ICCE 2016: Exploring Aceh’s Culture to Foster Sustainable Development

Conference and Exhibition of Material Arts of Aceh
Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 September / All day

Location: Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Building 68/Performing Art Building, Wellington Road, Clayton Campus, Monash University VIC 3800

Exhibition of Mahdi Abdullah Paintings and Acehnese Film Showings
Friday 16 – Thursday 29 September

Location: MADA Gallery, and MADA Gallery Theatre, Building G/Art Design and Architecture Building, Ground Floor, Room G1.04 at Caulfield Campus, Monash University

The Conference addressed Aceh’s achievements and critically important issues for the future of Aceh. Invited addresses and other papers on the issues, history, arts, and culture were presented by some of the leading thinkers on Aceh and the region. Australian and Indonesian citizens, academics, students, journalists, and members of Acehnese communities in Australia engaged in frank discussions of the issues and possible resolutions to them in Aceh itself.

Concert and Exhibition: A Concert Piyasan Aceh (“Rejoicing in the Arts of Aceh”) was presented during the conference by Syiah Kuala University’s Centre for the Arts, featuring music and dances of the Acehnese, Gayo and Malay-Acehnese traditions. It included the master seudati song-dance leader Hasan Basri from Aceh’s west coast, the master sikambang singer Anhar Sitanggang from Aceh’s Banyak Archipelago, the saman Gayo song dance and other traditional performances.

The Exhibition Keuneubah Indatu (“Aceh’s Cultural Heritage”) of musical instruments, textiles, wedding ornaments, costumes, miniature houses and other material arts of Aceh was presented in the Foyer of the Music Auditorium, Performing Arts Building 68.

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