Indonesia Night 2019 Highlights

8 February 2019

A great week in Davos for the World Economic Forum is made even better with a night showcasing the best of Indonesia.  

Staged annually at the Garden Hall of Morosani Schweizerhof Hotel, the ninth Indonesia Night was a highly anticipated and well-attended event at the World Economic Forum 2019 Annual Meetings in Davos, Switzerland, hosting an unprecedented turnout.  

As with previous years, the flagship event saw strong support from the Indonesian government and the business community. Mr. Thomas Lembong, Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, as well as His Excellency Ambassador Hasan Kleib, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, WTO, and Other International Organisations, opened the evening alongside other guests of honour. 

Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, gracing the ninth Indonesia Night event.

The event was also graced by Mr. Luhut Panjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Mr. Airlangga Hartarto, Minister of Industry, and Mr. Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Information Technology

We were also thrilled to be able to hear from Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, who made a special appearance later in the evening.  

Before the night began, guests were greeted by a visual treat as our dancers dressed in carnival costumes paraded throughout the reception area, providing a rare photo opportunity for many. The dancers also performed the Jaran Goyang on stage, a dance routinely held in various Banyuwangi arts and cultural events.  

What’s a night showcasing the best of Indonesia without its food? Guests this year were offered the best of two worlds – a delectable continental buffet prepared by Morosani Schweizerhof Hotel, and the much loved Indonesian spread from celebrated restaurant Bunga Rampai. The mouthwatering menu included Soto Betawi, a hearty beef soup from Jakarta; Javanese galanggal fried chicken, Beef Rendang and juicy Manadonese grilled prawns. Top it off with fragrant ginger tea and sweet local desserts and you’re transported to the heart of Indonesia. Our guest speaker Professor Dr. Rachmat Witoelar, Special Envoy to the Office of the President of the Republic of Indonesia for Climate Change, and Former Minister of Environment, spent a few minutes to share with the room how the Andaliman spice is central to Indonesian cuisine. Fittingly, the fragrant spice was also on display together with the buffet.  

Throughout the night, the air was filled with soothing tones of Gamelan music from 1 2 3 Musique, an ensemble group from Sion. The Gamelan group, as part of a collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Switzerland, promotes Indonesian arts through music, dance, design and more, and travelled to Davos to perform specially for us.  

The feast for the senses continued with the display of beautiful Balinese decoration provided by Dewan Kerajinan Nasional (or Dekranasda) in Gianyar, which has recently been proposed as a World Craft City. Intricate wayang kulit and traditional masks offered guests a glimpse into the artist haven that is Ubud, Bali.  Read more about the Balinese Decorations on display.

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