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Gajah Mada Town Festival  

by on Wednesday, 31 December 2008No Comment | 1,276 views

Recalling good memories of the past sometimes needs to be done. And Denpasar Municipality is presenting Denpasar community’s memory back through Gajah Mada Town Festival. Ten years ago, people of Denpasar crowded Gajah Mada area as center for shopping and getting entertainment. Various shops which sold various stuffs lined up along the way of Gajah Mada. At that long street, a very big traditional market was also available. Moreover, for young people that place became a favorite hang out spot since a theatre stood there. However, after Denpasar has some of malls which have high prestige, then Gajah Mada area started to be abandoned.

Gajah Mada Town Festival

Now, realizing that people of Denpasar need to find other hang out place instead of malls, Denpasar authority recalls the memory of Gajah Mada through Gajah Mada Town Festival which is held from 28th up to 30th December 2008. For them, people who had a memory in the past in this street this will be a good occasion to refresh the remembrance. In addition, for young men this is the time to know the history that this street had ever been a favorite.


The street was turned to a fancy place: gated by a sparkling gapura (Balinese gate), pennants on the right and left, and ended by fascinating gate. Approximately 500 meters long the street of Gajah Mada was blocked and several roads were diverted. It made Gajah Mada Street became more crowded.


More than 50 booths filled the festival area. Food, dress, fruit, and fine art booths are available. Food booth was the most favorite for the visitor. Indeed this festival offered Balinese culinary heritages from snack to staple food, from food to beverages. There were so many booths of Roasted Pig, lawar (Balinese food made from minced meat and unripe jackfruit), Laklak (Balinese cake made from sticky rice), Daluman (a kind of beverages which is made from Daluman leaves and coconut milk mix with ice cube), rujak kuah pindang (mixture of various fruit with hot sauce), and many more which aroused the appetite even if you had have your meal. Even more, as a present the visitors were given Nasi Jinggo freely, since nasi jinggo lately become Balinese popular food.


In the center of the festival venue there were two stages which were used for conducting the shows. The smaller stage was used for band shows and Drama Comedy. While the bigger was used for the big attraction like Barong Sai.

Well, this festival actually was not only represent Balinese culture and art but also a multicultural festival. Besides, Barong Sai show and shows from Catholic group and Sundanese group, there are also food booths which sold Indian food and Chinese food. So this festival was so colorful.
In addition, near the end of the street there were 4 big replicas of King Kongs, Rangda, and Knight which are admired by the children.

Gajah Mada Town Festival did not only entertain people but also brought back the memory of Gajah Mada street successfully. A memory when Gajah Mada became the centre of entertainment in Denpasar city where in the afternoon people started flocking to this street.

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