Indonesian Stand Attracts Visitors at the 2010 IWC Charity Bazaar in Sofia, Bulgaria


Yet again, the Indonesian Stand draws audience at the International Women's Club (IWC) Charity Bazaar 2010 at the Inter Expo Centre in Sofia, Sunday, 5th December, 2010.

The visitors crowded the stand to buy women's and men's batik apparel, batik shawls and scarfs, handicraft made from batik and other decorations that is unique to Indonesia (bags, brooches, pencils, place tissue, patterned ornament, puppets, etc). Moreover is the food stand that offers special Indonesian gastronome, namely:  fried rice, fried noodles, chicken satay, rissoles, and the popular dadar gulung (coconut & palm sugar filled crepe) desert.

This Indonesian participation is represented by the Union of Indonesian Women (Dharma Wanita Persatuan/DWP), in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Sofia. This year’s participation of the Indonesian team as such the previous years has helped enliven and support the Bazaar, as commented by the President of the IWC Mrs. Valia Batista. The Indonesian stand itself is decorated with a number of decorations to create an atmosphere typical of Indonesia; among others are the red and white cloths wrapped through out the stall, significant of the Indonesian flag, Balinese umbrellas on the edges of the stalls, some traditional Ulos cloths (from North Sumatra) and other batik fabrics that were hanged on the walls behind the stall, and a few other decorations that as a whole made the Indonesian stall stood out among the booths of other countries and attracted much attention in the bazaar. Traditional Indonesian Folk Music from Sumatra, Sunda, Maluku, Irian Jaya, etc, was also played in the Indonesian stall as to enrich the mood and ambience of the stall. To complete the occasion, various Indonesian Tourism Brochures was also distributed from the stand.

The members of the DWP led by its chairman, Mrs. Fely Rose Inkiriwang and other Embassy staff continuously served visitors with energy and a sense of Indonesian hospitality, who continued to pack the booth from 10.00 until 17.00.  At the bazaar, the products offered by the Indonesian stall evidently are extremely attractive to the booth visitors as it sold out before the bazaar was even over.

As in previous years, the Indonesian Embassy dance group, Pesona Mawar Nusantara/PMN (Enchanting Roses of the Archipelago) also enlivened the opening of the bazaar. The dances that was
presented by the PMN was the Plate Dance from Sumatra, danced by the Junior dancers of PMN, followed by the Saman Dance also from Sumatra by the senior members of the group. PMN participation in the event has shown vast amazement and interest of the visitors. This was obvious for which after the performances when the Mayor of Sofia, Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, made her welcoming speech and mark the opening of the bazaars by cutting the ribbon, she was accompanied none other by the junior dancers of PMN.

The annual IWC bazaar 2010 consisted of 59 booths and was followed by 26 Foreign Representatives in Sofia. Various Bulgarian media, among others, Bulgarian National TV, Pro TV BG, Bulgarian National Radio, covered the animated atmosphere of the bazaar, including the atmosphere of the crowd at the Indonesian stand. (Source Indonesian Embassy in Sofia).