Our very last performance was a grand affair in Palangka Raya. Once again we were met with the threat of rain, with torrential storms the night before and flooding throughout Palangka Raya. We held everything back and commenced bump in at the very last minute under grey skies, but we were blessed – it subsided at just the right time.
It was another wonderful final performance, against the grand aspect of Tugu Soekarno. There was a big turn out of artists and locals wanting to get involved. We were lucky to have many fantastic musicians and supporting traditional dancers from Sangaar Seni Dan Budaya Tunjung Nyaho, as well as the awesome gang from Hornbill in Flight. To top it off we had a whopping 90 children arrive to participate and they were all real stars, delighting us with their parade and performance.
We also hosted a number of special guests including the Head of Tourism from Palangka Raya city council and a representative from the Australian Embassy, Dr Bradley Armstrong. Along with another enthusiastic crowd of over a hundred people, we were honoured to share this final performance.
Our gorgeous orangutan Fitri did a stellar performance, terrorising our important guests, throwing litter and spraying a water gun! As usual she was a crowd favourite, adding a bit of comedy to an otherwise serious but beautiful mesage.
And that’s a wrap! As we packed down for the last time, we all felt that warm and fuzzy feeling. We had built an amazing team, and created something truly wonderful together. Now as we sort bath in the afterglow, we can’t help but begin to hatch schemes of a possible “next time” in Kalimantan.