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Images: Parade unites culture and diversity through beauty, color

Aman Rochman

The Jakarta Post

Malang  /  Wed, August 9, 2017  /  09:55 am
  • Seeing red: A participant from North Sulawesi group performs a Manadonese war dance.

    Seeing red: A participant from North Sulawesi group performs a Manadonese war dance. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Seeing red: A participant from North Sulawesi group performs a Manadonese war dance.

  • Stark difference: A participant performs in the Bandung group as Marvel’s Iron Man.

    Stark difference: A participant performs in the Bandung group as Marvel’s Iron Man. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Stark difference: A participant performs in the Bandung group as Marvel’s Iron Man.

  • Mystical horsemen: Performers from Kediri, East Java, prepare to perform the Jaranan horsemen's dance, riding puppets representing the mystical and magical Kuda Lumping.

    Mystical horsemen: Performers from Kediri, East  Java, prepare to perform the Jaranan horsemen's dance, riding puppets representing the mystical and magical Kuda Lumping. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Mystical horsemen: Performers from Kediri, East Java, prepare to perform the Jaranan horsemen's dance, riding puppets representing the mystical and magical Kuda Lumping.

  • Contrasting colors: Participants from Depok, West Java, perform the Godek Ayu dance in brightly colored traditional costumes.

    Contrasting colors: Participants from Depok, West Java, perform the Godek Ayu dance in brightly colored traditional costumes. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Contrasting colors: Participants from Depok, West Java, perform the Godek Ayu dance in brightly colored traditional costumes.

  • Veiled beauty: A participant from Tangerang, Banten, smiles behind the beautiful beaded veil of a traditional wedding costume.

    Veiled beauty: A participant from Tangerang, Banten, smiles behind the beautiful beaded veil of a traditional wedding costume. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Veiled beauty: A participant from Tangerang, Banten, smiles behind the beautiful beaded veil of a traditional wedding costume.

  • Cultural blend: Singkawang representatives wear costumes showcasing their mix of indigenous and Chinese cultures.

    Cultural blend: Singkawang representatives wear costumes showcasing their mix of indigenous and Chinese cultures. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Cultural blend: Singkawang representatives wear costumes showcasing their mix of indigenous and Chinese cultures.

  • Sword and shield: Men from the West Nusa Tenggaran capital demonstrate the presean warrior dance of Mataram.

    Sword and shield: Men from the West Nusa Tenggaran capital demonstrate the presean warrior dance of Mataram. OF JP/Aman Rochman

    Sword and shield: Men from the West Nusa Tenggaran capital demonstrate the presean warrior dance of Mataram.

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The sound of traditional music fills the air to accompany the thousands of participants wearing traditional costumes representing 90 different cities of the Indonesian archipelago.

The participants walked down Jl. Semeru in Malang, East Java, in the 12thCultural Parade on July 19, organized by the National Association of Municipal Administrations (APEKSI).

The parade was part of APEKSI’s national conference, which was held from July 18 to 20, and featured around 3,600 participants who displayed the cultural diversity of the association’s member cities.

The 3-kilometer parade began at 2 p.m. from Jl. Semeru, traversing Ijen Boulevard and ending at Gajayana Stadium.

A group of participants representing Tegal led the parade alongside those from Probolinggo, Jambi, Palangkaraya, Pekalongan and Depok, with different groups showcasing a variety of traditional art forms.

For example, the group from Mataram, the capital city of West Nusa Tenggara, presented their peresean warrior dance and the cendang beleq drumming technique prior to the parade, and the contingent from Serang, Banten province, showed off their debus martial arts skills, in which they demonstrated that their bodies were impenetrable to sharp weapons.

Among the paraders was a team from West Java’s capital of Bandung, which showed that diversity was universal: Their segment featured iconic superheroes and action figures such as Marvel’s Iron Man and the Transformers’ Bumblebee, drawing the attention of spectators and participants alike.

“Our group has 50 traditional dancers and musicians, some wearing Iron Man and Bumblebee costumes for dancing,” said Ahwan of the Bandung troupe.

The different regional teams were also seen taking selfies with each other to record the memorable moment. Amir from Makassar, South Sulawesi, was one of those taking the opportunity presented by the parade of diversity.

“I feel fortunate to be here, so I can watch the various art and cultural profiles of other areas in a single event and share the pictures with my Makassar friends,” he said.

The parade also served as a platform for artistic and cultural exchange between the municipal administrations for developing the tourism potential in their respective regions.

“This parade shows that the distinctive regional traditions and ethnic communities are an asset to unify the nation within the framework of ‘Unity in Diversity’,” said Malang Mayor Mochamad Anton, citing the national slogan.

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