The Age of Bones – Jaman Belulang

We’d like to let our members and followers know about this production.  
The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang) is an incredible new Australian/Indonesian theatre show being presented at Gorman Arts Centre from 8-11 March.
The show follows the fantastical story of an Indonesian boy, Ikan who goes fishing one day and fails to return home. Assuming the worst, his parents hire a legendary seafarer to look for his corpse. He finds nothing. The Age of Bones traces what happened to Ikan – from the day he left to his eventual imprisonment in Australia and his fight to return home. This is a heartfelt and darkly funny tale inspired by the real-life stories of 60 Indonesian boys imprisoned in Australia for working on refugee boats. The show is set under the ocean in an underwater court, realized through Indonesian shadow puppetry, music and digital projection. This timely and darkly funny production shines a light on a controversial chapter in Australia’s recent history – it’s significant that it is being presented in Canberra, the seat of our national government.
For those of you who know or have friends who speak Indonesian or have an interest in Indonesian culture, this is a bilingual production in English and Indonesian (with subtitles) featuring a cast of Indonesian and Australian actors and includes some really amazing Indonesian shadow puppetry in a contemporary context. The show is definitely kid friendly, with lots of physical comedy and stunning visuals.
Tickets are available here: and there are special rates for families, groups and under 30s. Shows run Wednesday 8 March through Saturday 11 March, with a matinee at 11am on the Friday and 2pm on Saturday.

Urgent – Indonesian teacher expat USA student – Canberra

BBI(ACT) received the following information to pass on to its members.

My name is Steve Reynolds and I work for LTC Language Solutions, a full service language provider meeting language needs since 1992. We have an urgent need to contract with an Indonesian language/culture teacher for one expat USA student in Canberra.

Please pass this teaching opportunity on to anyone in your extended network that might be qualified and interested.

What: 168 hour contract – beginning level Indonesian language / culture for one adult student
Where: Private office provided in Government facility in Canberra
When: Daily – Monday through Friday – total of 24 days of teaching
Time: 8:00 am through 4:00 pm (one hour lunch)
Starting Date: 21 February through 24 March, 2017
Requirements: Teacher must be native Indonesian speaker with teaching experience

Pay: $4,200 US Dollars total pay ($20 to $25 US Dollars per hour – negotiable depending on experience)

Materials: Provided for teacher and student

Please forward your CV and contact information so we can set up a skype or phone interview ASAP. Thanks!





Steve Reynolds ǀ Language Training Coordinator



5750 Castle Creek Parkway, Suite 487

Indianapolis, IN 46250

P: 317.578.1661 ǀ 888.456.1626

F: 317.578.1673
GSA Contract Number: GS-10F-109BA


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companies for the 5th year in a row!

BBI (ACT) Celebrates Indonesian Language Teaching in Canberra Schools

The achievements of primary and secondary school teachers of the Indonesian language were once again celebrated at a dinner hosted by Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra on 4 November 2016. At least 10 ACT Schools were represented at the dinner which provided teachers and school principals the opportunity to exchange classroom experiences teaching Indonesian to students in Canberra. Specially invited guests included five Indonesian Language Teacher Assistants who give up time outside their own academic studies in Canberra tertiary institutions to teach in classrooms under their supervising teachers.

BBI (ACT) Chair, Heath McMichael, told guests the task of encouraging young people to take up and persevere with Indonesian language and culture studies is a challenging one, especially in the light of ingrained community indifference about Australia’s nearest Asian neighbour. Heath said that BBI (ACT) was willing to assist teachers, principals, and ACT education authorities promote the learning of Indonesian in order to maintain much-needed ballast in the people-to-people relationship between the two countries. BBI (ACT) is looking at practical and inventive ways to stimulate interest in Indonesian language learning, for instance in workshopping Indonesian curriculum materials with teachers and educators from schools in Canberra and Indonesia, organising teacher field trips to schools in eastern Indonesia and, hosting a YouTube Indonesian language competition.


BBI (ACT) Chair, Heath McMichael with Indonesian Language Teacher Assistants (ILTAs), 4 November 2016



Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) hosted a visit by renowned former Indonesia Idol star, Michael Jakarimilena to Canberra on 1-2 September 2016.  Michael, accompanied by guitarist Tony Brillyanto, performed a schools-only concert at Alfred Deakin High School on 1 September for over 150 students of Indonesian from secondary schools throughout the ACT region. Michael, a native of Papua Province, thrilled his enthusiastic audience with renditions of his most popular recent songs, including ‘Raya Indonesia’, ‘Salam Tiga Jari’ and ‘Papua Dalam Cinta’. Michael also performed for an appreciative audience at the Indonesian Embassy on the evening of 2 September. Michael’s Canberra performances followed a highly successful visit to Perth where he also performed for schools in concerts organised by BBI Perth. From Canberra Michael left for Northeast Victoria where he was due to perform at the Beechworth Secondary College on 5 September before returning to Indonesia.

In welcoming Michael and Tony to Canberra, BBI (ACT) chair, Heath McMichael, said that their visit reinforced a primary goal of the BBI (ACT) to support the learning and teaching of Indonesian in schools in the ACT and throughout Australia. Heath congratulated the performers for rekindling students’ passion for the Indonesian language and for building a bridge between cultures. “Michael and Tonys’ electric performance at Alfred Deakin High School demonstrated once again the power of music diplomacy”, Heath said.

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Australia Indonesia Association (ACT) Inc. presents the AIA WINTER DINNER 2016

Great entertainment – live Indonesian music and performances Nine piece Gamelan & Indonesian Band & Pendet Dance & Topeng Dance & live Indonesian song.

Quality 3 Course Dinner – Main: Indonesian Rendang (Halal)

Guest Speaker: Indonesian Ambassador: HE NADJIB RIPHAT KESOEMA


When: Saturday 16 July 2016 at 6.00 for 6.30pm

Where: Rich Rewards Room. Canberra Race Course, Randwick Road, Lyneham, ACT, 2602

 Cost:    $60 for members – $70 for non-members

Lucky Door Prize from Indo Cafe


Purchase Tickets by:

  1. Pay Online (preferred method)
  2. Electronic Funds Transfers to: Account Name: Australia Indonesia Association ACT Branch

BSB 032729 Account No: 130447. On payment please enter: WD – Your surname and email a receipt copy and your details to; OR

  1. Cheques payable to “Australia Indonesia Association” can be sent to:

AIA (ACT) PO Box 7252 Duffy ACT 2611


For more information and tickets contact:

Phone: Bill Rhemrev 0438 881 750 or Yetty Daly 6286 5551 (ah) or SMS Les Boag 0418 210 348

Non-members of AIA also welcome

Please note deadline for bookings is Friday 8 July 2016

(tickets sold out last few years so please book early)


AIA gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

IndoCafe, Embassy of Indonesia Canberra