It has become a tradition. Like the previous years the Association of Indonesian Community in New Caledonia, supported by the Indonesian Consulate General, has once again organized a bazaar on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the proclamation of Indonesian Independence Day, a week after 17th August. This choice of date is also a tradition. The occasion has taken place in Indonesian Centre belonging to the Association which is constructed on 5 hectares parcel of land in Mont-Dore.
This event was not only a moment to develop Indonesian culture throughout a series of show, such as dances and singing but also to offer the Indonesian products. The day began with the speech of Consul General ad Interim of the Republic of Indonesia in New Caledonia before being officially opened by the head of the Association, Mr. Djintar Tambunan. In her speech, the Consul General a.i. reminded the objective of the bazaar. Not only to enliven the anniversary of the proclamation of Independence of the Republic Indonesia, has this day also allowed the people from Indonesian Community living far away from their fatherland to appreciate more the country of their ancestors and to tighten their friendship.
Before the performance began, the Consul General and the Head of the Association stayed on the stage for a prize-giving to the champions of the sport tournament, namely football and badminton, which has been organized before, still on the occasion of the anniversary of the proclamation of Indonesian Independence Day.
Finally the show has begun with a dance called Tari Guyub Desa accompanied by the Gamelan. Other dances such as Tari Marga Pati and newly created dances like Goyang Semarangan, Tari Ngiggel and Satria Tangguh have also been presented. In terms of music performance, the Group of Angklung, under the aegis of Indonesian Consulate General, has also taken part.
The head of the Indonesian Association said that he was happy and satisfied to see such a big number of people from the Indonesian Community. They met each other to have nostalgia about the culture of their ancestors. The same event has been planned for next year. Long live the Republic of Indonesia!