Australian Embassy

Indonesian Orchestral and Australian Indigenous Music Celebrated in “Voyage to Marege” Concert

Media Release

8 August 2017

Indonesian composer Ananda Sukarlan and Australian Indigenous musician Djakapurra Munyarrun will perform together in Jakarta to celebrate the 72th anniversary of Indonesian Independence.

Taking its name from the Makassar term for Arnhem Land in northern Australia, the Voyage to Marege concert is inspired by the connections between the Yolngu people from North East Arnhem Land and the Bugis traders from Makassar.

The concert is a celebration of the deep bonds between Australia and Indonesia. It will be held on 31 August 2017 at Teater Jakarta, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) Jakarta.

Earlier this year, Ananda Sukarlan travelled to Australia to visit the Yolngu community to learn about their culture, traditions, and music. During this visit, Ananda also met with Djakapurra Munyarrun, an Australian Indigenous musician who will perform as one of the soloists in the concert.

Australian Charge d’affaires to Indonesia Bradley Armstrong said the concert showcases the long history of collaboration between Australians and Indonesians that dates back to the 18th century.

“The deep personal connections between Australians and Indonesians have built a strong foundation for today’s strong relationship between the two countries,” Dr Armstrong said.

Dr Armstrong said the concert is a tribute to Indonesia’s struggle for independence and a celebration of the people-to-people links between the countries that continue to grow.

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