at the 2019 London Book Fair at the Olympia exhibition center in London from March 12-14, the organizing committee, supported by the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), hosted two pre-events to acquaint Londoners with Indonesian culture.

On Feb. 13, the committee presented Indonesian dishes to London-based food bloggers at The Providores and Tapa Room.

Titled “Spice Island Revisited Lunch”, the event was in line with Indonesia’s theme for the London Book Fair, "17,000 Islands of Imagination".

During the event, Indonesian culinary experts Petty Elliott and Santhi Serad collaborated with London-based chef Peter Gordon in creating dishes inspired by the spice islands, namely Run, Banda, Ternate, Tidore and Halmahera.

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Ragam kuliner dan tekstil Nusantara dipromosikan di London. Digelar di dua tempat berbeda, Food Gathering di Providores, Marylebone, (13/2), dan Cultural Late di Asia House, (15/2), acara ini dipadati oleh tamu undangan. Dalam acara food gathering, dua juru masak @santhiserad_food dan @pettyelliottskitchen menghadirkan hidangan utama nasi kuning, terong balado, ikan masak woku, gulai bebek Aceh, ditambah kerupuk dan sambal. Tak ketinggalan beragam menu penutup disajikan, antara lain lapis legit, bubur mutiara, bubur sumsum, teh ulong dari Jawa Barat, hingga Kopi Flores Bajawa. Sementara itu, saat Cultural Late @didietmaulana menghadirkan harmoni Ikat Indonesia @ikat_ind terdiri dari 12 busana dalam Senandung Nusantara yang berasal dari ikat Denpasar, Klaten, Kediri dan Sumba. Dua kegiatan menarik ini merupakan rangkaian acara yang diinisiasi oleh Panitia Pelaksana Indonesia Market Focus Country London Book Fair 2019 yang dibentuk oleh Bekraf dan Kemendikbud. London Book Fair 2019 akan digelar 12-14 Maret nanti di Olympia, London. #Bekraf #LBFIndonesia #ImagineNation

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Following the lunch, the organizing committee hosted a cultural event titled “Islands of Imagination: An Indonesian Cultural Late” at Asia House last Friday.

The event featured a collection by fashion designer Didiet Maulana highlighting the richness of traditional fabrics, music performances by singer Nyak Ina “Ubiet” Raseuki, jazz guitarist Tesla Manaf and traditional Melayu drummer Shafur Bachtiar, graphic and illustration artwork by Tommy Chandra and more.

In a statement received by The Jakarta Post, organizing committee chairwoman Laura Bangun Prinsloo said the events aimed to showcase Indonesia’s cultural diversity and encourage Indonesian creative talent in London to come forth.

“I hope the two events will create enthusiasm among residents of London for welcoming Indonesia as a Market Focus Country at the 2019 London Book Fair,” said Laura. (jes/wng)