Saturday, July 23, 2011

2010 Indonesia Day

LAWANG: Gateway to Indonesia.
A Uniquely San Francisco Tradition, Saturday on July 31st, 11 am to 4 pm at Union Square.
Indonesian American Community in Northern California and the Consulate General  in cooperation with the City and County of San Francisco, announced the 17th Annual Indonesian Day Celebration.  This exciting event will be held in San Francisco on Saturday, July 31st, 2010 from 11 am to 4 pm at Union Square.  For more than a decade, it continues to be the biggest Indonesian event in the United States.

This year’s theme will be called “LAWANG” (Javanese/Sanskrit word for “Gateway” or "Passageway" in English). Through this gateway, we are inviting people to peek into our life and culture here in the US as well back in Indonesia . Through this gateway too, there has been many cultural life exchanged between the US and Indonesia which people might not discovered yet.
Lawang in many ways also symbolizes our cultural evolution among our people who has been living here in Bay Area for decades, our American friends who has been admiring our cultures and the younger generation from the mix marriage between Indo-US parenthood.  Indonesian Day 2010 will feature performance of traditional and contemporary Indonesian dances and music from various Indonesian islands, most notably Bali, Java, Sulawesi, Sumatra and Kalimantan.  Well known singers, dancers and musicians from Indonesia will join local talents for a full day of fun and exciting performances.  Indonesian cuisine from local restaurants will be on hand to enhance the authenticity of the atmosphere. 
According to Tony Lolong, the founder of Indonesian Day: “For one day in San Francisco, you can experience Indonesia with all your senses.  It’s like being in Indonesia without getting on a plane and spending thousands of dollars.  This is the best event to attend if you want to learn about Indonesia, its culture and its people”.  Since 1994, Indonesian Day has become a mainstay of multicultural events in San Francisco, enriching the community through the colorful sights, unique sounds, and exquisite tastes of this Pacific island nation.

“The continual popularity of this event serves as testimony to California’s appreciation and promotion of diversity”, wrote United States Senator Diana Feinstein.

“Every August, I look forward to this day of festivities with the promise of authentic Indonesian dance, music, song, martial arts and the opportunity to participate in a traditional Indonesian celebration”, stated former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. who attended past Indonesia Day celebrations.

Lawang is representing the Americans who have been studying, playing, performing and dancing traditional Indonesian arts such as:

Gamelan Sekar Jaya ( aBalinese gamelan ensemble located in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has been called "the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia" by Indonesia’s Tempo Magazine. It performs traditional dance accompanied by many different genre of Balinese gamelan including Gamelan Gong Kebyar, Gamelan Angklung, Gender Wayang, Gamelan Joged Bumbung, and Gamelan Jegog. Founded in 1979, Gamelan Sekar Jaya (GSJ) was the first community based Balinese gamelan in the United States. Read more at Wikipedia.

Gamelan X ( world music ensemble presents dynamic, original music for concerts and dance events. Drawing musical inspiration from Indonesian, Balkan, African, Indian and American traditions, Gamelan X combines complex interlocking rhythms and sinewy melodies into a visceral groove experience that excites and entrances its listeners. Instruments used include dozens of small and large gongs, wind and stringed instruments, synthesizers, drum set, and percussion from across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. With this sound-palette, injected with engaging group choreography and crowd interaction, Gamelan X takes audiences on a journey through a wide range of exotic musical spaces. The Gamelan X “Bali-bass” groove ritual: dynamic, mesmerizing, and highly addictive.

Of course the Indonesians who have been living in the US and managed to go international and build successful careers in US as Tania Gunadi (Star at Disney Channel).

Tania Gunadi and Amron-Paul Yuwono will co-host Indonesian Day 2010 in San Francisco.  Tania was born in Bandung, Indonesia, she is one of the leads in the TV series, AARON STONE on DISNEY XD, with all brand new episodes airing beginning June 1, 2010.  She is currently filming a secret TV animation series which will premier October 10, 2010.  Tania’s other TV/Film credit includes "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia", Hallmark’s "Magic of Ordinary Days", "Boston Public", "Bob Funk and Disney Channel’s Go Figure, Pixel Perfect, & Even Stevens".  She has recently just finished doing Voice Over for "Eat Pray Love" the movie.  To watch Tania’s acting video:

Amron-Paul Yuwono
This multi talented artist who takes things as a hobby rather than making it into career has been our host and MC for the past few years of Indonesian Day SF. His funny honest comments will once again tickle you all day this year.  Some of things he has done are performing Snoopy The Musical Broadway Play as Woodstock in Oklahoma, dancing at the Manifesto Street Theater in Europe, directing some of famous dancers’ performances such as Didik Nini Thowok, producing his short film “Children of ARMA”, choreographing Fashion Show in Milan-Italy, to styling at the White House as a make up artist during the President Obama’s Inauguration.  His acting hobby has getting him involved with “Kejar Amerika” Indonesian-Canadian Film, “MILK” with Sean Penn, the recent movie “La Mission” with Benjamin Bratt and recently “Eat Pray Love” with Julia Roberts in Bali.  Beside his heavy involvement in the art and culture world, he is also known as the founder and designer of “Jogja Village Inn” in Java Island and “Gecko Gecko” Indonesian & Asian Art.  His big upcoming project will be the creative director of the Exhibition of Ann Dunham’s (President Obama’s mother) Collection of Indonesian Batik in Paris-France and touring Europe with The Indonesia World Organization early next year. Paul was a make-up artist for Maya Soetoro-Ng's, US President Obama's half sister: 

Sophia Latjuba is the daughter of ex-governor of East Timor.  Born and raised in her Austrian-German mother’s German homeland then spent her youth in her father’s Indonesia.
Starting her career as a model when she was teenager, Sophia has also played in several films, including the popular teen flick Catatan Si Boy (Boy’s Diary) in 1991 and received her popularity in the movie "Bilur Bilur Penyesalan". She also released some albums, including Hanya Untukmu (Only for You), which was awarded BASF Best Arrangement Album in 1994. A few of her solo albums with Indra Lesmana were also best hits. Her "Hold On" album was awarded as Best Video Clip in Brasou, Rumania.
Settling near LA with as a housewife to her American husband, Michael, she is now active in social education, a mother raising their children and taking some more acting classes in between.

Eva Celia Latjuba:  Acting industry is nothing new world for Eva. She is raised in the art and entertainment family including her own mother Sophia Latjuba and her father Indra Lesmana with her auntie, Mira Lesmana as her mentor. She started acting when she was 8yo. She received the best actress award in the film "Out of The Smoke" a short film in Jakarta.  She is also in the commercial ad for Jamu (Traditional herbs product) and Soap along with her mom.She started her debut with Multivision Plus production in Soap opera Sherina. In "Juwita Jadi Putri" she had to act with the senior award winner actress Rima Melati and Meriam Bellina. Some her silver screen involvement including Takut: Faces Of Fear, The Rescue, Jamila dan Sang Presiden.
She moved to LA now and choose to concentrate and continue her study.

Meeghan Henry (a teen pop star who had a CD just currently released and  produced  by a well-known producer Ronnie King who was has worked with Mariah Carey and Tyrese).  Following the footsteps of Michael Jackson, LeAnn Rimes, and Miley Cyrus, Los Angeles ’ own Meeghan is striving to become her generation’s pop music prodigy.  At only fourteen-years-old, the precocious and preternaturally talented Meeghan, who was born in her parent’s homeland of Indonesia , has already captured the attention of some of the most powerful and respected minds in the California music business.  According to music insiders who should know, it is not a manner of “if” young Meeghan becomes a star……..only “when”.

Like most successful child artists, Meeghan boast a large and supportive family eager to help the young starlet achieve her dreams. With her family full and conditional support, the outgoing youngster was quickly advanced in her career.  But unlike some budding child stars, Meeghan never let the acclaim go to her head.  While steadily advancing up the music industry ladder, Meeghan has maintained a laser-like focus on her schoolwork, earning straight A grades and serving as the Class President of her grade.  Meeghan is confident that she will never let fame and fortune go to her head or play havoc with her priorities.  Meeghan’s road to fame began when she was discovered at California Sound Studios by music industry powerbroker Ronnie King.  King is an internationally renowned producer and virtuoso keyboardist known for his behind the scenes work with such American icons as Mariah Carey, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.  Meeghan’s newest track with King have attracted the attention of some of the biggest players in the international music business.  Through she may not have the profile of an international superstar yet, there’s no denying that Meeghan has the composure and professionalism of consummate music industry veteran.

Hedi Yunus is a professional singer and actor. In 1987, Hedi started his professional singing career by joining a group called KAHITNA as one of their main vocalists. Later in 1990, Hedi was given an outstanding opportunity to start his solo career. Some of Hedi’s best solo albums of a total of 7 solo albums are SURATKU (1995), SEBATAS MIMPI (2001) and HEDI YUNUS (2008) with the main best song – MAAFKANLAH.  Hedi has performed locally and internationally in Asia, Australia, USA and Europe, performing with great local and International musicians. He has also achieved professional awards during his career such as “ Runner Up - World Yamaha Band Explosion 1991 in Budokan, Tokyo”. As a part of KAHITNA group, Hedi has also received professional awards as one of the best group vocalists. In Hedi’s movie career, he has been involved in 5 different movies since 2003.
Alfred Wellyanto (whom his songs are right at the moment being produced by George Dum, a producer and drummer of the American Idol David Archuleta) among others who will be performing at Indonesia Day 2010.

This annual event is made possible with the generosity and labor of love by energetic volunteers, caring entrepreneurs and socially responsible corporate leaders.  We have continually attract thousands of people, consisting of Indonesian American from near and far, and local community in the Bay Area.

Harsanari is a San Francisco-based Indonesian dance company founded in 1997 to promote an appreciation of traditional Indonesian dance and culture in America through participation and performance. Under the leadership of Michael Ogi, Harsanari focuses on the classical and folk dance forms of West Java and West Sumatra . Harsanari performs regularly at cultural events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Harsanari has appeared numerous times at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, San Francisco Indonesia Day, the Oakland Chinatown StreetFest, and the Portland Indo Heritage Reunion. Classes are offered for both men and women interested in keeping alive these wonderful dance forms.  For more information visit or send an e-mail to

Ninik Kunti Utami-Lunde was born and raised in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and is a graduate of Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, majoring in English Literature (1986) . She then finished her graduate program in Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989).  Much of her  classical Javanese dance instruction, mostly private, came about through encouragement from her family since she was 6 years old . For over 16 years of her childhood, she also received private classical piano instruction, and participated in the national classical piano competition. During 1982 and 1983, she was a student at the Dr. Hoch Konservatorium in Frankfurt, Germany. Ninik often performs Indonesian dances in the San Francisco Bay Area . She has performed classical Javanese dances at UC Berkeley with Gamelan Sari Raras of UC Berkeley, and has also performed Balinese dances for numerous time with Gamelan Sekar Jaya group (1996 – 2001). Ninik is the director of Lestari Indonesia dance group that participated in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in 1999 performing a classical Javanese court dance ‘SRIMPI’ at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Ninik has taught university-level Indonesian language since 1986 in the United States, and is currently teaching Indonesian language and culture at the University of California – Berkeley.


For vendor booth rentals and other information for the next Indonesian Day 2011, please contact Indonesian American Community Outreach

_________________________See You @ Indonesian Day 2011_________________________


  1. wah sayang sekali di san francisco :(, coba datang ke New York :)

  2. when is the next event? minta info nya ya kalau ada event spt ini...

  3. More royalty-free photos from Indo Day at Union Square:


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