In the news

  • AIYA member, Jaime Berrill, helps us celebrate Independence day with this short mix of tracks by talented Indonesian artists.
  • In an address to parliament ahead of Thursday’s independence day, President Jokowi said that the country needed to pull together to meet the threat of extremism and safeguard a constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity.
  • Three former presidents joined President Jokowi in celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day at the State Palace.
  • Working towards a culture of respect the Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Helen Fletcher-Kennedy considers modern Australian, Indonesian and Indigenous attitudes.
  • Many Indonesians remember the New Order regime that Suharto led from 1967 to 1998 for corruption and repression, including a brutal campaign of anti-communist purges that historians describe as one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. But in a country where open discussion of his rule remains taboo, the General Suharto Memorial Museum celebrates him as a kindly father and heroic nation-builder. To some, this is a rewriting of history that’s too much to bear.

On the blog

  • What is gamelan jegog? The instrument has been encouraging Australians to visit and experience more than just the common tourist attractions in Bali. Read on for more information from Jane Ahlstrand (originally published on the JembARTan blog).


  • Volunteer apps are now open for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017 (UWRF17).
  • Applications close 1 September for ACICIS’ Indonesian Language Short Course 2017/2018 sessions. Details here.

2 Weeks left – apply for NAILA now

Apply today for NAILA 2017 – applications have been extended until 1 September for a wide range of categories, including the new categories of a Junior Executive Award, Senior Executive Award, and the Teacher’s Award.

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