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More than 35 paper lanterns were made by Flinders students, staff and extended Indonesian community for Sunday’s Moon Lantern Festival.

A giant Flinders moon lantern will feature at the annual Moon Lantern Parade in Adelaide this weekend.

The large mascot lantern will lead more than 35 different paper lanterns made at a Flinders Jembatan workshop earlier this month for the parade from the Adelaide Festival Centre to Elder Park on Sunday.

This year’s OzAsia Moon Lantern Festival commences at 4pm, with the 7pm parade one of Australia’s largest lantern parade celebrations.

As part of the University’s annual sponsorship, Flinders Jembatan is also involved in several other events at the 2015 OzAsia Festival, which runs from 24 September to 4 October.

As part of the OzAsia Festival’s forum series, there will be a discussion of Islam and diversity in contemporary Indonesia at 3pm tomorrow, Saturday 26 September, in the Rehearsal Room of the Festival Centre.

The panel, moderated by Flinders Jembatan Academic Director Dr Priyambudi Sulistiyanto, will examine contemporary issues affecting the relationship between Islam and diversity in Indonesia.

Jembatan – ‘bridge’ in Indonesian is a Flinders University 50th anniversary initiative that promotes engagement between the Australian community and modern Indonesian society through increased understanding of Indonesian culture and language.

It aims to educate both the Australian public and Indonesian community living in Australia about the achievements of and obstacles to Indonesia’s new democracy. It will bring together Indonesian and Australian speakers to exchange their insights and reflections into Islam and diversity in Indonesia.

Other participants are: Professor Tim Lindsey, Chairman of Australia Indonesia Institute; Ms F Firdaus, Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Flinders; Dr Nadirsyah Hosen from the Faculty of Law, Monash University; Ms Ayu Arman, Jakarta-based writer covering areas including gender and Islam; and Mr Satria Akbar, arts and cultural expert from West Java.

Indonesia takes centre stage at this year’s OzAsia Festival, with a full program of performers and artists from across the archipelago. To see the full program and to book tickets, please visit the OzAsia website.

Flinders University is also supporting this year’s Indofest, which will include an Indonesian Cultural and Culinary Festival along North Tce, Adelaide on Monday, 5 October.

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