Two days ago, I was attracted to attend a party. But the party was totally different to the usual birthday celebration or modern party. The good thing for me on this party is (off course) no loud and shaking house music there. There were music, but not strongly cover the whole building. There was a stage, but no body use it for dance floor. People who came do not need to stand with glass of beers, wine or spirits in their hands. There are lots and lots of seats. No cake with candles to be blow for a birthday. And also no baloons and “happy birthday song”. It was the mix between the nice and warm family event and the modern western party. It was more looked like a show or event, but very friendly like a social gathering.
The chairman on screen
Party was only a word that being used in here. It was a gathering event of Indonesian bloggers, called “Pesta Blogger 2008”. Pesta, is literally translated into English as party. This was the second event of Indonesian bloggers, since the first one conducted last year. The theme was Blogging for Society … what a nice dreaming vision. The organiser were having a dream to bring the bloggers’ world of Indonesia to have social awareness and responsibilities through blogging. Maybe that’s why they invited so many bloggers communities in Indonesia.
People who came were mostly bloggers, no matter how updated their blogs are, or how well-known or famous them. Bloggers or people who are friends to bloggers attended the event. More than half of them brought laptop computer and digital camera. No official dress code, most of them using casual dress and some of them dress with only t-shirt, short pant and sleepers. Not only city boys/girls, but also country boys/girls. Not only computer geeks, but also students, journalists, NGO activists, writers, employees of the business sector, government employees, artists, celebrities, or house wives. They came from almost the whole of bloggers location in Indonesia, from Sumatera, Island of Batam, Java, Kalimantan, Bali and Sulawesi. You can imagine how diverse they are.
Dinda enjoying her twin sister's band
The nice part of this party was how people are happy and having fun with their freedom of being in Pesta Blogger 2008. I found a bunch of one bloggers community who always taking picture of themselves at the same time when the organiser were trying hard to get attention from the audience. Or how some people were busy with their camera to get nice candid shots of other people. Or almost one third of the participants who did serious internet surfing with their laptop to do blogging or chatting with their virtual friends. Or some people who just chatting and laughing with their blogger friends in the corner of the main room. People are using the event for their own freedom to gather both on-line and off-line.
Nice and energetic violin performance
Other nice thing during this event is music. Life music performance has given more exciting environment. A young but with a good musical capability band has dragged lots of bloggers enjoy the blues, famous reggae, and alternative pop song. I couldn’t recall my memory how many song they play. What I can remember are No Women No Cry, Every Breath You Take, and Let It Be. This band was like three whitches who do their magic calling the people to sing with them. The bloggers enthusiasm were there. They asked the band to play more and more song. Bloggers didn’t want them to stop playing. Other type of music also being performed. It was the talented violin performance of such a sexy and beautiful girl. She was not playing classical music. Little bit different with the band performance before, this sexy girl atracted the audience with her energetic and speedy rock music. Again, the bloggers become very enthusiast. They took lots and lots of pictures of her playing the violin.
Now, the party is over. Indonesian bloggers are back to our own town and own things. But, that party should not only give a fun, relax and enjoyment for bloggers. Bloggers should take the spirit of energetic, enthusiasm, and freedom from the party to make a useful change. One famous celeblogger always mention in his speech during the party, “Bloggers are the agent of change for Indonesia!”‘. Change for the freedom of speech, change for the social responsibility, change for education, change for better democracy, and change for better enviroment in this country.
A quote from Mr. Brown, a famous bloggers from Singapore who also attended Pesta Blogger 2008,“Bali Bloggers, you are rock! Yogyakarta Bloggers, you are rock!, Indonesian Bloggers, YOU ARE ROCK!!!”