It was 17 August 2013, the Independence day of Indonesia, my beloved country. And it was also our last day staying in Bali since our summer holiday is ending really soon. I found this Jazz Market By The Sea thing from Twitter and decided to spend our day there.
We arrived early as the event is opening. It was actually the second day of Jazz Market By The Sea. Although it’s early, the parking lot was crowded!
Since this Jazz Market By The Sea was held during the Indonesia’s Independence weekend (16 – 18 Aug 2013), the performance itself was combined with traditional performances such as Janger, Kecak Dance, Gamelan, Keroncong, etc.
The admission fee is Rp 50,000 for one day, and Rp 125,000 for 3 days straight.
As we walked in to the park, (Taman Bhagawan, Bali), we found some Market Stalls, Food Stalls, Art Galleries, and many other interesting stalls! There are also picnic area and pools and children activities area.
The stage was located just next to the entrance gate. It was surrounded by fountains and beautiful park.
And next to the stage was the Market stalls. There were so many vendors selling unique stuffs like jewelry, cloths, flowers, and even a photo booth. All of them are interesting!
Aside from the market-thing, there were lots of outdoor activities being held! Especially for kids. There are children’s playground providing lots of toys and even a face painting.
I saw lots of kids that day. All of them seems to enjoy the event very much. Some of them played around at the Children Activities area, some played hide-and-seek, some were chilling at the pool, and some just run around and round. If I were a kid, I would love to play as well!
The Independence’s Day Activities
The even more unique activities were the Indonesia’s Independence Day activities. It may seems strange and new and interesting for the foreigners. But these activities has been there since I was born. And every time Indonesia celebrates its independence day, our school holds such an event. So it brings back a lot of memory for me.
Sst. I used to be the winner of Lomba Makan Kerupuk (fish cake chips eating contest)!
One of the highlights from the activities is Panjat Pinang – one of the oldest popular traditions in Indonesia! So here’s the thing. There’s this tall nut-trees chopped and placed on the ground, vertically. At the top of the tree lies a wheel full of prizes! The trunk of the tree is covered with oil. And a group of young men will try to reach the top to get the prizes. Interesting, huh? I spotted bicycle, some bottles of wine, caps, and any other things.
There’s also Lomba Makan Kerupuk (crackers eating race). The crackers were hung as high as possible and you’ve got to eat ’em without even touching it with your hand. The one who finish first is the winner.
Next up was the food stalls. My favorite area! There are so many vendors selling foods from Indonesian chicken satay to Italian spaghetti. I found all of them so inviting!
The even more exciting thing is that…. if you tweet your photo at Jazz Market By The Sea and mention @JazzMarket, you will get a cotton candy for FREE! I got mine as well since I’m one of the lucky 50 people. (There were thousands of people that day).
There’s also this bar stall which sells a lot of variety of drinks from fresh juices to mojito.
The picnic area located just EVERYWHERE! There are also tables available if you found sitting on the grass is not comfortable. But we found it was!
This is actually my first time doing this picnic-thing. Turns out I enjoy it so much! Sitting on the grass under the trees let us talk about everything. Lucky that I brought my batik blanket. But if you ever need a mat, there are lots of mat available for rent for 50k Rupiah each.
Aside from that, there were also Art Gallery, Exhibition Corner, and Massage & Beauty Center.
The music can’t stop playing! There were Jazz Ethnic, Rock, and event Classic Indonesian songs being played. There were also a group of Drumband playing Bali Ethnic music.
My Love for Jazz Market By The Sea
We had our dinner there and stayed until it was late at 8 pm. I can’t believe we spent 6 hours at the park! I’m so happy we did check out Jazz Market By The Sea. Everything was so new to me. I’ve never been to such an amazing and exciting event before.
I hope we could.. you know, come back next year. And perhaps you should come as well!