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EM’s Southeast Asia Crew Travels East

by Enrico Aditjondro

Following the annual team meeting, EngageMedia video activists will be visiting Australia’s East Coast in March. If you are based in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney or Newcastle and would like to hear more about our projects or discuss possible collaborations, please contact us.

2011 Tour Schedule

In Melbourne, the complete EM squad will walk from its Fitzroy office on Napier St to Gertrude’s Brown Couch to chat with friends and collaborators.

When: Friday 4 March / 6 – 7.30 pm

Where: Gertrude’s Brown Couch, 30 – 32 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

In Mulubinba (Newcastle), EM collaborates with Kanuguba ( in inviting Novocastrians to watch films, share stories on video activism, open licensing in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and asking for your participation in making videos as the tool for change.

When: Thursday 10 March / 7.30 – 9 pm

Where Renew Newcastle HQ, 3 Morgan St Newcastle

Contact: Jude Conway – 0409-193242

In Sydney, EM collaborates with the Indonesian Solidarity forum in screening and chatting at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

When: Wednesday 9 March / 3 – 5 pm

Where: Civil Engineering 701, University of NSW, Kensington

In Canberra, EngageMedia will be visiting the ANU

When: Friday 11 March, 12.30 pm – 2 pm

Where: Hedley Bull Seminar Room 1.04, Australian National University

Screeners and Speakers

Enrico Aditjondro has lived and worked in Indonesia, West Papua, the US, Australia and Timor Leste. He started his journalism career in 1998 when he joined THE MARITIME WORKERS’ JOURNAL in Sydney, reporting on labour issues and shipping industry. Seeking for more excitement, he moved to Jakarta and joined the Southeast Asia Press Alliance in 2000, while also travelling and working in Timor Leste with UNESCO and UNTAET. Enrico also campaigned around corruption issues for Transparency International-Indonesia and in 2005 he was the Southeast Asia Representative for the International News Safety Institute. The same year he co-founded and became managing editor for PARAS INDONESIA, one of the country’s leading bilingual social-political website during those years. He was a fan of EngageMedia before joining the group in May 2009. He is now based in Jakarta, writing, producing films and maintaining the Southeast Asia content for EngageMedia.

Alexandra Crosby is a writer, researcher, designer and arts worker committed to developing relationships between communities. She has worked with a wide range of groups and individuals, primarily on creative approaches to environmental issues such as forest and water management, and particularly with groups in Indonesia and Australia. In 2005 and 2008, Alexandra was co-director of the Gang Festival with Rebecca Conroy, an ongoing creative exchange project between Indonesia and Australia. In 2008, Gang Festival published an anthology titled re:Publik, Indonesia-Australia Creative Adventures. She recently received the Kirk Robson Memorial Award for Leadership in Community Cultural Development. In 2007, Alexandra returned from a position in Yogyakarta as a Visual Arts Officer for the Australian Youth Ambassador for Development program. In 2004, she worked on the project Beyond the Factory Walls, living on the outskirts of Jakarta and producing digital storytelling and live performance with the group Teater Buruh Indonesia. She is now completing a phD researching the visual culture of activist communities in Java.

Yerry Niko Borang is an independent journalist based in Jakarta. While studying at university, he joined the student movement and created several propaganda bulletins in 1998. From 1999, working with publishers in Yogyakarta, he helped translate several English books on politics and literature into Indonesian, including Orwell’s Animal Farm. In 2004 he participated in early meetings to rebuild Indymedia Jakarta. He worked as a radio / web / video journalist for more than six years at During that time, he also worked with community radio and media networks.

Mr. Garton takes the stage
Mr. Garton takes the stage.