It was Sunday afternoon on the last day of Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016 closing day events, and the green Peninsula Island looked even more crowded (teen gangs, young lovers, and kids with their parents were spotted everywhere) than the previous days. The weather was not a mess; a good fortune during monsoon season in Bali.
Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016 had been adorned with eye-catching spots in every corner, from a wooden prism-shaped tunnel with golden Christmas lights and a Nusa Dua Fiesta icon at the front gate, big animal figurines in colorful beam, swinging strings of luminous lanterns under trees, Balinese traditional decorations, to dynamic vivid stage lights.
Selfies, selfies, selfies!
So, it’s time for selfies.
Never leave your smartphone at home when it’s time for festivals! Keep your internet on, don’t forget your selfie stick and portable charger (these gears seem to be the top essential must-haves for festival-goers nowadays).
Anime Characters Went Live
Not much was going on around the main stage; some musicians either jamming or sound-checking, people loitering and sitting all over the place. Something caught people attention, then: boys and girls with colorful wigs and typical anime costumes and props strolled around at Zone K stage. It was easy to tell they were cosplayers, the participants of cosplay, or the act of costume play.
There in front of Zone K stage, two anime characters from the popular Japanese manga Naruto went off-screen in human form, mimicking certain voice-over dialogue of the cartoon series, and performing a fight scene. A kid sounded so awed upon seeing the performance, shouted, “Naruto is dead!” Another cosplayers were lining up nearby. Some juries (also dressed up in anime outfit) examined their stage performance.
Later on that night, Japanese otakus (Japanese culture aficionados) were enjoying Japanese songs performed by cosplayers.
Delicious Meals Here and There at Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016
Zone K area was surrounded by food trucks, selling mouth-watering food and beverages, from regular snacks, Western food (meat burgers, vegetarian burgers, french fries, pizza, crepes, nuggets), Indonesian and Balinese menu (fried rice, chicken basil rice, durian ice cream, betutu chicken, and many more), to wine, ranging from Rp 10.000 (the food, not wine, though!). Tables were also provided for a festival dining experience.
Sightseeing with Electric Scooter
The broad open-air Peninsula Island with several festival zones might be too tiring to explore by feet. Nusa Dua Fiesta offered a unique alternative personal transportation to explore Peninsula Island. Segway Ninebots’ electric scooter was available for rent from Rp 25.000 for 10 minutes.
This is a short clip of Zone K at Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016
Japanese Percussion by Wakaido Japan
Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016 tagline “Bring the World to Bali” brought another entertainment from Japan. At 6.30, a group of boys from Wakaido Japan performed drumming show to the crowd at the venue. The traditional Japanese percussion instruments called taiko created energetic and rumbling sounds. Here is a (very short) clip of their show in the closing night.
The internationally acclaimed Balinese jazz guitarist, Balawan, and his musical group started their show by giving warm greetings to the audience. Wearing simple, traditional black costume, they played a cover of Pharell’s song, Happy.
Balawan had a lot interaction with the crowd. He encouraged young generation to preserve Indonesian traditional music, especially gamelan. A female vocalist joined in, singing some Indonesian songs with him. Noticing how the crowd looked unsure of what they would like to hear next, he joked, “You know, Jakartan musicians have one question in common: what do Bali crowd want, exactly?
This is tough-guessing crowd we have in here,” and added, “I have played music for 38 years. You can ask me to play anything you like,” Then he began to tease the audience with Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World intro. With a heavy bass voice, he slightly modified the lyrics, “…and I think to myself…,what a wonderful Nusa Dua...” which immediately got the massive amount of people applauding. He continued his guitar performance by experimentally creating trumpet sound with his popular hand-tapping technique.
Closing Ceremony of Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016
Balawan show was followed by awarding announcements and ceremony, from winners of cultural parades participated by hotels in Nusa Dua, repeater guest award for those who have stayed dozen times at certain hotels in Nusa Dua, winners of competitions held during the festival, the best and favorite booths, to door-prizes for the crowd.
Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016 chairman Ngurah Wirawan delivered his closing speech, expressing his gratefulness for the festival and promising a better festival experience for next year. He also said, even though a wide-range of performers had presented their best cultural entertainment to the crowd, he felt sorry for not having more artists to participate this year. “We’d like to invite you, dancers and artists, to perform in 2017,” he said. 2017 is scheduled for many great festivals, one of which would be a blues festival in May 2017 at Peninsula Island; blues enthusiasts definitely don’t want to miss this.
“Farewell, Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016. Let’s join us in Nusa Dua Fiesta 2017!” he ended his speech, before confettis and fireworks began to burst out, celebrating another year of successful cultural festival in Bali.
Balinese Tale in An Epic Collaboration
Despite the drizzles, the night went on with joy and excitement. An collaboration of fashion carnival, Balinese classic gamelan okokan, and by choreographic dance by Pancer Langit and Sanggar Brama Dwipa Kencana brought all attentions to the stage. Narrated in Balinese and Indonesian, the epic show told a legend of Prabu Kesiman leading his troops to eradicate an epidemic disease spread by Rangda.
Vocal Trio GAC
Around 9 PM, Gamaliel, Audrey, Cantika, three talented young singers of Jakartan vocal group GAC, fired the atmosphere up with intro music and their latest single. Most of the audience staying at the venue were youngsters who hysterically shouted the trio’s names. “We sense a lot of galau (Indonesian popular word for being confused in uncertainty) boys and girls here. Wanna hear some Adele tunes?” they asked the emotional crowd and sang Hello.
Nusa Dua Fiesta 2016 have ended wonderfully. Let’s wait for the next big Nusa Dua Fiesta 2017, make sure to stay updated with the news!
See you in Nusa Dua Fiesta 2017!