24 April 2012
Culture and Heritage
West Java Art and Cultural Parade 2012 in Sukabumi
Posted on : 24 April 2012
Categories : Culture and Heritage
On 31 March 2012, the usually quite town of Sukabumi became alive with sparkling colors and vibrant music as 1000 of artists from all over the province of West Java gathered to take parts in the West Java Art and Cultural Parade 2012.
Initiated by the Tourism and Cultural Office of West Java Province, the event featured the procession of West Java traditional arts and cultural forms from 8 cities and regencies including Purwakarta Regency, Bogor City, Sukabumi Regency, Bandung City, West Bandung Regency, Cianjur Regency, Sukabumi City, and Cimahi City. Showcasing the richness of West Java art and cultural treasures, the event successfully illustrated the three branch of West Java’s culture which are Melayu Betawi, Priangan, and Dermayon Kacirebonan.
Among some of the arts and cultural performance presented were Mapag Panganten (Traditional wedding parade) Ringrang and Jangkrik Art, Wayang Hihid (Bamboo Puppets), Budak Pamayang, Ngabungbang, Dangkolung, Angklung Buncis, Gagarudaan, Kuda Renggong, Pencak Silat Martial Art and many more.
Aimed to preserve the traditional art and culture of West Java, the event was not simply an exhibition of traditional performances since each art forms and cultural display contains wisdoms and values of the ancestors that has been passed down for generations. Aside from sukabumi, this year the West Java Art and Cultural Parade will also be held in Karawang, Banjar, and Indramayu.
Photo by Prayudha Nurdiansyah.