As the year 2012 approaches its end - and the human race has obviously survived the Mayan apocalyptic prophecy -, Jakarta will sparkle with glittering lights, vibrant music and vivacious fiestas as the metropolitan capital celebrates the turn of the year, welcoming 2013 with over a hundred shows scheduled to take place across the city.
Head of the Jakarta Tourism and Culture Office, Arie Budiman, said on 19th December that the provincial government has issued no less than 121 permits for this New Years Eve celebrations at 85 locations throughout the capital, reported tempo.co. Most events will take place at most popular locations such as at recreation parks, malls, hotels, nightclubs, discos, restaurants and others.
“In Central Jakarta alone, there will be 63 events at 34 venues, North Jakarta will have 11 events at 8 venues, West Jakarta has 14 events at 14 venues, while South Jakarta will have 26 events in 26 venues, and in East Jakata 5 events in 3 venues” added Arie as reported in kompas.com.
On New Year’s Eve, Jakarta’s main boulevards will be closed for all motorized vehicles in a special session called “Car Free Night”. Similar to the “Car Free Day” programs which are currently held every Sunday morning, so on New Year’s Eve, the main avenues of Sudirman-Thamrin will be closed to all vehicles from 06.0 pm Western Indonesia Time to 02.0 am on 1st January 2013. For along these roads the public will be free to walk around and join in the special New Year fiesta. A Carnival featuring Jakarta’s own authentic ‘Betawi’ culture will parade through the streets starting from the Jakarta City Hall and ending at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout where the countdown to 2013 will take place.
Meanwhile, Jakarta’s largest recreational park by the beach, the Ancol Dreamland also prepares a festive event to celebrate the end of the year, ringing in the new year. For the New Year celebrations, the management of the park has prepared a series of exhilarating shows including bursts of fireworks at three sites, a seaside mini theatre, contemporary wayang (Indonesian traditional puppets) performances, Jakarta’s Lenong Betawi, 100 street musicians’ performance, and huge musical stages set up on Carnival Beach and Ocean Ecopark. Except for the main entrance fee to Ancol Dreamland, all shows are free of charge.
A number of malls will also stage special events to welcome New Year 2013. At Gandaria City Mall, an exciting laser show and the Rave in the City music attraction will dazzle the audience while browsing through the special discounts presented during the late night bazaar. At La Piazza at Kelapa Gading, besides being mesmerized by the outer space settings and decorations, visitors can elso enjoy 3D virtual animation, 3D photo booths, space humanoids, and other high tech entertainment. While at Mall Kelapa Gading3, a unique performance of acrobats in a bubble will be presented for the first time in Indonesia.
Some of the finest hotels of the city will also stage special shows for the occasion. The Aston Marina Hotel Ancol will present a special musical show featuring some of the finest singers of the country , among whom are Krisdayanti, Vina Panduwinata, and Dira Sugandi, while at the Mercure Ancol, the rising popular rock band “Kotak” will entertain the audience into the wee hours of the morning.
Therefore, with so many shows scheduled to be staged in Jakarta, there’s definitely something for everyone to celebrate the countdown to the New Year of 2013 in this magical metropolitan capital.
Source: tempo.co, Kompas.com,Antaranews.com
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