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Jakarta Post

Children ‘Wayang’ Festival

Mon, July 16, 2018   /   02:03 pm
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    A boy has makeup put on before the performance. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    A mother applies the finishing touches to her son. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    A boy is ready to perform after being dressed. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Children pray before performing. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    The mascot of wayang orang (human puppets). JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Three children rehearse while waiting for their turn to perform. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Some children wait for their turn to perform. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Parents accompany their children to the Sriwedari theater. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    The children perform at the Sriwedari theater in Surakarta. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

Maksum Nur Fauzan

Eight groups performed during the 2018 Children's Wayang (puppet) Festival at the Sriwedari Theater in Surakarta, Central Java, on July 5 and 6.

Prior to their performance, the participants – mostly elementary school students – were helped by their parents or coaches to put on their makeup and costumes. A few of them were able to prepare themselves.

These children were enthusiastic about taking part in the festival. Even their parents seemed happy and supportive of their children.

The event was organized to introduce children to their own culture as well as emphasizing Surakarta as a city of culture.

Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo said his administration would allow all traditional studios to perform at the City Hall verandah. [yan]