Kartini Day Commemoration: Beyond the Ritual

Based on a Presidential Decision issued by President Sukarno in May 1964, 21st April is celebrated as Kartini Day in Indonesia, to honour the national heroine recognised as a pioneer for female emancipation in the country.  School girls and sometimes female office workers would dress up in kebayas, to go to school or work, similar

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East Meets Wines: Pairing with Asian Cuisine

Leading up to this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations I received many questions about what wines pair best with Chinese food. As you can imagine, many dishes from this rich and flavourful cuisine won’t find a good pairing, but a handful result in some surprisingly delicious combinations! Firstly, let’s get to back to the fundamentals

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The Ambassadors Round Table: Edition 1

The Ambassador’s Round Table highlights the important diplomatic relationships Indonesia has with the global community, made possible through well-established, Jakarta-based embassies. Hosted by NOW! Jakarta Founder, Alistair Speirs, this forum gives a platform for prominent Ambassadors to Indonesia to share more about their respective country’s programmes and on-going objectives here in Indonesia. Edition 1 welcomes

Skal Spectacular at Singosari

Skål is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Skal members, the industry’s managers and executives, meet at local, national, regional and international levels to discuss and pursue topics of common interest. History

Hopes and Dreams and Wishes: The Story of Christmas

Every parent has hopes and dreams for their children – that they will be happy, that they will be physically and emotionally and spiritually healthy, that life will be fair to them, that they will have friendships and relationships that are life-giving, that they will find fulfilling and satisfying employment, that they will be people

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Annual NAS Bazaar 2023: A Year-End Community Celebration

On Saturday, 25 November 2023, Nord Anglia School Jakarta (NAS) held their annual community event, the NAS Bazaar, bringing students, parents and faculty together at their campus in Jeruk Perut, South Jakarta. Always a highlight of the year, the 2023 Bazaar was considered a hit amongst all who attended. Visitors, who included the school community,

A Splendid Spanish Dinner With La Chaine des Rotisseurs Jakarta Bailliage

La Chaine des Rotisseurs Jakarta Bailliage scored another triumphant success with a marvellous dinner hosted by H. E. The Spanish Ambassador to Indonesia Francisco  Aguilera and Mme. Gemma Caminada at their beautiful residence. The evening started in true chaine style, with a selection of delicious canapes accompanied by a fresh chilled sparkling Cava, as the

Indoswing: A Swing Dance Community in Jakarta

Java Jazz Festival, Prambanan Jazz, and many jazz bars permeate Indonesia’s musical interests, but who here knows what the Lindy Hop is? Whilst the enthusiasm for jazz is alive and well in the country, the accompanying dances aren’t nearly as popular. Indoswing is here to change that. Indoswing is a community built around the Lindy

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Indonesian Comedians Take Stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023

Indonesia’s stand-up comedy industry reached a new milestone in 2023 as a delegation of local comedians led by veteran comic Mo Sidik represented Indonesia at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This momentous achievement served as the international launch of Indonesia’s forthcoming IndoFringe Festival of Performing Arts, scheduled for November 2023, which will put a spotlight

Indonesian Heritage Society: Preserving Culture Through Community

The Indonesian Heritage Society (“IHS”) is a non-profit organisation established in 1970, by Indonesian and ex-pat volunteers, providing support and assistance to Indonesia’s cultural institutions. The 60s was a challenging  period for the history of Indonesia. The instability of the era narrowed the government’s focus on pure survival and financial development. Thus, there was very

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The American Women’s Association of Indonesia: Building Community Together

The American Women’s Association (AWA) has long been a favourite organisation for American expatriates living in Jakarta. Over the years, the Indonesia-based AWA opened its arms to a wide variety of nationalities, and not just women, but anyone looking to engage in cultural activities and help social welfare programs whilst meeting others through a variety

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