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Indonesia Kontemporer at SOAS draws in the crowds

24 October 2013

The third Indonesia Kontemporer (IKON) organised by the Centre of South East Asian Studies (CSEAS) at SOAS, University of London drew in an estimated 1,200 people last week for its day long programme inspired by Indonesian arts and cultural traditions. It also attracted national coverage on BBC Indonesia.

IKON is a creative event mixing exhibitions, performances, workshops, crafts, film screenings, as well as food, language taster classes and handicrafts stalls. Artists and crafts people participating in this event hailed from many parts of the world outside Indonesia including Europe and the US.

Bags IKON
For the second year running His Excellency Hamzah Tayeb, Indonesian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, visited IKON, one of SOAS’ largest community outreach events and the largest Indonesian cultural event in the United Kingdom.

Chair of CSEAS Dr Carol Tan said: “IKON familiarises people of all ages with what SOAS offers. They go away thinking of SOAS as a vibrant place through which their lifelong education and engagement with Indonesia and its culture can begin and continue.”
lecture IKON

SOAS also hosted the 2013 London Indonesian Film Screenings last week, also organised by CSEAS and the SOAS Centre of Film and Screen Studies. This event presented a selection of some of the most exciting films to come out of Indonesia in recent years.

Dr Ben Murtagh, one of the curators of the film screenings said: "I wanted the SOAS community and members of the public to watch these exciting films, some of which are rarely screened, and to be able to hear from some of the film directors in person. It was gratifying to see so many people at the screenings – we had total audience figures of around 850!"

Tents IKON

The Department of South East Asia at SOAS is proud to be one of the few universities outside of Indonesia offering an undergraduate course dedicated to the study of Indonesian film. 

Picture credit: Dr Carol Tan.