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'Kecak' performance featuring 5,555 dancers in Bali breaks MURI record

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Jakarta  /  Mon, February 26, 2018  /  03:35 pm
'Kecak' performance featuring 5,555 dancers in Bali breaks MURI record

A 'kecak' dance performance in Bali on June 14, 2014. (Shutterstock/File)

A colossal kecak dance performed by 5,555 dancers consisting of high school and vocational school students from across Badung regency, Bali, has reportedly broken a world record, according to an official from the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI).

"MURI gives high praise to this performance. It is worthy of not only a national record, but also a world record," MURI manager Triyono told Antara during the assessment at the event's location in Berawa Beach tourism area in Tibubeneng, Badung, on Sunday night.

Triyono said the colossal kecak dance could be considered a new world record as the kecak dance was Bali's signature art performance and a form of local culture that no other country had. 

Read also: Bali named world's best destination by TripAdvisor

Meanwhile, Badung Tourism Agency head I Made Badra said the activity was held as part of the Berawa Beach Art Festival 2018. "This event is helping the regency administration achieve its target of attracting 7 million tourists this year," he added.

For the record-breaking performance, 5,555 dancers donned checkered kain kemben, also known as saput poleng, tied with a red scarf. The performance was staged at the Loloan Yeh Poh at Berawa Beach. As the sun started to set, the dancers began their movements accompanied by harmonious singing, entertaining thousands of spectators.  

Siva, a high school student from Denpasar, said she came to Berawa Beach to witness the record-breaking attempt as her friend was one of the dancers. 

"This is the first time I've watched this many people perform a kecak dance; it's a very thrilling experience." she said. (kes)

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