Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Wordl Tuesday Post: Braga Fest 2008 (Part One) - Bihari, Kiwari, Baringsupagi

First, my apology for the misinformation about the beginning of 2008 Braga Fest I posted earlier. My sources had somehow misinformed me that it started on the 28, whereas it officially began today, December 30th.

The 2008 Braga Festival's theme is "Bihari, Kiwari, Baringsupagi" - the Sundanese words for yesterday, today, [and] tomorrow. According to the organizer, the theme was chosen to reflect on the historical development of Jalan Braga (Braga Street) as the very street that had earned Bandung the nick name of "Parijs van Java" (the Paris of Java) and to mark the beginning of the efforts to revitalize businesses and the famous beauty of the street.

The theme is reflected in the zoning of the festival. There are three stages set along the street with the stage at the southern end of the street being set for performances that reflect Braga's past, that in the middle for Braga of today, and that at the northern end of the street for Braga of tomorrow. In between these stages were tents/stalls that showcased art works produced by Bandung's artists and creativity groups, different kinds of West Javanese culinary heritage, and fashions (for which the city is famous for).

In addition to this, as a matter of tradition, Braga Fest also features Braga Photo Festival (BPF), which this year, as in the previous years, is marked with a photo exhibition, "Photo Speak" (a series of lectures and workshops on photography by prominent photographers), photography movie viewing, and a photo contest for the general public and amateur photographers.

All that being said, let me now take you on a visual tour of some of what happened today. (I took more than 200 photographs plus about an hour worth of video clips just today; not all of them, however, are reporting worthy. So I will post some here and others at my other blogs.)

Today's post is also BANDUNG DAILY PHOTO'S participation for My World Tuesday meme. To see photos from other participants of this meme, please follow the link.



Who says that pompom has to be performed by girls?

This was one of the performances that took place in the northern stage today: A group of masculine pompom boys performed like they were girls. It was hilarious.



And here are some of the spectators:



OK. I guess you have to wait for other photos. My internet connection is being very slow today. It's exasperating.

16 comments:

fishing guy said...

Eki: What a fun post with the festival from your world.

rob said...

Wow ! There's always somtething interesting going on in your wonderful city! Happy new year Eki! Felice 2009!

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

Cool!!! Love the picture. Wonderful qualities.

Arija said...

that sure looks like a lot of fun, both for performers and audience!

Wren said...

What fun - thanks for sharing your world through the festival photos.

ramblingwoods said...

Very funny and the guys had pretty nice legs for guys..LOL..

Mahmud Yussop said...

On second look, the knees don't appear feminine!! This is a humourous shot. He,he,he.

Hilda said...

Ha ha ha! Oh this was fun and funny, Eki! Love it.

Happy New Year! Wishing you a peaceful and prosperous 2009.

omami said...

great photos, guys in skirts!!

Happy new year x x x

Livio said...

What a fun festival Eki. You're a fine reporter.
I wish a great and prosperous new year to you.

ramblingwoods said...

Eki..you posted about Buffalo. Both of my parents did their graduate work there and my mother taught while working on her Ph.D. It is terrible that the tuition to attend college is so very high and such a low priority is always put on it in all the state budgets. There are residents of NY state who can't afford the tuition and end up taking huge loans or not going. We are being short-sighted here about the value of higher education. But Eki, would you want to have to wear tall snow boots, a hat, a scarf and have to scrape the ice off your car windshield. LOL...

Vannya Azzahra said...

Good posting... I heard that the local government will make Jl.Braga as pedestrian area.

Mona 033776 said...

i had seen that pom pom boys in my sister's school
it's not easy for them to perform in front of people with that kind of uniform

Mimie said...

Hello Sir, It's Mira here. Your student. Happy New Year...
At a glance, i thought those were women's legs. It's a great shot. I like it. And the spectators looked serious watching the show without knowing that someone was taking their picture.

debysetiabudi said...

thats my group..really..LOL
I'm one of them

debysetiabudi said...

thats my group..LOL
I am one of them...!!