Exhibition on Australian support for RI independence

Saturday, August 7, 2010 15:41 WIB | Entertainment | | 
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - As part of the 65th year celebration of Indonesian 
Independence, the Australian Embassy is proud to present a photographic 
exhibition retracing Australia`s role in support of Indonesia`s long and 
difficult struggle for independence.

According to an Australian Embassy media release, the exhibition was officially 
opened on Thursday at the Museum of the Asian-African Conference in Bandung and 
will run until 31 August 2010.

"Sympathy and active support for Indonesia`s struggle for independence came not 
only from the Australian Government but also from ordinary Australians and was 
seen as a major turning point in the relationship," said Australia`s Charge 
d`Affaires to Indonesia, Paul Robilliard.

"I am delighted Indonesians and Australians will be able to learn more about 
the strong people-to-people links between our two nations and how these played 
a significant role during the struggle for Indonesia`s independence," he said.

As part of this exhibition, the Embassy will also host a screening of Indonesia 
Calling produced by Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens in 1946.

This film tells the story of the blockade led by Australian workers of Dutch 
The exhibition will also feature a discussion of the life of Australian Molly 
Bondan detailed in her books In Love With a Nation and Spanning a Revolution.

In Love With a Nation is a collection of Molly`s writings in which she reflects 
on a number of remarkable events in contemporary Indonesian history and 
Spanning a Revolution tells the story of her Indonesian husband, Mohammad 
Bondan`s achievements in the service of his nation.

Both books, translated into Indonesian, were launched in Indonesia in 2008 with 
funding from the Australia-Indonesia Institute.

The exhibition opening also featured Bandung`s own musical ensemble Samba Sunda 
who combine a rich array of instruments and influences to create a new style of 
world music and gamelan.

In 2007 the Australia-Indonesia Institute funded Samba Sunda`s tour to 
Australia which included performances and workshops in Brisbane, Adelaide, 
Melbourne and Sydney. The visit provided opportunities for large numbers of 
Australians to appreciate this high-calibre group and Indonesian talent.

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