Yesterday, I had the chance to attend the fourth annual New England Indonesian Festival in Copley Square, Boston. The first one was held back in the fall of 2013 and it was the first Indonesian cultural festival held in the Greater Boston area. Thousands of people attended and hundreds of people performed. The festival was put together by the Massachusetts chapter of PERMIAS (Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesia Seluruh Amerika Serikat), an organization that brings together Indonesian college students in the United States.
Indonesian students from Northeastern University, Boston University, Tufts University, Boston College, Suffolk University and several others, came together this year to share their cultural arts, live performances, and food with everyone once again. “We are raising awareness about Indonesian culture,” said Edith Kusumawan, a student volunteer from Boston University. Kusumawan enthusiastically expressed her desire to help people understand where she comes from.
Director of Operations of PERMIAS and a student at UMass Boston, Archy Putra, said, “the best part is when my team comes together and shows so much love.” Putra has contributed to the Indofest since 2014 and he is in charge of getting all the permits necessary to host the festival each year. He loves watching all the students from the area collaborate to educate others on their background. Other than the food, Putra claims it is about the “solidarity.” “We unite as one,” he said.