The annual Indonesian Cultural Night musical is back on stage this February. After garnering success with its Bali-themed musical in 2016, the Indonesian students in Nanyang Technological University are ready to bring a piece of Indonesian culture to the National Drama Centre, Singapore once again. Titled ICN 2018: Lakonna, the original musical is set in Tana Toraja, an exotic, ancient civilization in Sulawesi. Although it is inspired by centuries-old folktale called ‘Batingna Lebonna’, Lakonna remains relevant in modern times as it explores many dilemma and issues we still face today.

The musical follows Arrang, a man who has it all. Arrang is the firstborn of the head of the village who is expected to succeed his father as the village head upon his father’s death. The charming man has the approval of his father and the adoration of the villagers and he recently found the love of his life, Tanoana. Little does he know that his childhood friend, Malitta, has been in love with him for a long time and is determined to make Arrang hers. Arrang’s younger brother, Bayo, who has been living in the shadow of his larger-than-life older brother, is longing for the approval and love of their father and eyeing the village head position. As Malitta and Bayo concoct a plan to get what they want, Arrang eventually has to choose between being with the love of his life and his destiny to lead the village his father has left him. At its heart, the musical delves into the nature of human beings and how far humans are willing to go to fulfill their ambitions.

The timeless story that has been passed from generation to generation will come alive on stage for the first time in Singapore. With original music and choreography, it is set to be an authentic, one-of-a-kind musical as it transports the audience to the mysterious world of Tana Toraja.

ICN 2018: Lakonna will be staged at National Drama Centre, National Library Building Level 3 on Saturday, 3 February 2018 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Ticket starts at $16, and are available at . Visit us at for more information.