After many years of successful BWA Fashion Show (which was not a ball but a truly magical night of dance and music—entirely created by amateurs), The British Women’s Association has established a huge reputation of hosting the best “balls“ in town.
Hence, expectations were high for the 2019 event with the theme Into the Wild!, and so it came to pass that the vision of the BWA Ball Committee was brought to life in a truly magical way, with the wild theme carried from the lobby and into the ballroom in a really marvellous way!
From the moment guests walked through the entrance archway, they were transported into another world. The ballroom was stunning, with colourfully bold wild animals, jungle backdrop on the stage, exquisitely decorated tables with beautiful Indonesian leaves and flowers and the attention to detail with the themed placecards, table numbers and programmes.
With Wilfried Schulz—a veteran performer at the BWA Ball—confirmed as the Master of Ceremonies, we knew the show would be in safe hands, and the aim was to bring together an array of performers to ensure there was something for everyone. Two BWA dance groups took to the stage with performances not to be missed. Hot Wings were the opening act, transporting us to Rio with their fabulous routine. Rimba Riot came later and wowed us with their energetic dance and wonderfully themed costumes. Vocalist Ardina Glenda made a comeback accompanied by two other singers, leaving guests in awe as their voices filled the ballroom.
Two other performers made their debut at the ball this year. Abu Hasan Lobubun is a Papuan dancer who promotes his culture through dance. He brought his unique fusion of traditional Papuan beats and hip-hop and lit up the stage. Finally, Rampak Beduk turned up the volume with their traditional Javanese drum performance. It was simply spectacular.
The guests hit the dance floor after the show’s finale to the sounds of one of Jakarta’s finest house bands—Centerstage (with Eastern Promise generously covering their fee). With the sound of Mixologist David and his team from Bali Moon shaking up delicious cocktails in the
background, guests could move out to the lobby to take a break from dancing, order drinks and have fun in our photo booths. The spectacular life-sized jeep built by Asian Tigers was a big hit, with guests heading on a jungle safari, their antics captured by our photographer, Rinaldi.
In addition, this year we had an animated photobooth sponsored by Aawnderful. Their green screen had a wild-inspired background and guests could strike a pose and receive a gif to share on social -media.
Of course, the main aim of the event is to raise much-needed funds for the BWA’s Social Welfare programmes, and they were extremely lucky to have very generous sponsors who donated fantastic prizes for the silent auction and raffle. Thanks go to the Asian Tigers Mobility team and to the students from Jakflo for their hard work on all the floral arrangements.
For more information on BWA visit www.bwajakarta.org