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Not a weekend goes by in Melbourne without a cultural festival to celebrate. Festival Indonesia explodes into vibrant colour, with entertainment and, of course, fabulous food, at Federation Square on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th of October.
The largest Indonesian cultural fair in the country, it attracts both traditional and contemporary, colourful performers, including leading dance groups, singers, theatrical groups and martial artists.
There'll be plenty of entertainment, games for the kids, street performers and workshops. You might even like to try your hand at making one of Indonesia's most highly-developed art forms, batik.
As well as all the fun of the Indonesian fair, the Trade and Tourism Exhibition, featuring more than twenty stalls, offers both the public and business sectors an opportunity to explore and buy Indonesian services and products - like fashion items, jewellery, handicrafts and furniture - at budget-friendly prices.
If you've got the travel bug (and who in their right mind wouldn't), you can also find out more about exotic Indonesia's best travel destinations.
There will be authentic Indonesian food galore at the Food Bazaar, brimming with reasonably-priced, traditional cuisine – like satay, gado-gado, rendang and more – along with an enticing array of sweets.
For the first time in its 6-year history, the two-day gala event will be enhanced by a series of events leading up to the main festival. While some have passed, you can certainly keep an eye out for them next year, or perhaps book a ticket to Indonesia Night this Friday at Federation Square's BMW Edge, a one-off show highlighting Indonesia's ancient traditions.