Hello London!

Yesterday, the 31st May 2014, was the first ever biggest Indonesian festival that was held at the iconic Trafalgar Square in the heart of London. With a large stage set up right next to Nelson’s Column showcasing various colourful performances, stalls selling food and Indonesian products that dotted the square, it was an overall incredible sight, smell and sound experience which we all got to share together.

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Lila Bhawa ladies all lined up ready to hit the stage.

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Cendrawasih beauties ready to soar.

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Our beautiful Gambyong Pangkur ladies.

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Gambyong Pangkur Ladies with our stage manager for the day, Jiggs!

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Our Barong Dancers with Monkey performers, ready to roll.

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Tari Gambyong Pangkur performed by Ni Made Pujawati, Andrea Rutkowski, Widya Rachmawati, and Dewi Ariati

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Tari Cendrawasih performed by Yani Asmayawati, Khai Khalid, Savitri Sastrawan and Yanti Sastrawan

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Tari Jaipongan Bajidor Kahot performed by Ni Made Pujawati, Andrea Rutkowski, Widya Rachmawati, and Dewi Ariati

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Tari Barong Bangkal with Monkey, performed by Pagi Asmara, MJ Coldiron and Reka Martin.

Lila Bhawa took part in performing four different dances in total, and each dance was performed twice throughout the day.

Since the Cendrawasih dancers were the first to finish their set, we decided to take the opportunity to venture into the square and take photos by the infamous Blue Rooster sculpture—we’re all BIRDS of the same feather after all! However, our attempts were almost futile, as mobs of visitors took turns in taking photos with us as soon as we stepped out. Although we were ‘ambushed’, we enjoyed the experience nonetheless and glad that we had managed to add dashes of colour in the square with our striking costumes.

The day was not all just song and dance, but there was also plenty of gastronomical experiences as well. Yes, we were referring to the food at the event. The distinctive smell of satay lingered in the air, making us all constantly ravenous. Although the queues were very long, we were very lucky that we had Cikka as our satay-runner for the day! Image

Cikka, our satay-runner for the day, wearing our freshly printed T-shirt.

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Satay break!

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Juli and Reka ready to go through the crowd, spreading the word of our group.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the ‘Hello Indonesia!’ organisers for letting us share the stage for the day, everyone who supported us and helped in preparing for the event, and lastly, to those who came and enjoyed our performances. We hope that you had a pleasant day as we all did on stage. It was a very memorable experience and we hope that this will become a yearly event…Till then, see you at our next show!

Photo Credits: Official Lila Bhawa Camera/Khai Khalid, and I Gede Arta

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