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Adventure of the Braves

In June and July 2016, 4 Red Nose kids (Wahyu, Akbar, Rijal and Indri) spent 4 weeks away from home, representing Indonesia at the Brave Kids Festival in Walbrzych, Poland.

Led by our two teachers and former students, Wawan and April, they had an adventure they never imagined before. Below are some highlights, taken from both the students’ travel diaries and their responses to the Brave Kids Festival participant questionnaire.



Q: What was your reaction when first Red Nose told you that you would go to Poland?

Rijal (R): I had no idea of travelling overseas, and it was only my second year at Red Nose. So I was surprised, yet so glad!

Wahyu (W): It was a break during a show at IKEA when Ka Dedi (Red Nose Artistic Director) told me about this. I was lost for words. I could only say yes but in fact I was blank. Once I was home and I told my parents, my mom got overjoyed and screamed happily!

Indri (I): Surprised. I couldn’t believe that. I then asked my parents… They were really happy with this and I became so enthusiast since then.

Akbar (A): I was very surprised as many other students do circus better than me. But I was also glad and so enthusiastic! Anytime I was visiting an Internet center, I took my time to browse about Poland, and got more and more excited.


Q: How was your preparation then? Were there any difficulties?

A: Learning traditional dance was totally difficult! Ka Adhim (Red Nose Arts Supervisor) always reminded me to move better, as I looked like a dancing robot! Ha ha ha!

W: It was challenging. I had to practice a lot, as well as traveling across the city to apply for a passport and visa, and many other preparation details.

I: Practicing acrobatics is so difficult, even more I was appointed to be the base for Rijal’s juggling. I was so scared that I couldn’t keep my balance and made him fall.

R: At the time of visa interview I had flu, giving me an ugly photograph with a real red nose on me. (Smirk)


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Q: And how did it feel when it was time to depart?

W: I was over excited! I couldn’t wait to see how another country looks like!

A: On our way to airport there was a bad traffic and I was starving. It hid the fact that I was actually nervous.

I: Even until boarding the aircraft, I still felt nervous. It then got better when the flight attendant served me chocolates.

R: Just before arriving at Jakarta airport my Dad got his eyes teary and saying” Is it a dream having my son flying abroad?” I was so touched yet motivated to make my parents proud!


Q: After a long haul flight, what was your first impression about Poland?

W: I was so excited to see snow for the first time in my life, just before a volunteer finally told me that it was summer in Europe. Too bad! Even though, the weather was pretty cool and windy over there. I always had my jacket on.

A: Poland is quieter than Indonesia, but is cleaner. The persons had also better behavior in public space, such as in queuing, waiting at bus stops, or disposing of garbage.

I: I hardly adapted to the local food. There wasn’t even any rice there. Early on, I always left my meals unfinished. After a few days, I started to get used to the food.


Q: How would you describe your relationship with your Host Families?

W: They were warm and kind farmers who treated me like their own son. They even trained me to plow using a tractor. It was exciting!

R: At first, I felt awkward to communicate with my host family. But they were very friendly, so I started to enjoy my stay with Akbar and the family.

A: Our host family loves sports very much. Mathieu (their only son) often asked Rijal and me to play soccer with him. There was also the European Cup happening in France at that time. I watched a match between Poland and Switzerland on a giant screen at a park nearby the house. We all had a party when Poland won the game!

I: I met Gabriella, the daughter of my host family and she was just like my own sister. Every time I had spare time, she always asked me to play tennis, catching butterflies, or hiking around. On my last day in Poland, she cried and hugged me tight, as she didn’t want me to leave. The family also gave me a box with our photos in it.


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Q: What did you think about the participants from other countries?

W: I loved learning Samba from our Brazilian friends. It was a powerful dance that made me feel like doing exercise. I also liked the traditional dance from Poland with cheerful background music. I then asked to copy the music file and taught this Polish dance to the small kids at Red Nose

A: I learned characteristics of many different people. Our friends from Nepal for example, they had great perseverance, while the Brazilians were humorous. All in all, they were nice friends who loved to share. I felt so lucky to know them.

R: They didn’t seem tired on every training or performing session. I was much influenced by their spirit and I felt the enthusiasm in me as well

I: I learned to say “Hello” in many different languages. So anytime I met my Brazilian friends for example, I greeted them “Ola” (Hello in Portuguese) and they answered me “Halo” (Hello in Indonesian).


Q: What was your most memorable moment in Poland?

W: Having a picnic in a city park with all the kids. It was such a spacious and clean park. Then Wawan and April asked me to do some acrobatic moves together. The other kids watched our actions and they applauded

I: Hiking to a castle. It was exhausting to hike up the hill after a train trip, but when we arrived, it all paid off. The castle was a bit scary but beautiful, and the city view was wonderful!

A: Playing trampoline. At first, I was scared of falling down. After trying it out, I knew then that it was totally safe. I enjoyed jumping high so much. Hopefully one day Red Nose would have its own trampoline.

R: Nutella party with all the kids from many different countries. We not only enjoyed the foods, we painted one each other’s faces using the chocolate spreads! All laughed aloud.

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Q: What did you learn most from the journey?

R: I have become more confident. Before this trip, I was mostly silent. Red Nose teachers have reminded me many times to speak up more. In Poland, I started to get used to chat with people, even in English!

I: I learned to raise my confidence to perform in front of the crowd. Before going to Poland, I had only a very limited experience with circus performance. So I was nervous to do a performance in Poland for the first time. Luckily, the good response I got for the first show successfully boosted my confidence and motivation!

A: I then knew that the world has a lot of different cultures, which are all unique! I was so happy to witness it myself.

W: I had to talk to my friends and the committees in English, so I am now more confident with my English.

Wahyu’s mom: Indeed! I can no longer check Wahyu’s social media as there are many English messages from his friends that I couldn’t understand.


Q: So, after the Brave Kids Festival, what is your plan?

R: I want to make my parents proud. And the trip makes me believe that nothing is impossible!

I: I am so proud with this experience and my sister (5 years old) made me her role model now. She just registered herself for Red Nose, saying that she wants to travel overseas as well. So I have to be more responsible.

W: I have to be more serious with my education and reaching my dreams!

A: Well, who knows when I grow up I will be back to Poland or other countries in a different capacity. I am so motivated to do so.

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As you just read, the experience in Poland had a deep impact on the children and their families. This can be seen in their responses to experiencing greater confidence, making friends from around the world and stronger motivation to do better with their education.


Bright futures await!



Foundation Juggling Skills, Formal Education


This article is originally published in The Jakarta Post on November 8, 2015. The original article can be found at the Post’s e-paper edition at this link.

Aprilyanah, 20, and dozens of teenagers and children flocked around a stage at a field in Jurangmangu Barat, South Tangerang on Saturday morning. Some of them, including April, were busy with juggling rings in their hands, while some young children tried to keep plates spinning on sticks they were holding. They stopped their activities and gathered backstage at 10 a.m., when a master of ceremonies started to introduce them to the audience that had already gathered in the area.

“Ladies and gentlemen, these children and teenagers are members of the Hidung Merah Foundation. They have worked hard for months to perform in front of you. So, let’s pay for their hard work with our smiles, laughs and applause,” master of ceremonies and Hidung Merah founder Dan Roberts, 31, said in Indonesian, followed by loud applause from the audience.DSC_0320

Soon after, April and other performers immediately stole the crowd’s attention with their ability to juggle balls, juggle rings and stilt-walk, as well as their dancing and comedy acts, during the foundation’s annual event. Similar events will also be held on Sunday in Cilincing, North Jakarta at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

According to Roberts, the teenagers and children learned the skills from mentors in Hidung Merah, which is also known as the Red Nose Foundation. Established in 2008, Hidung Merah is a foundation focusing on protection and advocating education for children in poor areas in Bintaro, South Tangerang, and Cilincing, North Jakarta. Roberts explained that the Hidung Merah members usually spent an hour and a half every day — before or after school — to practicing circus skills with the mentors, who were also willing to teach them many other subjects, such as science, math and English.

He further explained that he began his foundation in Cilincing, where many low-income families resided. Roberts added that although he and his Hidung Merah team had visited many places in Jakarta, they always came back to Cilincing.

“We chose to stick around Cilincing because we felt that the Cilincing kids need our help more than anybody we met in other places,” Roberts said. “Their neighborhood is very dangerous. Many children do not go to school and are required to work. Some girls are forced to be prostitutes.”

Roberts said that the Hidung Merah team members therefore chose to dedicate themselves to working with children in the area. The foundation had also been building good relationships with the parents, who initially disagreed with their children’s involvement. Roberts explained that his foundation “worked quietly and calmly with the parents” by telling them that education was the children’s right. It also gave their children scholarships so that they would not have any excuse not to put their children through school.

Roberts claimed that as a result, now 99 percent of children in Cilincing went to school, whereas in 2008, 70 percent of Cilincing children did not have any formal education. Roberts pointed out that one of the children was April, who now works as a circus coach in the Hidung Merah foundation.

April said she joined Hidung Merah eight years ago after she saw Roberts beautifully juggling balls. Since then, she found that the circus and the foundation had a part in improving her life. 

For pictures of the 8th Annual Community Circus, please visit our Flickr album here!






All Fun and Laughter at Etihad Team-Building Event

For some 25 Red Nose kids and around as many Etihad Airways employees, January 25 turned out to be an awesome, fun-filled Saturday with endless laughter and surely pleasant memories.

On that day, Red Nose Foundation held a team-building event for the airline’s Indonesia branch at the Jakarta International School’s New Gym, where the airline employees had the chance to learn several fun circus tricks, including plate spinning, ball juggling, playing with flower sticks, and executing some acrobatic moves.

Etihad Airways’ Manager for Indonesia, R. Dougie Douglas, told Red Nose that he found the event to be a tremendously enjoyable and memorable experience.

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Community Circus = Smiles All-Round

Can you juggle fire sticks while standing on your mate’s shoulders or make hundreds of people laugh without saying a word? The Red Nose kids can.

On Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10, every Red Nose student, that is more than 200 children ranging from age seven to 18, performed in front of an audience of hundreds of people – their family and friends and friends of Red Nose, plus members of the media – at the 6th Annual Community Circus event in Bintaro Lama and Cilincing.

The production showcased the smiling faces and the circus skills of all the Red Nose students as well as the skills of a few guest groups, namely music students from Global Jaya and the A-team cheerleading squad.

Red Nose says thank you to all of our staff and the volunteers who helped make this event happen. A big thank you must also go out to TokoBagus.com, who sponsored the event and have shown a great deal of support for the foundation since.

If you weren’t able to make it to the see the show with your own two eyes, you can catch up on all the excitement via the video and photos listed below.

View our photo album on FlickrRead about the 6th Annual Community Circus in the Jakarta Globe; And watch NET TV’s coverage (below).

The 6th Annual Community Circus Is Almost Here


The Annual Community Circus is the one time every year that all the Red Nose kids perform together on a single stage in front of an audience of hundreds – their family and friends, and others who swarm to see the show.

The 6th Annual Community Circus for 2013, featuring performances by more than 200 children ranging from age seven to 18, will he held in November and preparations are already underway. Dedi, Yanuar and Dan are working with each circus class and the Hidung Merah Performance Troupe, choreographing their routines, and have a spectacular time while they do so.


Each class will showcase the skills the students have learnt as participants of the foundation’s flagship Arts and Education Outreach Program. There will be dancing, clowning, juggling and acrobatics, and if it’s anything even remotely like last year’s event it will be an absolute blast.

To view photos from
2012’s 5th Annual Community Circus,
as well as photos from behind the scenes,
visit Red Nose on Flickr.

This year’s show will also include performances by students of Global Jaya International School, the A-team cheerleading squad and Yayasan Sanggar Anak Akar.

The 6th Annual Community Circus will be held in Cilincing, North Jakarta on November 10, 2013.

For more information about the event, please contact info@rednosefoundation.org. For media enquiries, please contact communications@rednosefoundation.org, and find out more about the Red Nose Foundation on our About page.

HMPT Perform at Check Out for Children Fun Run

On October 20, the Hidung Merah Performance Troupe performed at the Le Meridien Hotel’s 5K Fun Run for Children. All proceeds raised during the event went to Check Out for Children, an alliance between UNICEF and Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, that raises funds to support children’s education.

Red Nose is pleased to have been apart of this corporate fundraising event in Jakarta. Congratulations to Starwood, and the Le Meridien in Jakarta, for contributing to such a good cause.

You can find photos from the fun run on the Le Meridien’s Flickr site.


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Red Nose Troupe Perform at Rumah Kita for Children with Cancer

Introducing a little fun and laughter into the lives of those who face hardship isn’t always an easy task. But the Red Nose kids did just that on Saturday morning.

Dressed in their bright red tracksuits, the troupe arrived at Rumah Kita, a halfway house for children receiving treatment for cancer, to find a bunch of high-spirited kids who had spent the morning singing, dancing, and decorating cup cakes.

As the children settled down to prepare for the show it was clear that some of them weren’t entirely sure what to expect, but they waited patiently for the show to start.

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