Yesterday my husband and I went to Tong Tong Fair in The Hague. It is the biggest Eurasian Fair in the world. We loyally come to this event because it is part of the Indo culture. Indo here is not an abbreviation of Indonesian but Indo means Eurasian from The Netherlands Indies. Last post I wrote about Tong Tong Fair dated from 2011. There is an explanation about who the Indos are.
This year’s slogan of Tong Tong Fair is: Een bezoek aan Azië en de Pacific, zonder de jetlag. It means A visit to Asia and the Pacific without jetlag. Why the Pacific? Because the Indos are fond of Hawaiian music and the hula dance.
This is the catalogue from the fair. Boekoe Pienter means smart book.
One of my reasons to come to Tong Tong Fair is the food. It is food galore. Snack, fresh cakes, exotic fruits and street food. There is more than you could eat. Tong Tong Fair offers this diversity in three food tents.
Tong Tong Fair invites selected Indonesian singers, bands, dancers, fashion designers and writers every year. This year’s residence artists are dancer Didi Nini Thowok and Samba Sunda.
Didi Nini Thowok is a well-known male dancer from Yogyakarta who performs as a female dancer. He dances so graciously.
Samba Sunda is a gamelan ensemble from Bandung, West – Java. Their composition is a mix of Sundanese, Javanese, Betawi traditional score and Brazilian samba. It is beautiful.
At Tong Tong Fair there is a tent called Indonesian pavillion. All stands sell crafts and food from Indonesia. The owners are Indonesians who are flown to participate here. I always love to stroll in this pavillion. The sphere reminds me of that one back home in Jakarta. Hearing Bahasa Indonesia spoken here brings me joy.
Tong Tong Fair is an event to get more updates about news and books of the Indos and Indonesia. This is the stand of Van Stockum bookstore which has huge collection of Indo and Indonesian related books.
Tong Tong Fair was started as an event to preserve the unique melting pot culture of the Indos (Eurasians from The Netherlands Indies). More important is also sharing the stories about the Indos so people won’t forget.
Boekoe Pienter and poster are courtesy of Tong Tong Fair