Dance to save Indonesian park

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

GAYO LUES, Indonesia, 15 August 2017: More than 10,000 people turned out in Indonesia’s Aceh at the weekend to stage a record-breaking song and dance performance stressing the need to conserve a threatened national park in the westernmost province.

The men, clad in elaborate black and yellow traditional costumes, sat in neat rows, clapping their hands on their shoulders and laps and moving in an increasingly fast-paced rhythm to a traditional song.

The saman, or “the dance of a thousand hands”, is one of the country’s most popular. In 2011 it was included in the UNESCO list of items of intangible cultural heritage. Read more