Every so often, a community will gather to inspire one another and create something historic. This Saturday, July 12, Phoenix will participate in such a phenomenon. A first-ever, trans-Pacific Instagram meet-up, commonly referred to as an Instameet, will be held concurrently between Phoenix, Arizona, and its new sister city, Bandung, Indonesia. Instagrammers from both communities will unite and utilize a single hashtag — to bridge the geographic and linguistic gap between two cultures nine-thousand miles apart.
Phoenix’s meet-up will be hosted by Ryan Neal Cordwell (@ryannealcordwell), who has been working relentlessly with Bandung’s host, Nyimas Laula (@nyimaslaula), a suggested user by Instagram. Nyimas is expecting nearly 100 attendees, all of whom are eager to meet their new, extended, Arizona community.
The meet-up will feature live music from local bands, coffee and pastries provided by Cartel Coffee Lab, as well as a live video conference with Bandung, (while theirs begins Sunday morning to compensate a fourteen hour time difference). Held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm MST, the meet-up will take place at Cartel Coffee Lab, Downtown Phoenix, (who will open exclusively for the meet). Attendance is free, and open to all ages and levels of interest in the social platform. The event has already received international attention, and is expected to be documented by Instagram, as a truly revolutionary and community-driven event. Use the hashtag #phoenixinbandung to regram meet-up information, and tag all photos captured during the gather. Ditch the DSLRs, put on your trendiest threads, and prepare for a positive, educational and one-of-a-kind international experience.
Instameet: Phoenix In Bandung
PHX Date: July 12, 6-9PM
Location: Cartel Coffee Lab / 1 N 1st Street, Phoenix
Food & Bev: Coffee & Pastries by Cartel
Live Music: The Paper Hats, Noah & Micah