Indonesian Night Market is Ready to Rock UNSW (Again!)

Indonesian Night Market or INM is one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events held annually by PPIA UNSW. This event is meant to introduce Indonesian culture to the public so that they could know more about Indonesian culture as well as experience it all together in a night market atmosphere. INM offers various live entertainments such as traditional dance and music. Specifically, there will be a live performance of Indonesian musical instrument called gamelan. Visitors will also get the chance to try popular Indonesian cuisine like rendang, Sate Padang, Soto Betawi, and other unique traditional dishes. In 2017, INM had successfully attracted more than 6000 visitors. These included both, Indonesian and non-Indonesian students. Hence, there was a growing interest of Indonesian culture. It is important to remember that the numbers are likely to increase in 2018.

On Wednesday, 12th of April 2017, from 3-9 pm at UNSW Mainwalkway, the highly anticipated event was held under this year’s theme “Memoirs of a Voyager”, a theme that revolves around a traveller who embarks on a journey to sail across the islands of Indonesia, from Sabang to Marauke; exploring through the country’s diverse culture along the way. INM 2017 transformed the UNSW main walkway into a nigh market filled with great festivities; highlighting the voyager’s encounters and cultural experiences along his journey through the Indonesian water.

With a record sixteen food stalls present, many were enticed by the delicious variety of Indonesian food to choose from, from the classics satay padang and nasi gudek to the childhood snacks kue cubit and sosis mie, there was something for everyone! Many also visited Podjok Budaya to play traditional games and learn more about the Indonesian culture with plenty of traditional games, henna painting, and merchandise in stall. The beautiful mural of Indonesia as the stall’s backdrop also tied the whole stall together, inviting many to take photos along the way. And as the night progressed, performances including traditional music and dance, drama such as the shadow show and bands entertained guest and brought a very lively atmosphere throughout the event.

How about 2018? This year’s theme highlights Indonesia’s abundant spices which become one of the country’s most boasted natural heritages. INM 2018 “Boemboe Nostalgia” aims to create an thrill-induced escapade that offers a nostalgic journey that showcases Indonesia’s abundant spices or ‘bumbu-bumbu’ through cuisines, events, entertainments, and activities.


Join us on 18th of April from 3-9PM as we transform the UNSW Main walkway into a night market filled with great festivities. From over numerous food stalls serving you a variety of traditional delicious indonesian food and live performances such as cultural parades, historical plays and native dances to spices exhibition, traditional instruments and old-folks games as well as classic Indonesian musics, there will be something for everyone for all ages and nationalities!

So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on a great night of celebration of the Indonesian culture. It will truly be an unforgettable night for you, your friends and family!

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