The Bener Meriah Regency in Aceh is set to represent Indonesia at the ABU International Dance Festival 2019 in India.
RRI has revealed that a group from the Bener Meriah Regency in Aceh will represent Indonesia at the second edition of the ABU International Dance Festival next month in New Delhi, India.
The regency was invited by the Indonesia broadcaster RRI to find a group to represent Indonesia at the event in India. The regency is known for Tari Guel and will be showcasing its cultural heritage to the Asia-Pacific region. Tari Guel is according to experts a combination of dance, literary stories and musical art.
The ABU International Dance Festival will be hosted at the Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi from March 7 to 9, is the largest edition of the ABU International Dance Festival to date.
Alongside the host nation of India, the following countries will be participating in the event:
- Afghanistan – Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA)
- Bangladesh – Bangladesh Television (BTV)
- Bhutan – Bhutan – Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS)
- Cameroon – African Union of Broadcasting (AUB)
- China – Shandong Radio and TV Station (SDRT)
- Fiji – Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
- Lebanon – Radio Lebanon
- Indonesia – Television Republic Indonesia (TVRI)
- Nepal – Radio Tulsipur FM
- Malaysia – Ministry of Culture Sarawak
- Russia – All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK)
- Thailand – Thai Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS)
- Turkmenistan – Television Turkmenistan (TVTM)
- Uzbekistan – National television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan
- Vanuatu – Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation
Bangladesh, Russia, Lebanon and Vanuatu are all making their debut appearances at an Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union event with their own national broadcasters. While Bhutan, China, Lebanon, Thailand and Turkmenistan will all be debuting. Nations who took part in 2017 but are not taking part this year are Azerbaijan, Maldives and the Philippines.
Groups can take part in two categories; Traditional and Contemporary Dance. The rules for the first ABU International Dance Festival were as follows:
- Two dances can be submitted per country, one for the traditional dance (showcase/non-competitive) and one for the contemporary dance (competitive).
- Each performance may last no longer than 8 minutes.
- Each performance may feature between 2 and 8 people
- Participants must be aged between 18 and 25 years old at the time of the event.