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Komunitas Angklung Utrecht

Category : Kebudayaan

Berada jauh dari tanah air ternyata tidak menyurutkan semangat mahasiswa Indonesia di Utrecht untuk mempelajari budaya tradisional Indonesia. Salah satu kebudayaan tersebut adalah instrumen Angklung yang merupakan instrumen tradisional dari tanah Sunda.

Ide awal untuk membentuk komunitas ini dimulai dari adanya keinginan untuk memberdayakan alat musik yang terbuat dari bambu ini yang telah lama idle di Utrecht (awalnya dimainkan para mahasiswa Indonesia di Eindhoven). Salah satu pengajarnya yang dulu pernah menempuh studi di Eindhoven kemudian menginisiasi untuk membentuk Komunitas Angklung jika mahasiswa Indonesia di Utrecht berminat. Setelah diumumkan oleh Ketua PPI, Tri Juliansyah, di grup anggota PPI Utrecht, ternyata banyak yang merespon positif ajakan tersebut. Komunitas Angklung di Utrecht akhirnya terbentuk yang langsung dimulai dengan pertemuan dan latihan perdana pada bulan Februari 2018.

Saat ini Komunitas Angklung Utrecht telah beranggotakan 23 orang. Terdapat dua pelatih handal yang dengan senang hati mengajarkan cara bermain angklung yaitu Mbak Ida dan Mbak Dea. Latihan rutin sendiri diadakan di Gedung SGB setiap Sabtu siang, namun seringkali masih disesuaikan dengan jadwal para anggota.

Hingga saat ini, para anggota Komunitas Angklung telah mempelajari lagu-lagu yang menarik mulai dari lagu daerah hingga lagu internasional popular seperti: Burung Kakatua, Yamko Rambe Yamko, Edelweiss, dan Solemio. Ternyata memainkan angklung tidak semudah yang dibayangkan karena kekompakan dan harmonisasi antaranggota harus diatur sedemikian rupa agar menghasilkan lagu yang enak didengar. Nah, bagi teman-teman anggota PPI Utrecht yang berminat, jangan ragu untuk ikut kegiatan ini! Semakin banyak pemainnya, maka permainan angklung semakin menarik.

Suasana salah satu sesi latihan

Mbak Ida sang pelatih

UID 2017: Invitation for Children to Participate in Drawing Competition

Category : Kebudayaan


For PDF and Dutch version  click here.

Dear children, dear teachers

Please accept our invitation to participate in the drawing and coloring competition of Utrecht Indonesian Day (UID) 2017. During the last three years of the events, Utrecht Indonesian Day (UID) becomes a symbol of a cultural event that provides the chance to maintain and strengthen the unique bond among Indonesian diaspora and the local community in the Netherlands. The celebration of UID had consistently highlighted the various aspect of the assimilation between the two nations. This attempt attracted a lot of attentions and supports of around 400 visitors each year.

This year, Indonesian Students’ Association in Utrecht (PPI Utrecht) determines to bring back the excitement of UID with a distinct theme of ‘Indonesian traditional games.’ It is expected that UID 2017 can be used by the modern families, either Indonesian, Dutch, mixed, or others, to introduce the traditional games that start to extinct despite its precious norm and educational values. We believe that UID 2017 will be the best event that provides the experience for everyone to observe, involve, and enjoy the Indonesian culture, especially the merriness of its traditional games.

Hoping you will find an inspiration in this year’s theme, we are looking forward to your entries.


The theme of Utrecht Indonesian day 2017 is INDONESIAN TRADITIONAL GAME

Competition and Eligibility Condition

I. CATEGORY A: Coloring Competition for 4-7 year old

1. Eligible for children within age 4-7 year old
2. Choosing one from the pictures below:
Picture A.1 (link download)
Picture A.2 (link download)
Picture A.3 (link download)
3. Paper size: A4,  80 – 100 gsm
4. Free to use any coloring tools

II. CATEGORY B: Coloring Competition for 7-10 year old

1. Eligible for children within age 7-10 year old
2. Choosing one from the below pictures:
Picture B.1 (link download)
Picture B.2 (link download)
Picture B.3 (link download)
3. Paper size: A4, 80 – 100 gsm
4. Free to use any coloring tools

III. CATEGORY C: Drawing Competition for 10-15 year old

1. Eligible for children within age 10-15 year old
2. Theme: traditional game
3. Paper size: A4, 80 – 100 gsm
4. Free to use any drawing and coloring tools

Labelling of Artworks

To label competing artworks, please, use the attached WORK IDENTIFICATION Label (see below). Each work must have the following information on the back side:
a. Coloring/drawing category (A/B/C).
b. Surname and name  of the child/participant  (give them in the following order: 1 surname, 2 name).
c. Age.
d. Name and full address of the school or organization responsible for sending the work (name of the school, street, postcode, city, country). Information on awards will be sent to this address later.
e. E-mail address of the organization to be used for communication on the exhibition – please, indicate the website of the school, the current e-mail address of the school or organization and an e-mail address of the art teacher(s) responsible for sending in the works so that they could be informed on the competition.
f. If a child participate as an individual, indicate their name, age and home address, including an e-mail for communication (of a parent of theirs).

Label for participant managed by school or organisation:

Label for individual participant:


  • All of the drawing and coloring result will be judged by juries with criteria:
    1. Color composition (20%)
    2. Beauty/ artistry (30 %)
    3. Tidiness (30 %)
    4. Coloring/drawing technique (20 %)
  • The top 10 of each category will exhibit on 10th of September start from 11.00-14.30
  • The visitor will vote for the top three winners and will be announced around 14.45

Important Dates:

Opening competition: 10 August 2017 – 2 September 2017

Selection by judges: 2 September 2017 – 9 September 2017

Exhibition of top-10: 10 September 2017 (ZIMIHC Theater Stefanus 2 Braziliëdreef, 3563 CK Utrecht) start from 11.00-14.30, followed with announcement of the winner at 14.45 pm


  1. Trophy for top three winners
  2. Gift package for top three winners
  3. Certificate for top three, top ten and all participants

Please send your entries to the following address:

Stichting Generasi Baru (De Bazelstraat 31, 3555 CR Utrecht, Netherlands)

(Attention: at the latest 2 September 2017)

Contact Details:

Febru    : +31682679148

Email    :

UID 2017: Culinary Bazaar

Category : Kebudayaan

There are four food stands that will fulfill your gastronomy of Indonesian foods, e.g:

1. Pempek Elysha
Pempek Elysha is a restaurant which served Indonesian cuisine in Den Haag. As its name, the speciality of this restaurant is Pempek Palembang. Address: Bruijnings Ingenhoeslaan 124, 2273 KT Voorburg. Contact: 070 201 5750.

Pempek with its signature sauce.

2. Lapek Jo
Lapek Jo is a professional Indonesian food vendor which can be found in several Indonesian cultural events. Sate Padang is the most famous menu from Lapek Jo.  The speciality of Lapek Jo is Padang cuisine. Address: Jan Wapstraat 172, 2523 GM Den Haag. Contact: 062 692 3145.

Full dish of Nasi Padang.

3. Coto Makassar Ida
Farida Sinrang is one of a regular vendor of Utrecht Indonesian Day. This year, Coto Makassar is her special menu for UID 2017. Who doesn’t love Coto Makassar! Based in Overvecht, Utrecht. Contact: 061 123 0241.

The one and only Coto Makassar.

4. Annisa Utrecht
Annisa is Indonesian women group in Overvecht, Utrecht. This year, Annisa participates in UID 2017 with its various Indonesian traditional snacks.  Don’t miss the special cendol ice and pandan cake from Annisa! Contact: 062 815 6566.

Many variety of Kue Basah (snack).

5. Waroeng Indomie
Who doesn’t know Indomie? Indomie is the most delicious instant noodle out there. And the best thing is you can buy your Indomie at UID 2017!

Variety of Indomie flavour.


PS: Don’t forget to bring your cash!
Have you already decided what you want to buy? You can check the full menu and order it online here.
We reserve it for you! 🙂

UID 2017: Traditional Games Exhibition

Category : Kebudayaan

Exhibition consists of two parts. First is the exhibition of the top 10 of drawing and coloring competition. There are three categories of competition, the 4-7 years old, the 7-10 years old and the 10-15 years old. Here visitors will have chance to choose their most favorite drawing, and the most voted will serve as the winner of the competition. The announcement of the result will be around 14.45 during the workshop. For more information about the drawing and coloring competition, please see here (link to competition).
Second is the exhibition of Indonesian traditional games. It will show the history and how to play several traditional games such as yoyo, gasing, gundu, bekel, and congklak.

1. Yoyo
Yoyo is a famous international games which also played by Indonesian kids. It is believed that yoyo brought and introduced by Chinese people in Indonesia. The traditional form of yoyo is made of wood and usually sell in front of elementary school yard. Nowadays, the modern form of yoyo is made of steel and with many variation of style to play it.
How to play yoyo it’s very easy. Just follow this video and at least you will be an amateur yoyo player:

2. Gasing
This game is normally played by boys. The gangsing is a top made from bamboo with a small opening on the side. This small hole makes the top whistle very distinctively as it Gangsingspins. The size of the hole determines the pitch of the whistle. String is wound around the dowel that goes through the center of the gangsing . The child then holds onto the flat bamboo handle that is tied to the end of the string and pulls this handle to set the gangsing spinning. Normally a circle is drawn on the ground about 50 cm. in diameter. Two children play against each other. The object of the game is to try and knock your opponents gangsing out of the designated circle. Gangsing are commonly sold outside the temples and tourist attractions in Yogyakarta, Central Java.

If you play with your friends or in a competition, the winner is the one who can stay spin longer. Curious? See below video for Indonesian gasing!

Children play gasing (Source:

3. Gundu
Gundu is one of the most popular Indonesia traditional games played all over the Indonesia, it is also called as kanchey in North India and Marbles in English. This game is considered as one of the street game and is banned by many parents nowadays. This game increases the aim and concentration skills. The way to play this game is by holding tautly in the forefinger of the left hand. Then the finger is stretched back like a bow-string by the pressure of the forefinger of the right hand, then the gundu is immediately shooted by releasing the finger. Remember, while pushing the gundu, the left thumb should firmly touch the ground. Follow this movie to be a good shooter!

4. Bekel
This is the equivalent of western jacks, and is commonly played by Indonesian girls. The shape of the bekel differs from the western jacks in that they are flat with a small bridge holding the two sides together. On the upper side of the biji bekel there is a small red dot that is called the pit. The under side of the bekel is called a roh. On one of the flat sides of the biji bekel there are small indentations or dots and the other side is smooth.

The game is played is a similar method to jacks, but with a few differences. When the game is started, the biji bekel are all held in the hand of the player and are dropped as the ball is allowed to bounce one time. The player then starts to play by attempting to pick up the biji bekel one at a time without disturbing any of the other biji bekel within the time that it takes the ball to bounce once.

If the player successfully has picked up all of the bekel, he then drops them again and starts the second set of the game. In this set he must attempt to position the biji bekel with the pit facing up again one at a time. This action must be completed while the player throws the ball in the air and allows it to bounce one time. The player must attempt to turn over the bekel without moving any of the other bekel.

If the player completes this successfully, he then picks up the biji bekel one at a time while throwing the ball in the air until he has all of the biji bekel in his hand. He then drops them all again and now picks the biji bekel up two at a time and then three at a time, etc. until he picks up all the biji bekel with one sweep of the hand.

He drops them again and now starts the roh set. The player must attempt to turn over all the biji bekel so the roh side is now facing up. It is permitted to pick up more than one group of the set number while the ball is being thrown in the air. For example if the player is picking up groups of two while the ball is being thrown in the air, he may grab three groups of two bekel. The action of grabbing a set number of bekel is called cek.

If the player moves any of the biji bekel that he is not attempting to pick up, or if he drops any of the biji bekel in his hand, he loses his turn and it goes to the next player. A skilled player can go through many sets of the game before he makes a mistake and has to turn the bekel over to the next player. The player that completes the most sets without making a mistake is considered the winner of the game.

The name is derived from the Dutch game”bikkelen” using the same copper “bikkels”.

5. Congklak
Congklak has its origins in either Africa or the Arab world, depending on which scholar’s theory you choose to believe. Some of the oldest evidence was found in National Geographic-sponsored archaeological diggings dating back to 7,000 to 5,000 BC in present-day Jordan. Even within Indonesia, Congklak is known by different names from region to region. The most common name, Congklak, is taken from the cowrie shell, which is commonly used to play the game. This game consist of two items, namely playing board and playing pieces. The playing board is made from wood, with variations from island to island in the number of holes on each side, either 5, 6, 7 or 9 holes. All the boards have two ‘store house’ holes, one on each end. The design varies from simple, unadorned woods, to boat-shaped boards, to highly decorated playing boards. Whilst stones, seeds and shells are used as pieces for the game.

Congklak (Source:

UID 2017: Arts & Cultural Performance

Category : Kebudayaan

During the first session of the event, several performers will guide you to the ethnique and traditional Indonesian music. Here are their profiles:

1. SIN (Sekolah Indonesia Netherlands / The Indonesia School in Netherlands)
This school was established for Indonesian nationality kid in Netherlands. This school open for Indonesians who have a desire to give their children an education based on Indonesian value and curriculum. The goal of this school is providing access to a good, competitive, and relevant education with international standard but according to Indonesian value and culture. This school recently send the students to perform a traditional dance in several Indonesian events, including the upcoming UID 2017, to introduce and remind the beauty of Indonesian Culture through traditional dance.

2. Potatone
Potatone is a musical group consists of several Indonesian bachelor students who study in Netherland. Since they study and live far away from their home and have the same interest in music, they create this group. This group mainly perform Indonesian pop song in their colour. They add a classical element in their music such as adding the saxophones, to polish their musical taste. They already performed in several Indonesian Cultural events. Ready to feel the trendy Indonesian songs in the different colour, come and join us.

3. Indonesia Classic Song by Ardelia Padmasaswitri
Ardelia started her musical journey in the Netherlands in 2014, and along the way she met Henny Diemer, and received guidance from her. Later in 2014 she started her singing education in the Utrecht Conservatorium under the guidance of Dobrinka Yankova. Studying at Utrecht Conservatorium, Ardelia has a lot of contact with the Early Music. In her second year, she was trusted to sing an aria from Bach Cantata BWV 180 “Schmücke dich, o Liebe Seele”, which was conducted by Heiko ter Schegget. Currently, she is continuing her third year in Den Haag Conservatorium under the guidance of Sasja Hunnego. In this event, Ardelia will perform Classic Indonesian Song written by famous poets such as Mohtar Embut and Izmail Marzuki.

UID 2017 Main Events: Let’s Play!!!

Category : Kebudayaan

The Let’s Play workshop will be lead directly by Hong Community. Here are their profile and what will we do during the workshop.

Hong Community

Hong community had been initiated at the first time in 1996 by Mohamad Zaini Alif. Kang Zaini -Mohamad Zaini Alif’s nickname- has conducted several types of research about toys and traditional games. He started his research in Bandung, West Java. His work gained public attention, especially children to gather for playing some traditional games and even make their toys by themselves. This gathering activity grew bigger until the member reaches 150 people with an age range of 6 – 90 years. Therefore, in 2013 Kang Zaini changed this group activity into a formal community, namely Hong community. Since this community has a diverse age of the member, there is a differentiation of the member role within this community. The children act as the game player while the adults play a role as facilitator, toys maker and/or speaker in an event. The activity of this community gained more public attention as it supports education especially children characteristic development, tourism, culture, and entrepreneurship development of its member. Therefore, in 2012 a foundation namely Hong Pekarangan Nusantara Foundation was established to facilitate all Hong Community activities primarily research and development of traditional games. The experiences of Hong Community to introduce the value of traditional games especially for the children development not only in Indonesia area but also abroad (Japan and Australia).

Workshop: Let’s Play!!
Workshop activity of Utrecht Indonesia Day 2017 will be held in collaboration with Hong Community. This workshop will be divided into two sections. The first and short section will invite the audience to create traditional toys using coconut leaves. At the end of this session, the audience may bring back their hand make toys as a memento. The second and longer one will invite the audience to go back to the joy of childhood period. Utilising the sarong (traditional Indonesian clothes), we hope to induce and stimulate the audience’s imagination in an interactive activity.

Making keris (Javanese swords) from janur (coconut leave).

Playing with sarung (Indonesian Traditional Clothes).

Utrecht Indonesian Day 2017

Category : Kebudayaan

See full poster here.

During the last three years of the events, Utrecht Indonesian Day (UID) becomes a symbol of a cultural event that provides the chance to maintain and strengthen the unique bond among Indonesian diaspora and the local community in the Netherlands. The celebration of UID had consistently highlighted the various aspect of the assimilation between the two nations. This attempt attracted a lot of attentions and supports of around 400 visitors each year.
This year, Indonesian Students’ Association in Utrecht (PPI Utrecht) determines to bring back the excitement of UID with a distinct theme of ‘Indonesian traditional games.’ It is expected that UID 2017 can be used by the modern families, either Indonesian, Dutch, mixed, or others, to introduce the traditional games that start to extinct despite its precious norm and educational values. We believe that UID 2017 will be the best event that provides the experience for everyone to observe, involve, and enjoy the Indonesian culture, especially the merriness of its traditional games.

Buy your ticket here: (First 101 order get FREE souvenirs!)
Entrance fee: 3 EUR
Pre-order your food & snack at:
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ZIMIHC Theater Stefanus
2 Braziliëdreef
3563 CK Utrecht

Programme Event: Sunday, September 10, 2017
11.00 – 13.00 Indonesian Art and cultural performance
11.00 – 15.00 Traditional games exhibition
12.00 – 17.00 Culinary bazaar
14.00 – 17.00 Main Event: Let’s Play

Arts and cultural performance (more info)
UID 2017 promotes the arts and cultures of Indonesia through the beauty of dance and music, both traditional and contemporary, as the opening of UID 2017.

Traditional Games Exhibition (more info)
UID 2017 displays booth and stands that exhibit the traditional Indonesian games from time to time in the form of items, pictures, drawings, and paintings. Yoyo, gasing, gundu, bekel, and congklak will be displayed and could be played during the exhibition. Here we will also exhibit drawing and coloring competition (more details) for children ranging from 4 to 15 years old.

Culinary Bazaar (more info)
Indonesian events in the Netherlands are identical with their offerings to taste Indonesian foods and drinks. We present the visitor an opportunity to experience the original and the distinctive taste of Indonesian culinary.

Main Event: Let’s Play (more info)
UID 2017 offers the main program in an interactive concept which invites the visitors to directly involved in the games. In this workshop, the visitor will create a traditional games using janur (coconut leaves), which can be brought home as memento. The guest will also join the active traditional game using Indonesian traditional clothes (sarung) afterwards.

UID 2017 is open for public, including the students and diaspora of Indonesia that lives in the Netherlands. This event is also designed to attract the Dutch citizens, particularly in Utrecht and its adjacent cities, who have interest in Indonesian culture.

Save the date and book your ticket! We are looking forward to see you and experience Indonesian traditional games together 🙂

UID (Utrecht Indonesian Day) IS BACK!

Category : Kebudayaan

Our signature cultural event is back!

This time UID 2017 will deliver a unique concept than ever before. Stay tune at our social media and be ready. Because there is no better day to experience the richness of Indonesia culture than in the Utrecht Indonesian Day. #UID2017

UID 2017 is proudly presented by Indonesian Student Association in Utrecht (PPI Utrecht).

Reportase Gita Swara Nassa (GSN) Goes to Utrecht with PPI Utrecht

Category : Kebudayaan

Gita Swara Nassa (GSN) merupakan kelompok paduan suara dan angklung yang terdiri dari para siswa SD, SMP, dan SMA Nasional I Bekasi. Mereka hadir sebagai pengisi acara pada Utrecht Indonesian Day (UID) 2015, 13 September 2015 lalu.

Kehadiran GSN tidak hanya pada acara UID 2015 saja, akan tetapi juga mereka melakukan misi kebudayaan di UNESCO Paris dan Balaikota Aachen (Jerman). GSN menceritakan kesan-kesan mereka selama melakukan misi kebudayaan di Eropa, melalui tulisan buku harian. Salah satu bagian dari tulisan tersebut adalah cerita mereka di Utrecht. Cerita tersebut dapat dilihat pada tautan berikut ini.

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