Siladen, Indonesia 2022

How wonderful when the real performance comes from the audience!

Staying on the tiny coral island of Siladen in the Celebes Sea, yesterday the Kuda Laut Dive Resort invited the village children to hear some stories. They came, young and old, with some parents and the teachers from their school.

Listening to The Frightened Mouse.

Telling Mr Wiggle and Mr Waggle.

Enthusiastic audience participation.

But the true highlight of the afternoon was to see the children’s performance for me!

Song after song, with movement and dance.

And all the children, boys and girls, so confident and happy in what they were doing.

They ended with boys and girls rearranging themselves into opposing groups for a hilariously spirited call-and-response song.

Wonderful to witness such lovely children!

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