Ondel-Ondel Galau

What do you know about Ondel-Ondel? How much do you know about Betawi Culture?

If you have little or no idea about Betawi culture, don’t worry. I, myself, didn’t think much about it until I was caught in Jakarta’s traffic, when I saw a pair of exhausted ondel-ondel in worn-out costumes roaming on the streets, asking people for money. This embarrassing scene made me wonder and curious to know more about the ondel-ondel and Betawi culture.

Ondel-Ondel Galau is about a young girl, Vina, who lives a typical middle school life: going to school in the morning and heading back home in the afternoon. Worn out by the same routines every day, Vina took on a new challenge and joined her school’s traditional Betawi music club, where she plays violin. With this new activity, she makes new friends, faces new challenges, and exposing herself to her own native culture that she never knew before.

Join Vina to know more about Betawi Culture!

(Frances Caitlin Tirtaguna)

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