Jakarta, IO – The Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok presented the Reog Ponorogo dance at the Indonesian Cultural Night 2023 themed “Showcasing Indonesian Culture” recently held at the Pic Ganesha Theater Siam Square One, Bangkok.
The dance, themed Hastabrata, was performed by a troupe from the Brawijaya University. It tells the concept of policy and leadership wisdom in Javanese culture, especially East Java. The event was watched by the diplomatic corps and Thai citizens, per Kemlu.go.id, Friday (22/9).
“We want to bring East Javanese dances to the heart of Thailand, Bangkok, to the fullest so that Thai people can get to know East Javanese culture more intimately,” said Brawijaya University secretary Dr. Tri Wahyu Nugroho.
Wahyu explained that Reog Ponorogo was born during the Majapahit Kingdom and expanded its power in the archipelago. So, this dance has a very inherent history and must be preserved for the younger generations in Indonesia.
The Indonesian Cultural Night is part of the annual promotional activities of the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok. It aims to increase the knowledge and understanding of the Thai people regarding various investment, cultural and tourism opportunities.
“Indonesia Cultural Night 2023 is an effort to showcase the diversity of Indonesian culture, including Reog Poronogo, which has never been performed in Thailand. It is hoped that the exchange of cultural performances between Indonesia and Thailand will increase,” said Achmad Wicaksono, the education and culture attache at the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok. (bp)