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Indonesia to bring Sundanese gamelan to the US

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Jakarta  /  Fri, August 23, 2019  /  04:35 pm
Indonesia to bring Sundanese gamelan to the US

Sundanese gamelan performances will be staged in different universities by the 2019 Indonesia Culture Caravan program. (Shutterstock.com/ paparazzi23)

Sundanese gamelan and other traditional Indonesian musical performances will be staged in several universities in the United States as part of the 2019 Indonesia Culture Caravan program.

Some 27 Indonesian delegates will fly to the US on Sept. 26 and return to their home country on Oct. 12. Among the listed universities they’ll be visiting are Northern Illinois University in Chicago, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Indiana University Bloomington in Bloomington and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

According to Tempo.co, the 2019 Indonesia Cultural Caravan will be staged by alumni of 10 universities in the US, or also known as the Big Ten Indonesia Alumni, and Sekolah Bogor Raya in West Java, to introduce Indonesian culture through the program.

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Niken Wulandari, head of the cultural program at Sekolah Bogor Raya, said they would conduct various activities throughout their trip as well. “After the performances, we will have a gala dinner and invite guests to try [playing the] gamelan,” Niken said, adding that they planned to bring a slendro (five-toned scale) Sundanese gamelan.

The 2019 Indonesia Culture Caravan is also supported by the Tourism Ministry. “This can be our opportunity to attract more American visitors to travel to Indonesia,” said Indroyono Soesilo, the Tourism Ministry's honorable advisor. He added that the event was also part of a series of events to commemorate Indonesia’s 70 years of diplomatic relations with the US. (wir/mut)

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