As Asian Heritage Month gets under way this week in Kelowna, a new group that is sure to delight and entertain is a group of exchange students from Indonesia under the leadership of the International Islamic Education Council (IIEC).
For the last decade, the IIEC has formed educational partnerships with institutions around the world, allowing students the opportunity to experience cross-cultural interactions and expose them to International cultures in Canada, New Zealand and Jordan. This year, 270 students from Indonesia took part in the exchange program in Canada.
Hosted by families in the region, the Indonesian students are celebrating their 6-week intercultural exchange program by presenting a large-scale Cultural Festival in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vancouver as a sign of appreciation for the Canadian hospitality. In addition to serving as a symbol of deepest appreciation, the festival is designed to introduce the international community to the beauty and diversity of the Indonesian culture. The presentation is offered as an extension of friendship between the people of Indonesia and the people of Canada and features traditional Indonesian artistic expressions.
This year’s theme for the Indonesian Cultural Festival is “Discover the Shines of the Equatorial Emerald”. Known as the Equatorial Emerald, Indonesia is the world’s largest island nation characterized by its stunning, lush, green, landscape located right on the line of the equator.