Ambon - Indonesia
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We are currently seeking events volunteers for Ambon Night 21 August 2014. Do you have what it takes to be a part of this awesome event?
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Ambon Students in Darwin
6 – 27 August 2013, Kormilda College hosted student Aldiron and Dwi and teacher Stephanie from SMA Negeri 5, our Sister School in Ambon. Our visitors from Ambon truly emerged themselves in school life at Kormilda as well as performing traditional Ambonese dances at Ambon Night and the Kormilda Celebration of Languages Evening. As is evidenced by the boys journal during their time in Darwin they had a great time, learnt a lot and made some great friends.
Another Successful Ambon Night
Council and the Indonesian Consulate hosted Ambon Night 15 August 2013 a celebration of Ambonese song, dance, food and hospitality. Guests had the opportunity to try on traditional dress and participate in Ambonese line dancing. The event provided a taste of Ambonese culture for the yachties about to set off on the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race. See photos here.
New Statues in Indonesian Garden
City of Darwin recently donated two wooden statues, carved in the traditional Maluku style, to the Indonesian Garden at Charles Darwin University (CDU). The statues were gifted to CDU in recognition of the Ambon Sister City relationship. See photos of the unveiling ceremony here. Visit the Indonesian Garden next to Orange 6 at CDU Casuarina Campus to see the statues.
Students Tatiana and Yudhi and teacher Feronica bid
Race goers, Indonesian enthusiasts and the Mayor of Ambon enjoyed a colourful display of Ambonese food, singing, dancing and culture at this years Ambon Night held 23 August 2012. Proceeding the departure of the
In its ongoing commitment to the
Lord Mayor, Ms Katrina Fong Lim, recently visited Ambon to attend celebrations to mark the 437th Anniversary of the City of
June 12 - 14 the City of
On the 11th of August 2011, Lord Mayor and the Ambon Sister City Community Committee hosted a reception for two visiting exchange students and teacher from SMA Negeri 5 School in Ambon. Council had been pursuing this exchange for a number of months, so we were delighted when it came to fruition. Sally (student), Mathilda (student) and Johanis (teacher) were generously hosted by Kormilda College where they participated in Darwin school life and improved their English skills. Click here to see photos from the reception. Read page four of Kormilda News to see an article about their visit to Kormilda.
Click here to see photos of our reception for visiting Ambonese exchange students in 2010.
Wonderful Maluku 2011, held 21 July 2011, was a celebration of Indonesian food and culture. Preceding the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race, the inagural event gave race goers and the Darwin community a sample of the food, dance, costume, singing and fashion of the Maluku region. Spectators watched fabulous traditional dancers and were serenaded by Indonesian Idol 2010 winner, Igo. Council's Ambon Sister City Community Committee invited legendary Ambonese musician Zeth Lekatompessy to Darwin especially for the event and his performance did not dissapoint. Wonderful Maluku was a fantastic example of sharing cultures and Council is proud to be a part of this event. Many thanks to the Indonesian Consulate for hosting the event. Click here to see photos of the event.
Background and History
The proximity of Indonesia to Darwin and the large Asian community in Darwin form the foundation of our affiliation. Three Indonesian cities were considered before Ambon was selected, Ambon, Kupang (now a Sister City to Palmerston, Darwin's neighbouring city) and Ujung-Pandang. The affiliation received great support from the Indonesian Consul, the Australian Ambassador in Jakarta, the Australian Indonesian Association in Darwin and the Darwin community.
The links between Darwin and Ambon date as far back as World War II and annual delegations have taken place to Ambon to commemorate ANZAC Day. Links were strengthened by the annual Darwin/Ambon International Yacht Race that ran with great success for many years resulting in close friendships between the two communities.
Successful programs between the two cities have included teacher and student exchanges, a librarian exchange achieved through a grant of $3,000 from the Rotary Club of Darwin North, a "Gifts for Neighbours Project" in cooperation with the Lioness Club of Casuarina, donations of books to the Ambon Public Library and the University Library transported without charge by Merpati Airlines and a grant of $5,872 from the Australian Indonesian Institute to help fund a visit by a cultural da