The Talk of The Town

Reception to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesian and the 65th anniversary of Indonesia-Russian diplomatic relations.

More than 300 guests attended this lavish evening at the at the Four Seasons Hotel, Moscow on September 17, 2015.

The ballroom of the hotel was packed out with guests ranging from Russian government officials and diplomatic circles, to community leaders, employers, the media and tour operators. The event was also enlivened by Indonesian artists and cultural art groups. Acting as the Guest of Honor of the event was Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Igor Margulov.

Prior to the opening of the event, the audience took a glance at dozens of documentary photos depicting history of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Russian, panoramic photos of Indonesia taken by Russian photographer Sergey Kovalchuk, a collection of batik fabric belonged to Women’s Association of the Indonesian Embassy and a demonstration of weaving of traditional Tanimbarese scarf by Mrs. Everarda Belay, from Maluku islands, Indonesia.

As the evening got under way, Indonesia’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation Djauhari Oratmangun and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Margulov took the stage. Both officials expressed mutual appreciation and hope for the improvement of cooperation and friendship between the two peoples and countries in the coming years. After toasting, the two officials put their signatures on posters commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Indonesia – Russia. They then performed a yellow rice cone-cutting ceremony together with ambassadors of ASEAN countries in Moscow as well as other officials on the stage.

After the opening ceremony, the entire audience feasted on a variety of Indonesian food, such as fried rice, fried noodles, spekkoek cake, spring rolls as well as other local delicacies. On stage, Indonesian dancers provided a highly unusual (for the European audience), and fascinating sequence of Asean dances and songs, culminating in a highly emotional rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’ by the stunning Lea Simanjuntak, which had some of us in tears.