“Just follow us, it’s okay!” said one of the volunteers leading us through the crowds, with a cheeky grin.

Somehow I ended up here. I found myself wading through the huge crowd celebrating with rhapsodic excitement. And why? It’s what I’m here for, the 2015 Asian African Carnival in Bandung.

Asian African Carnival 2015 in Bandung, Indonesia


Asian African Carnival 2015 in Bandung, Indonesia

On April 19, 1955, world leaders from Asian and African countries who reclaimed independence from colonial rule congregated in the city for a celebration of unity. Six decades later, this event maintains its commemoration for a week during late April.

I’ve made my way through a fair share of music festivals and live concerts, but this is the biggest crowd I have experienced in Asia. There were musicians on stage doing different renditions of song throughout several genres, with all kinds of people singing and bathing in the vibrations of music.

Asian African Carnival 2015 in Bandung, Indonesia


Asian African Carnival 2015 in Bandung, Indonesia


Asian African Carnival 2015 in Bandung, Indonesia

At one point we made it to a double decker bus where we climbed to the roof and witnessed the crowds in elevation. I watched children happily perched on their parents backs, friends laughing and singing with their arms thrown over each other, everyone is grinning from ear to ear. Crowds usually feed me excitement and energy, the endless thousands of them didn't fail to do just that.

Then we made our way back to the main hall and continued paving our way through the colorful crowd. Voices and music were flooding our ears, my senses were completely heightened by life bursting all around me.

Asian African Carnival 2015 in Bandung, Indonesia Parade1


Asian African Carnival 2015 in Bandung, Indonesia Parade2

Special thanks to Wonderful Indonesia, Pesona Bandung and the Asian African Conference for sponsoring this trip.

Stephanie is a nomadic photographer, wanderer, adventurer, dreamer. She lives for capturing moments of bliss, wanderlust, inspiring hearts, reigniting spirits, and infinite moments of Satori. Follow her journey at Infinite Satori.


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