BBI(ACT) will be holding its next malam sastra from 18:30 AEST (15:30 WIB) on 11 June 2021 to discuss the recently launched novel Yogya Yogya by Herry Gendut Janarto. Herry will be joining us via Zoom from 18:30 (AEST) to share his thoughts on the novel.

An invitation is also extended to non-BBI members to participate via Zoom (see details below). The novel Yogya Yogya can be ordered through Mas Amrih or purchased on line at Jual Buku – Buku Best Seller Karya Herry Gendut Janarto –

Malam Sastra dengan Ibu Dewi Anggraeni

On 19 February 2021, Balai Bahasa Indonesia (BBI) members, as part of its series of ‘malam sastra’ (literary evenings) on Indonesian literature, discussed Dewi Anggraeni’s novel Membongkar Yang Terkubur. BBI was very privileged to have Ibu Dewi Anggraeni speak at this ‘malam sastra’ to discuss her book with its members. Ibu Dewi shared with members her motivation for writing for this novel. She wanted to write a story about ‘Tionghoa peranakan’ (Chinese Indonesians) spanning a longer period of history over several generations of one, ordinary family. She explained the novel’s story is also an exploration of her own identity as a ‘Tionghoa peranakan’, an identity which lies deep within the sub-conscious. Ibu Dewi generously answered a range of questions from members about the novel ranging from the language chosen (bahasa Indonesia) to characterisation to choice of publisher. This literary evening marks a successful start to the series and BBI is very grateful to Ibu Dewi for travelling to Canberra to share her thoughts about this important novel.

BBI members Pak Dave (kiri), Pak Robin (front) and Pak Amrih (back) at the malam sastra
BBI members Mbak Daisy and Mbak Prapti with Bu Dewi
The author, Ibu Dewi enjoying dinner out in Canberra following the malam sastra.

The next malam sastra will be held in May 2021 to discuss Herry Gendut Janarto’s book Yogya Yogya.

Malam Ngobrol santai (dan Malam Bedah Buku – watch this space)

Tanggal 30 Oktober kemarin beberapa anggota BBI ACT kumpul-kumpul di rumah Ida Nurhayati untuk ngobrol santai dan makan malam. Sayangnya, karena begitu asyik ngobrol dan makan kami lupa mendokumentasikan acara silatulrahmi ini. BBI ACT akan mengadakan acara semacam ini lagi kalau situasi memungkinkan.

Kalau semua berjalan lancar, BBI ACT akan mengadakan acara Bedah Buku, Membongkar yang Terkubur (oleh Dewi Anggraeni) bulan Desember yang akan datang. Tunggu beritanya di sini …


Man Tiger/Lelaki Harimau – book club meeting


Click here for details: bookclubMantiger

Friday, 24 July 2020, please see link below:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions about social gathering, only very limited spaces available. Our apology, but watch this space for future ‘bedah buku’, happy reading.


Dear Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) member

This year the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) will take place in Canberra and Brisbane.  The organisers of the AIYEP program are interested in hearing from BBI (ACT) members who would be willing to provide a host family experience for a young Indonesian exchange participant in October and/or provide temporary work experience in a workplace such as a school, business, community organisation and government department.  AIYEP organisers are looking for both host homes and host organisations in Canberra to welcome AIYEPers into their lives.  Details of the host family and workplace experience opportunities may be found in the attached flyers.

  • Host families are needed from the afternoon of 13 October to the morning of 1 November, 2019
  • Host organisations are needed from 14 October to 31 October

Should you be interested in providing a place at home or in your organisation for an Indonesian exchangee, please contact the AIYEP project manager directly as follows:

Dr Elly Kent
Project Manager – Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP)
AFS Intercultural Programs Australia
PO Box 5, Strawberry Hills, NSW, 2012
Phone: +61(0)403549284

Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) fully supports the aims of the AIYEP as a practical and experience-rich activity to strengthen people-to-people relations between our two countries.

Best regards

Heath McMichael
Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT)


Host Families AIYEP38 factsheet

Canberra Host Families Flyer

Host Organisation AIYEP38 factsheet