A big stage at City Hall of Surabaya becomes venue for arts performance by young artists from several countries. The young artists stay in Indonesia for about three months to learn Indonesian arts and cultures. They come from Europe, Africa, Asia, Pacific, Australia, and Latin America. Some of them learning about Indonesian painting, while the other learn about traditional dances.
The young artists got scholarship from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More than 50 students studied in several places such as Padang Panjang, Bandung, Solo, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Denpasar. The young artists live together with local artists, so, the can learn Indonesian arts as well as Indonesian cultures and society.
At the end of the program, the young artists perform the result of their study in Indonesia. Surabaya is chosen to be venue of the performance of the artists. It is an honor for Surabaya to be venue for such wonderful events. More than 5o young artists perform their talents in front of about 1000 audiences tonight, Friday (22/10).
I tried to take picture of the event, unfortunately my pocket camera has very limited capacity, so, I could not get good scene. I sat about 25 meters in front of the stage, and I could move from my seat because I did not want to disturb the audience.
The cultural night started with an Indonesian song with Angklung. Then various dances from Padang Panjang, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Bali were performed. It is very interresting when traditional Javanese gamelan includes modern music instruments. Jaipong Dance from Sunda was modified a little bit with energic music. The last performance was Kechack Dance from Bali.
Former Minister of Foreign Affair, Hon. Hassan Wirayudha, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affair, Mayor of Surabaya Ms. Tri Rismaharini, and Honorary Ambassadors are among VIP audience. The spectators are mostly university students from Surabaya.