Thousands attend NYC’s First Indonesian Street Fair

August 31, 2015 | Events Archive, News

ON Saturday, August 22, thousands of people came out on a beautiful late-summer day to East 68th street in Manhattan, drawn by the sights, sounds, and smells of New York City’s inaugural “Indonesian Street Festival.”  In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Indonesian Independence and hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (KJRI-NY), the Festival featured vendors of Indonesian cuisine and traditional clothing, accessories, and gifts, coming from all over the Northeast Region.  The highlight of the Festival, the Main Stage, located directly in front of the entrance to KJRI-NY, featured entertainment and prizes all afternoon, for the enjoyment of everyone in the crowd.

After opening remarks by the Honorable Consul General Bpk. Ghafur Akbar Dharmaputra, he and the Consular Staff led the crowd in singing the Indonesian National Anthem “Indonesia Raya.”  Then the afternoon’s “Journey to Indonesia” began with a visit to the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, with music, dance by Saung Budaya, and an interactive presentation from the International Silat Federation.  Half a dozen audience members of all ages climbed on stage to practice some basic hand movements from the traditional “Silat Tuo Minang.”

As the MC’s kept the crowd excited and engaged, performers transported the audience to Bali, Java, Borneo, and Sulawesi through beautiful cultural dances and other captivating exhibitions, including a performance by the renowned Gamelan Kusuma Laras and a fashion show and a traditional dance performance by a group of adorable young ladies 10 years old and younger.  Elsewhere along 68th street, tangible tastes of cultural cuisine were had at a variety of vendor booths, welcoming people to sample food and drink from all over the world’s largest archipelago.

Click to watch the video prepared by KJRI-NY

The Indonesian Street Festival received much attention in online news outlets, with both KJRI-NY and Permias NYC posting many photos from the day’s festivities.  The Indonesian Lantern, the Voice of the Indonesian Community in America, featured an article on the event, as did several blog writers, including Detik Travel and Indah Nuria.  Follow-up events hosted by KJRI include the Jakarta Fair Indonesian Street Festival in Somerwsorth, NH, the following Saturday August 29.

On behalf of Bapak Waleed and the ISF, we would like to thank the Honorable Consul General Bpk. Ghafur Akbar Dharmaputra and his wonderful group of Consular Staff:

With heartfelt Congratulations, and Thank You for all your efforts and support in bringing the sweetness and diversity of Indonesian culture to America.

See below for still images from the KJRI-NY video Perayaan HUT RI ke 70 – Street Festival 2015 di New York:

…and some images from the Permias NYC album, with Photo Credits to KJRI NY and Kenny Soesilo:

 

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