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Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 1:27pm

Line of Indonesian women in cultural dress preparing for CultureFest

Hand in hand, dressed in colourful traditional Indonesian costumes, members of Lincoln University’s Indonesian Club will take to the CultureFest stage to dance.

Club founder Yeni says their dance will reflect coming together and represent some of Indonesia’s 34 provinces.

“This year we want to perform a dance showing friendship. We want to be a friend of kiwis and dance together with the audience.”

Each costume worn by the performers comes from a different province in Indonesia.

The Indonesian Club, which has 23 members, was started by Yeni and a friend in December to introduce people to Indonesian culture  and help new Indonesian students at Lincoln University feel welcome and settle.

“I’m so happy finally we can have a club and introduce our culture and be a part of the Lincoln community. It is very important for us to be represented at LUSA.”

Yeni came to Lincoln University a year and a half ago on a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade scholarship to complete her masters. It was a dream come true and allowed her to bring her son with her, she says.

“Not only did I benefit from the scholarship, but also my son. He can learn about education, different culture and language here and respect for other people.”

While Yeni misses the large variety of fruit that grows in Indonesia, she has found a new favourite in our feijoa.

“I don’t get that back at home, I will miss feijoa from New Zealand.”