6 October 2018
More than 500 Australian alumni have come together in a show of Australia-Indonesia friendship for a concert and disaster relief fundraiser in the Australian Embassy’s backyard.
The event, Gig on the Green, welcomed recent graduates of Australian universities to an extensive network of alumni in Indonesia and provided an opportunity for the Embassy community and guests to donate to the Indonesian Red Cross’s Central Sulawesi and Lombok appeal.
Australian talent such as Isaiah Firebrace, winner of The X Factor Australia 2016, and Indonesian artists with links to Australia including RAN, DIAA, Teza Sumendra and MCs Kelly Tandiono and Boy William offered messages of sympathy to those affected by the disaster.
Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan said the event was an opportunity for alumni to come together in support of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi while reconnecting with old friends.
“Friendships between Australians and Indonesians are at the core of the relationship between our two countries, and events like this show the strength of those connections.
“Those relationships are particularly important at difficult times such as we are seeing in Central Sulawesi and Lombok. As a close neighbour and friend, Australia stands with Indonesia in offering support to those affected.”
Hip hop artist Yani “Yacko” Oktaviana was awarded first prize in the inaugural Australian Alumni Music Talent Competition, which celebrates alumni artists.
This year’s event is sponsored by Qantas Airways, a flag carrier of Australia, and Anomali Coffee, a coffee roaster company jointly owned by an Australian alumni.
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