Johor Arts festival features rarely seen performances from local communities

Rarely seen dance: A captivating Orang Asli dance performance.

JOHOR BARU: Enthusiasts can watch in amazement as intricately-dressed dancers perform rarely seen traditional dances at the ongoing 10th Johor Baru Arts Festival here.

Festival director Suzie Yap said that the enchanting traditional dances from the Orang Asli community and folk dances from Sarawak are rarely performed nowadays.

“Not only are the dances representatives from the communities themselves but they are also dressed in intricately beaded costumes to give viewers a truly authentic feel,” she said when contacted.

She added that the traditional dances and other local heritage arts such as kuda kepang, wushu and silat demonstrations as well as the Chinese yoyo performance could be viewed during the weekends throughout the fest.

Dancers performing with elaborate head dresses and intricately beaded costumes during the ongoing 10th Johor Baru Arts Festival here.
Beautifully dressed: Dancers wearing intricately beaded costumes.

“We believe that preserving local arts is important and that is why we are featuring these cultural performances during the festival,” she said.

She added that other folk dances and modern performances would also be featured throughout the festival until Oct 5.

“The full schedule for the festival can be obtained from our Facebook page (JB Arts Festival) or our official website,” she said.

Yap added that some of the new performances this year include Fresco Harmonica, performances from the National Symphony Orchestra and two theatrical plays entitled Balada Perawan Johor and The Curse.

More than 70 performances, workshops and other activities will be featured throughout the festival.

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