All 156 Indonesian students who are currently attending Extension’s English Language Institute are also members of a cultural performance troupe that celebrates the art, music and culture of their native land.
The renowned troupe, whose study-abroad program is sponsored by the International Islamic Education Council (IIEC) of Indonesia, has performed in Canada and other countries in years past and will be performing in a U.S. venue this year for the first time.
Performing together, they will present “Discover the Radiance of the Equatorial Emerald” on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the downtown Spreckels Theatre (121 Broadway Street, San Diego, CA 92101). They will perform again on Friday, Oct. 3, from 3 pm to 5 pm, at UC San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium.
Both performances are free to the public, based on IIEC’s desire to give back to the community hosting its students during their study-abroad experience.
“We are so proud that the IIEC chose San Diego to make their American debut,” said Roxanne Nuhaily, director of Extension’s International Programs. “This is a rare opportunity for the San Diego community to experience a unique and exciting performance of Indonesian music and dance.”
An archipelago comprised of more than 17,000 islands with some 300 different ethnic groups, Indonesia has a multi-faceted cultural identity shaped by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European influences.
Both shows are presented free and open to the public. Seats are limited, so registration via Eventbrite is necessary.
Saturday, Sept. 27 evening show
Friday, Oct. 3 afternoon performance at UC San Diego