Indonesian Folklore and History in Singapore: Nilanka, The Musical (in english)

PINTU & ICN present a retelling the Batak folklore ‘Dayang Bandir and Sandean Raja’, Nilanka chronicles the characters’ intertwined journey in fighting for their own purpose.
The musical showcases the aftermath of a civil war in the late nineteenth century that saw the emergence of various family groups of the Batak tribe in North Sumatra.


“PINTU is short for Pelajar Indonesia NTU or Indonesian Student NTU, an organization which consist of Indonesian students currently studying in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – Singapore. The membership covers all students pursuing a bachelor’s or post graduate degree. PINTU was established on August 17, 2002″

“ICN Cultural Production is an annual musical theatre production that brings a new perspective on Indonesian folklore and history to the Singapore community”

To book tickets and find out more about the musical/cast go to the event’s main page:

To view the 2020 Title Release go the ICN musical got to:


Hasea, Played by Michelle Doreen Surja

Arta, Played by Abhirama Radhitya Sant

Drama Centre Theatre
National Library Building Level 3
100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064
Saturday, 8 February 2020
2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Chile’s Heritage on Tour!

H.E. James Sinclair

Ambassador of Chile to Singapore

cordially invites to

the official opening of the “Chile’s Heritage on Tour” Exhibition

Guest of Honour Ms Grace Fu

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth

Date: Thursday, 30 May 2019

Time: 18:00 – 20:00 hrs

Venue: Green Pavilion, Botanic Gardens

Dress Code: Business Attire

Please RSVP by Wednesday, 29 May to




Fascinating and entertaining insights into Finnish cinema this month when the 2nd Finnish Film Festival starts from 11th to 21st Oct 2018. To see the film programme, video highlights and buy tickets click here.

Legally Blonde – The Musical (ends 27th May 2018)

An interesting watch for high schoolers, law students and those seeking to enjoy a light evening out. “Legally Blonde – The Musical” from New York has a freshness and teenage feel to it.

Maris Fernandes who plays the lead character Elle Woods did justice to her role and the other supporting cast also managed to put up a fun show. The plot centered around how Elle Woods goes to great lengths to win back her boyfriend Warner including following him all the way to Harvard Law School, where her ‘blonde looks’ are seen at odds with the surroundings and other students.

While she is challenged, she is seen creating her space despite her persona looking at odds to the Harvard vibe.

Flurry of colours, great music and dance keeps the audience engaged. It is in Singapore for a short run from 10th – 27th May 2018, it’s an interesting fun watch.
For tickets click here.

Brazilian Food Masterclass Kicks off Hotel Fullerton Promotion

Brazilian Food Masterclass Kicks off Hotel Fullerton Promotion

MRS Rosa Maria Campos Damico, the wife of the Brazilian Ambassador in Singapore, HE Flavio Soares Damico, welcomed Chef Paulo Machado on 5 April 2018 at the Fullerton Hotel where he conducted a MasterClass for several diplomats’ wives. He shared many interesting insights on South American cuisine as well as how to cook some Brazilian dishes: Caldinho de Feijao and Moqueca as well as a the romantically inspired guava-based dessert called Romeu E Julieta.

He was brought to Singapore by the Brazilian Embassy and The Fullerton Hotel to kick off Fullerton’s More Than Just Acai and Churrasco Brazilian food promotion from 9 to 15 April 2018. According to The Fullerton, Brazilian food has been riding the wave as the next big thing and Chef Paulo, who is also the owner of the Brazilian Food Research and member of the Slow Food Movement showed the ladies why his native ingredients are shaking up the cuisine scene.

The wives of the heads of misisons from Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Turkey and Ukraine along with members of the media received cooking tips by the articulate chef (he was first trained as a lawyer).

To taste for yourself these new food sensations Fullerton offers dinner buffets at its Town Restaurant before culminating in a superfoods brunch on Sunday, 15 April 2018.

Exclusive Cooking Class
Chef Paulo is also holding an Exclusive Cooking Class at Fullerton’s The Lighthouse Restaurant on Saturday, 14 April 2018 that is inclusive of a three-course lunch (from
11am to 2pm.

For more details on all of the above click here.

For a short video clip message from Chef Paulo Machado click here

DCC News A Fond Farewell to Good Friends and Colleagues

DCC News A Fond Farewell to Good Friends and Colleagues

(From l to r): The Ambassadors and their spouses: His Excellencies Thomas Kupfer (Switzerland), Nguyen Tien Minh (Vietnam), Dean Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz (Poland) and Manuel Gerardo Talavera Espinar (Peru)

Diplomatic and Consular Corps (DCC) bid goobye to Swiss, Peruvian and Vietnamese Ambassadors

A Farewell Dinner was organised by the Diplomatic and Consular Corps (DCC) in Singapore to honour HE Thomas Kupfer, Ambassador of Switzerland, HE Manuel Gerardo Talavera Espinar, Ambassador of the Republic of Peru and HE Nguyen Tien Minh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on 19th March 2018 at the Fullerton Hotel Ballroom. The DCC’s Dean and Ambassador of Poland, Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz, paid tributes to the three who will be transfered out to other country assignments as they complete their tours of duty here. Each of the three Ambassadors in turn also paid affectionate tribute to the invaluable help they have received from their wives in discharging their duties here and proferred sincere thanks and appreciation for the friendships they have developed with fellow members of the DCC in Singapore.

To view online or download more photos of the event click here.



A Happy Easter from Russia

A Happy Easter from Russia

Natalia Tatarinova, the Russian Ambassador’s wife shares some Russian Easter traditions

EASTER is round the corner and as we ready ourselves for a break this coming long weekend, Mrs Natalia Tatarinova, wife of Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Singapore, HE Andrey Tatarinov will have a few more additions to her Easter eggs and postcards collection. She shared how, “In Russia we don’t only hard boil eggs and decorate them in order to exchange with each other on Easter day but we also buy a new decorative egg every year. Most of them are wooden and then hand painted. Some artists take a wooden egg and then weave it over with multi-coloured beads. There are porcelain eggs too!” She also shares some photos of her collection here. Singaporeans were able to get some insights on Easter egg collections last year when there was a Belgium exhibition of Faberge and international eggs at Singapore’s Philatelic Museum.

The Ambassadior’s wife also imparted another tradition related to Easter in Russia: “As for Russian Easter tea, we bake a very rich cake once a year only. The process takes 4 to 5 hours. There are simpler cakes and cookies that can be done quickly. For example, on special occasions we make blini (pancakes) and spread them with jam, whipped cream, boiled condensed milk etc to make a tower. They are very tasty and looks beautiful! One of the photos here shows the Easter cake. We put icing on top and serve with special spread. Two letters written on the cake and postcards – XB – means “Christ resurrected” in Russian. On Easter morning we greet each other with these words. The response from the other person is “Resurrected indeed”. Then we kiss each other three times and exchange eggs.”

ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meet in Singapore

ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meet in Singapore

ASEAN Foreign Ministers (from l to r): Saleumxay Kommasith (Lao PDR), Kyaw Tin (Myanmar), Anifah Aman (Malaysia), Alan Peter Cayetano (Philippines), Pham Binh Minh (Viet Nam), Vivian Balakrishnan (Singapore), Don Pramudwinai (Thailand), Erywan Yusof (Brunei Darussalam), Prak Sokhonn (Cambodia), Retno Marsudi (Indonesia), and ASEAN Secretary-GeneralLim Jock Hoi. Photo: Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Briefings and support for long term gains for the region

ASEAN Chair for 2018, Singapore set up the first ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat held in February in the island-nation. A press release on the event stated that there were fruitful discussions on ASEAN’s priorities for the year ahead. Singapore also in a brief shared with the gathering of the foreign ministers the initiatives under its Chairmanship theme of ‘Resilience’ and ‘Innovation’. In their turn the Ministers expressed their support for ASEAN to articulate its strategic vision amidst the changing geostrategic environment, while remaining committed to the purposes and principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter and the TAC, as well to the realisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

The Ministers were in agreement on the need for ASEAN Member States to make use of innovation and technology to improve the lives of their people. They also expressed their support for Singapore’s proposal to create an ASEAN Smart Cities Network.

On receiving a briefing from Myanmar on the humanitarian situation in Rakhine State, the Ministers expressed their continued support for Myanmar’s humanitarian relief programme in Rakhine State and welcomed the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre)’s ongoing work with the Myanmar Government-led mechanism to deliver humanitarian assistance to all displaced persons without discrimination. The Minsiters went on to welcome the Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State between Myanmar and Bangladesh signed on 23 November 2017.

During the confabulations at The Retreat the attending foreign ministers reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea and recognised the benefits of having the South China Sea as a sea of peace, stability and prosperity.  They were all in accord when reinforcing the importance of the full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in its entirety.

Regarding the situation in the Korean Peninsula, the ministers welcomed the resumption of inter-Korean talks, which they were hopeful would create favourable conditions for further dialogue on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula; they also strongly urged the DPRK to immediately and fully comply with its obligations under all relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. The Foreign Minsiters also reiterated their support for the complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner, called for the exercise of self-restraint, and underscored the importance of creating conditions conducive for constructive dialogue to de-escalate tensions.

To read the full statement by the Chairman of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat, Singapore, 6 February 2018. click here.

Opening Night of Smash the Glass Film Festival – 1st March

Opening Night of Smash the Glass Film Festival – 1st March

Invitation from the High Commission of Canada:

Opening Night of Smash the Glass Film Festival
March 1 at 7:00 pm

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the High Commission of Canada in Singapore cordially invites you to the Opening Night of the Smash the Glass Film Festival at The Fullerton Hotel, March 1 at 7:00pm. This event includes a reception, screening of the film Driving with Selvi, and a post-screening discussion with Director Elisa Paloschi, and the film’s protagonist – Selvi.

Opening Night Film Synopsis
Driving with Selvi is an inspirational film about South India’s first female taxi driver. Selvi is a child bride in a violent marriage. One day she escapes, and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver. This is the ten year journey of a charming, strong, and courageous young woman who defies all expectations, moving beyond the pain she’s experienced to create a new life.

Along with the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore and the Singapore Committee for UN Women, we are pleased to present the Smash the Glass Film Festival from March 1 – 29, 2018 to showcase and celebrate women’s stories from around the world. Through a series of screenings every Thursday in March, audiences in Singapore will have the chance to view films from Canada, the EU and Singapore that explore themes of empowering women. For more information about the festival, please visit our Facebook page.

We very much hope to see you at the Opening Night of the Smash the Glass Film Festival. As tickets are limited, we would appreciate it if you could RSVP byThursday February 15, 2018 to

The Peak Inaugural Diplomatic Ball

The Peak Inaugural Diplomatic Ball

THE PEAK celebrated an evening of cross cultural sharing with the attendance of over 80 ambassadors, high commissioners, senior consular personnel and their partners dressed in their national costumes and key corporate business leaders, at the Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore on 18 January 2018.

This event was co-organized and graced by His Excellency Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland of Singapore and Dean of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps Singapore.

Highlight of the event was a Polonaise ceremonial dance that engaged some of the 220 attendees of the night within the ballroom. The ball raised more than $31,000 for MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) Fund.

This inaugural event was presented by Shangri-la Hotel Singapore and made possible by the collaboration with AmericanExpress, Audi and Inter-Parfums Singapore– Montblanc.

Floral centrepieces by JM Floral Creation and Photo Prints by PrintLab.

Coffee Morning Sessions

Coffee Morning Sessions

The wives of Singapore’s diplomatic corps congregated at the home of the Indonesian Ambassador in Singapore for their monthly Coffee Morning sessions. Hosted by Ibu Mahaswi Swajaya wife of Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya, the ladies were treated to a slice of Indonesian cultural life when Ibu Swi taught them some Javanese dance steps and traditional food  on 18th January 2018.

(Photo Credit: Dharma Wanita Persatuan DWP KBRI Singapura Facebook Page)


Ambassadors’ Cup 2017

Ambassadors’ Cup 2017

Support for Outreach Programme

In the run up to this year’s 18th Ambassador’s Cup on 11th November 2017 members of Singapore’s diplomatic community came out in full force to participate in a charity drive that featured nice music, good food and drinks as well as an auction of beautiful jewellery and artwork donated by staff, diplomats and artists here. Proceeds went towards supporting the Singapore Sailing Club community outreach programe for youths. The lucky draw was a hit too with music by the Fullerton Hotel’s Post Bar band who also had some help from singers from Chile and Brazil. Click here to view or download more photos of the event.

Foreign Affairs Cup: Fought with Heart & Passion!

Foreign Affairs Cup: Fought with Heart & Passion!

Diplomats and MFA group photo

On the Saturday of 28th October 2017, four diplomatic corp teams showed up each led by: Ambassador Tumur Lkhagvadorj (Mongolia), Ambassador Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz (Poland), Ambassador Nathan Wolf (Mexico) and Ambassador Andy Detaille (Belgium) led what was affectionately called the Kazkastan.

Dean of DCCS and Ambassador of Poland Kosiniak-Kamysz presenting the cup to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs team.

The Mongolia team was made up of diplomats from: Mongolia, Israel, Timor-Leste, Poland and the USA. The Polish team was made up of diplomats from the Polish and French Embassies while the Mexico-led team had diplomats from all over Latin America including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The Kazkastan included Kazkastan, Russia and Belgium.

The tournament followed the standard FIFA Futsal rules for a Round Robin game and would be scored on a point percentage. All five teams played against each other once, and in the end the team with the best point percentage would be the winner.

Last year the final game was played between the EU team led by Ambassador Michael Pulch against the team from MFA. This year, MFA came out on top with a total of eight points. We would like to congratulate the Team Captain, Mohamed Firdaus and all his teammates: Mohamed Fazuddin, Joash Chong, Nicholas Zheng, Teo Tze Ern, Edgar Pang, Hafizan Ishak and See Chong.

Second place was a point tie of seven between Mexico and Kazakhstan. The goal differential of 6 in favor and 2 against for Mexico, versus 6 in favor 3 against for Kazakhstan, put Mexico in second place and Kazakhstan in third.

It was a great effort by all those present, a special thank you to the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Ambassador Kosiniak-Kamysz and his PA Jagoda Takahashi for putting this together and making the second edition of the Foreign Affairs Football Cup a reality.  Stay tuned for 2018!

(10 Dec)

RISING 50 FUN RUN To mark the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations of Indonesia and Singapore, the Indonesian Embassy here with Havelocity is organising the Fun Run with musical performances and food bazaar at the finish line.. All are welcome to register @ S$35 per person. Each successful registration (non-Indonesian) will be awarded a return Ferry Fare Singapore – Batam plus a Massage Package! To register visit:

(25 Nov)

ST ANDREWS BALL 2017 at the Shangrila Singapore celebrates the patron saint of Scotland with a seven-course feast, freeflowing drinks, the Ghurka Pipes and Drums, and dancing until the wee small hours to a live band. It’s black tie, ball gowns and a touch of tartan.
For more info: or

(2 Dec)

TUX FOR TAILS INAUGURAL GALA is a benefit gala to raise funds for the SPCA which happens to be the only facility offer free healthcare to needy animals. This is limited to basic treatments and a small capacity. Funds raised will go towards its new clinic at Sungei Tengah. Click here for more info.

(24 Nov – 16 Dec)

A hilarious take on the Chinese classic opera Madam White Snake but in English. It promises to be “full of heart, humour and home truths.” This is also the first time, after 30 years, Singaporean Glen Goei returns to the stage in the title role.Tickets available online at SISTIC.

(24 Nov)

HIGH TEA AND HIGH HEELS AT ST REGIS is organised by Sun Media the publisher of IN Diplomacy among several other titles that include IndoConnect Magazine for the Indonesian diaspora in Singapore. This fashion show combines the design talents of Singapore jeweller Caratell and Indonesian fashion house NES by Helen Dewi Kirana. A portion of the purchases of the fashion items and cost of tickets (S$150 per guest) also go to a charitable cause. Call Irvina at (65) 97917704.

(15 & 16 Nov 2017)

FINTECH 2017 will have its Keynote Address delivered by Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of India. He would also deliver the keynote address at the 16TH ASIA PACIFIC SUMMIT on 16 November 2017. The Asia Pacific Summit is an annual meet of global financial institutions being organised by Morgan Stanley. For more information on the Fintech event (on till 17 November 2017) visit: