Annual Dance Festival 'Indonesia Menari' Returns to Three Cities

Director of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation, Renintasari Adrian, poses with Indonesia Menari ambassadors during a press conference at Gallery Indonesia Kaya in Central Jakarta on Monday (06/11). (JG Photo/Diella Yasmine).

By : Diella Yasmine | on 4:20 PM November 09, 2017
Category : Life & Style, Arts & Culture

Jakarta. Galeri Indonesia Kaya's annual program "Indonesia Menari," or "Indonesia Dance" is set to be held on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.

This year's event will be held in three cities, at the Grand Indonesia mall in Jakarta, The Park Mall in Solo, Central Java, and Mall 23 Paskal in Bandung, West Java).

Participants will dance to a compilation of songs arranged by Pongky Prasetyo, consisting of Indonesian traditional songs such as "Bungong Jeumpa" from Aceh, "Cik Cik Periuk" from West Kalimantan, "Cingcangkeling" from West Java, Rasa Sayange from Maluku, "Si Patokaan" from North Sulawesi and "Gemu Fa Mi Re" from East Nusa Tenggara.

Choreographer Rosmala Sari Dewi will be the lead dancer this year. She said she will combine traditional dance movements from several provinces with modern ones.

"The movements are easy to follow, you don't have to be a dancer to participate in the event. Preserving traditional dances is not only a dancer's job, but it is also our job as an Indonesian citizens," Rosmala said at a press conference in Central Jakarta on Monday (06/11).

Free video tutorials for those willing to participate are available on the event's official website.

Celebrities will also be present. Actors Fero Walandouw, Marcell Darwin and Yuki Kato will be dancing with thousands participants in Jakarta. Ayushita and Rangga Moela will perform in Solo, while Citra Kirana and Morgan Oey will attend the event in Bandung.

Indonesia Menari is organized by Galeri Indonesia Kaya of Djarum Bhakti Foundation, with an aim to introduce Indonesian traditional dance in a fun and exciting way.

"There was a lot of enthusiasm in previous years that encouraged us to add more locations and continue to hold this event every year. We are hoping to attract more people, especially younger generations, to get closer to Indonesian traditional dances and be proud of our culture," Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation program director Renintasari Adrian.

Registration is open for individual dancers and groups of minimum five and maximum seven members.

Participants will have a chance to win hundreds of millions of rupiah.

Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded by social media users.

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