Australian Embassy

Concert and Coffee Celebrating Australian Creative Alumni

Media Release

7 October 2017

Talented Australian alumni were in the spotlight at a concert and talk show at the Australian Embassy today featuring musicians Galih Galinggis and Neonomora.

The Embassy’s Purnululu Theatre was transformed into a Melbourne-style café lounge for the celebration of acoustic music, with coffee by Australian specialty roasters Toby’s Estate and traditional afternoon tea delights including lamingtons and Anzac biscuits.

Podomoro University’s Prime Nova band kicked off the afternoon’s entertainment with covers of local and international hits, followed by Jakarta group DIAA and Galih Galinggis.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson said Indonesia’s arts and cultural sectors included numerous artists who had studied in Australia.

“Australia has world-class universities, a thriving creative scene and an unbeatable lifestyle that continues to inspire young Indonesians long after they have returned home,” he said.

He said Australia was proud of its alumni and pleased to host events like today’s, which celebrated up-and-coming talent and fostered young Indonesians’ professional networks.

Ratih Suryahutamy (Neonomora) is an Indonesian singer, songwriter, artist and writer. Her self-titled debut EP, released in November 2013, was named Best Indonesian Album of 2013 by Rolling Stone Indonesia, an accolade also accorded to her full-length 2014 follow-up, Seeds. Neonomora has come a long way from singing along to Australian artists Angus and Julia Stone’s “Big Jet Plane” with her brother Bam Mastro (Elephant Kind) while they were both studying in Perth, having finished her “Waters Voyage” tour with shows in Los Angeles, London and Brighton in May 2017.

Galih Galinggis may have got his artistic genes from his parents Mira Lesmana and Mathias Muchus, but expresses himself through music instead of film. Having studied popular music and performance at the John Martin Cass Academy in Sydney, Galih is known for his rock performances with his band, Resistensi.

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