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I used to live as an expat and travel around the Middle East. After 10 years working in the Arabian Gulf I am now retired and living in the UK with my British husband but still retain my interests of further travels and exploring new horizons in Europe.

Models for the Fashion Show

This year fashion show will be a unique fashion show, not only about parading different clothes but also about the models, as they are special models. Last years’ models was mainly students who studied within Bristol areas; However, this years’ models are different.

Some of them are families, mother and their children or couples:

  • The Gustafsons:

Shally, is Mom, was born in Jakarta, she was a high flyer personnel in one of Indonesian television channel and used be a model and actress in some Indonesian movies and mini-series. But in 2011 when she married a Swedish man changed the course of her life, Yes, she continued worked as assistant director in a one of Indonesian television channels, but now she’s a trailing spouse of a Swedish expat who not only worked in Indonesia, Australia and now in Britain.

Marvin and Liam are the minors of the Gustafsons and they are very linguist children. Liam  is only 3 already speaks 3 different languanges:  English, Swedish and Norwegian plus understand Indonesian. However Marvin, only 2 years older than Liam bag more on his CV;  he spoke 4 different languages: Indonesia, English, Swedish and Norwegian and was a child model for famous Swedish brand in 2015.

  • Atha & Wening:
    After three years for an NGO in Indonesia, Atha used to worked in an NGO in Indonesia, is now is pursuing his master degree in International Development at University of Bristol. He is here in Bristol with  Wening and Ken.
  • Tubagus & Maesa Family
    Tubagus used to runs business in lifestyle, retail and logistic back in Indonesia, but now he is a a master student major in Public Policy in University of Bristol after LPDP grants him a full funded scholarship. Tubagus lives in Bristol with his wife, Maesa and their lovely Bristolian baby, Shavira, who was born only last December 2016.
  • Ahmad & Gendis Family
    When Ahmad was in Indonesia, he used to works at Indoneisan Audit Board but a scholarship from who granted scholarship from Indonesian Board of National Planning (SPIRIT) made him  moved to Bristol and go back to school for his master degree in Public Policy at University of Bristol. He lives in Bristol with his wife, Gendis and their daughters, Ameera and Maryam

However, there are other graduate students who’s here in Bristol just by themselves, on scholarship, their own mission or just a first grader on a primary school somewhere in Bristol. They are:

  • Zeni Rofiqoh graduated from Semarang State University in 2015, she is in the UK to take her master degree in mathematics education since  2016.
  • Anggi Anggara, is on scholarship from LPDP, she is  majoring mathematics education att University of Bristol. She comes from West Sumatera, Indonesia.
  • Caroline Widagdo graduated from University of Indonesia, she used to work for the British Chamber of Commerce in Jakarta, Indonesia, before she moved to Bristol to take her Master Degree in Development and Security at University of Bristol. Caroline love traveling and cooking…
  • Putri Atikasari used to work for International NGO in environment and forestry before she arrived in Bristol for her Master degree. During the climate change conference in Paris in 2015, Putri and her team successfully launch a national carbon accounting system which adopted by Indonesia.
  • Nadira Titalia is currently a business graduate student at University of Bristol. However before she ends up in Bristol CV was outstanding; she was a PR for the National Oil and Gas company, she was also an ex US-Indonesia student exchange programme, and then in 2013 she was Top 10 finalist in Miss Indonesia 2013 competition and named as Miss Favorite Online . The later experience, made here the professional on walking on a catwalk at BIS festival.
  • Teguh Priyanto and Trianti Anti are both Master students at University of Bristol majoring in Public Policy and they both got grants to study in the UK from from Indonesian Board of National Planning (SPIRIT). However, once they are back in Indonesia, they both has different job to go back to.
  • Medina was probably the most senior person in term of performing for Indonesian Festival in Bristol, and yet she is only at year 1  Two Mile Mile Primary School. In 2016, together with some girls, joined in Putri Nusantara Dancing club where they performed a traditional Acehnese dance at BIS event.

 

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The New BRISIK

“BRISIK“, which literally means “noisy”, is a Bristol-based minimalist band,  founded in early 2016.  Recently, the band members are Ekky Imanjaya (guitar/backing vocal), Putu Suwarta (bass),  Eberta Sulistyaningrum  and  Erlangga Agustino Landiyanto. This is the second time they will have a gig at BIS event. This time, they will play a jazzy Indonesian songs.

About the member:

Ekky and Putu are the remaining member of the band as there are two new comers and especially the new vocalist, Berta.About the members:

Ekky Imanjaya (guitar) is currently a PhD student in Film Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich.   He is also a lecturer at Film Department, Bina Nusantara University , Jakarta. He was born in Jakarta from mixed-race parents (Javanese, Bugis, Lampung).
Favorite musician:   Iwan Fals, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, Coldplay,  Efek Rumah Kaca, Payung Teduh.
Email: eimanjaya@yahoo.com

Putu Suwarta  (bass) is a Yogyakarta-born Balinese. He is a researcher at University of Bristol, focusing on Aerospace Engineering.  He got his bachelor degree from University of  Gadjah Mada and his master degree from Chalmers University of Technology.
Favorite musician: Gigi,  U2, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers,  PAS, Mr. Big.
Email: proedish@gmail.com

Eberta Sulistyaningrum (vocal) is a student at University of the West of England, majoring Illustration. She was born from mixed parents  Pontianak – Madiun.
Favorite musician: Of Monsters and Men, Carpenters, Daughter, Yuck, Beach Fossils, the Trees and the Wild, Chrisye, Stars and Rabbit.
Email : berta199496@gmail.com

Erlangga Agustino Landiyanto (guitar) was born in Surabaya. He is currently a PhD student in Social Policy at University of Bristol.
Email: Erlanggaagustino@yahoo.com
Favorite musician: Dewa 19, Padi.

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Astrid Ediati and Britha Fashion Studio

Astrid Ediati is one of the designer from Britha Fashion Studio.

As the theme of Bristol Indonesian Society (BIS) festival this year is “Wonderful Indonesia”, we are featuring other aspect of  Indonesia. This time is about the haute couture  of modern Indonesian fashion using batik (traditional or modern pattern) and lurik pattern as the base of the design and to create a ready to use unique yet elegant design.

Astrid herself will not be in the event, but her clothes were shipped especially for the fashion show at the Wonderful Indonesia Festival.

Though Britha Fashion studio originated in small town in Central Java: Klaten but she is not a stranger to international exhibitions. Her latest international fashion show includes a Wonderful Indonesia event in Doha Qatar

Collection of fashion designed by Astrid Ediati from Britha Fashion Studio

There will not be any counter for Astrid’s clothing collection, but at this event, we get the chance to see her talented design parade.

However, you can follow her online existence  are on:

Facebook Page : Britha Fashion Studio for more information: https://www.facebook.com/BrithaFashion/

or on Instagram where you can see the latest design: https://www.instagram.com/brithafashion/

 

 

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Novel Damanik

Balinese Dance and Javanese Dance with gamelan music is ‘almost’ normal to be seen when you learn about Indonesia, as these are the Indonesian culture that most people know. However, Indonesia is not about Bali and Java, it’s about other islands with their own unique culture and dance. Last year we had Bunga Nusantara Dance Group performing several dances representing different dances from different islands. This time we were lucky to have Novel Damanik, who will performed Bataknese Dance solo.

Novel Damanik love to dance, especially Batak Dance, she used to performed in traditional Batak weddings. Now, for the last 2 years she’s been living in the UK, she needs an outlet of her dancing hobby.

So if you would like to see how Batak Dance is performed, she will be there on our Wonderful Indonesia Festival on the 29th of April 2017.

 

Performing at The 2017 Event

Whenever BIS (the Bristol Indonesian Society) organised a festival, we are not only selling food and its not only about Indonesian Food Festival. This year the theme is “Wonderful Indonesia” which we try to encourage people to go to Indonesia and see how wonderful Indonesia is. Thus in this year’s festival – as usual – we are also exhibiting Indonesian song and dances.

There are some returning performers who performed last year:

However there are many other performers who are eager to show off their talents as well as introducing different type of Indonesian culture other that we have seen last year.

They are:

All those performers will take turns during the festival. So if you are interested you should be prepared to be there all the long, as this festival not only showing off the food but also the culture, traditional song, traditional dances etc.

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Indo-Cymru

There are a lot of Indonesian students in the UK and all of them belongs to the Indonesian Students Association or PPI (Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia). There are a few dozens PPI branches across UK. One of them is PPI Wales, closest neighbour to Bristol. For this is they are  happy to participate in this year’s BIS’ events:  Wonderful Indonesia.

They started with Aldimas, Mailendra, Ima and Chiyar who then invited Rizki to hang around and jam together in a group. Rizki then become initiate the name of the  music group as Budjang Lapoek. The name was used between 2013 to 2014.

As the students come and go, the personnel were the same; some stay and some go.  The band was also on and off, till 2015/2016 where they performed in the launching of Indosoc. It was the same year they form a WhatsApp group and  officially their name become  PPIWales Band; or you can call them Indo-Cymru.

Today, member of the band consist of:  Baskoro, Dani Julian, Furqon, Nadhira, and Bang Ian as the vocal.
Elda, Furqon, Rizki, bang Ian on guitar.
Nano,and Kurnia on Bass
Ledwin on Keyboard
Ledwin and Dion on Ukulele
Dion and Bang Ian on Percussion
Ledwin on Harmonica

However, as they are students (which is their day job), when they performed the personnel may not always the same; the band could still perform with who ever available on the day, as each of them are very talented musician and can complement each other with different instrument as necessary.

Unlike many participant who showing off their cooking talents, these students will show off their musical talent.  BIS is honoured to have PPI Wales or Indo-Cymru to performing on our event.

 

 

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