The Jakarta Post
Far from being overshadowed by foreign epics, Panji is an artform that has become a national treasure, from where Indonesians may learn the meanings of life. (Shutterstock/Misbachul Munir)
Performers from China, Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia took part in a theatrical performance interpreting ancient Indonesian folklore through contemporary dance.
The art event, Panji Mbulan, was held on Sunday at Selomangleng Cave in the city of Kediri, East Java, reported Antara.
Panji Mbulan is about Panji, a famous character of old Kediri Kingdom folklore. His numerous tales are referred to as Cerita Panji (Panji Tales) and have been recognized by UNESCO as a Memory of the World (MoW).
Kediri Mayor Abdullah Abu Bakar said the event was held to introduce people to the city’s culture and tourism.
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“Kediri has no tourist destinations that naturally attract visitors, so we have to design them, just like this one,” he said.
The event also showcased several traditional Javanese dances, such as reog, jaranan, gambyong macan ucul and orek-orek. Visitors could also enjoy local dishes sold at the event. (iru/kes)