After six years involvement in communicating science to public in Indonesia, I found that the degree of awareness of the public was depended not only on their educational background but also their cultural background. Indonesia is a multicultural country and, therefore, different area has different values and norms. Usually, the values and norms were transformed into some traditional performing arts, such as in 'wayang' (the traditional puppet show), dances, music ('gamelan'), etc. Historically, Islamic ideology was succesfully wide spreaded in Indonesia by adapting the ideology into the existing traditional arts. With this analogy, we may use the traditional arts to effectively communicate science to the lay public.

My team in DoctoRabbit has been adapting a traditional comedy theatre to be used in performing a science show. We performed 'Lenong Sains' (lenong is a traditional comedy theatre from Jakartenese or so called Betawinese, 'sains' means science in Indonesian language) at the Indonesian Science Festival 2007. At that time, we were appreciated by the audience and it was very interactive since lenong has an interactive nature by itself. We are now in the middle of adapting other traditional comedy theatre from other ethnic groups, such as 'Ludruk Sains' (from East Java) and 'Ketoprak Sains' (from Yogyakarta) to be performed in the respective cities. We chose traditional comedy theatres because they have good senses of humor and mostly are adored by public.

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Using traditional comedy theatre as a media for science communication

Dyah Permatasari   DoctoRabbit

After six years involvement in communicating science to public in Indonesia, I found that the degree of awareness of the public was depended not only on their educational background but also their cultural background. Indonesia is a multicultural country and, therefore, different area has different values and norms. Usually, the values and norms were transformed into some traditional performing arts, such as in 'wayang' (the traditional puppet show), dances, music ('gamelan'), etc. Historically, Islamic ideology was succesfully wide spreaded in Indonesia by adapting the ideology into the existing traditional arts. With this analogy, we may use the traditional arts to effectively communicate science to the lay public.

My team in DoctoRabbit has been adapting a traditional comedy theatre to be used in performing a science show. We performed 'Lenong Sains' (lenong is a traditional comedy theatre from Jakartenese or so called Betawinese, 'sains' means science in Indonesian language) at the Indonesian Science Festival 2007. At that time, we were appreciated by the audience and it was very interactive since lenong has an interactive nature by itself. We are now in the middle of adapting other traditional comedy theatre from other ethnic groups, such as 'Ludruk Sains' (from East Java) and 'Ketoprak Sains' (from Yogyakarta) to be performed in the respective cities. We chose traditional comedy theatres because they have good senses of humor and mostly are adored by public.

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