In conjunction with the 68th anniversary of Kulon Progo Regency, the Department of Cultural Office together with Youth Community (Karang Taruna) held a final event of ” Nglarak Blarak ” as ” Menoreh Art Festival (MAF) 2019 ” series of events. The special event was participated by 12 Districts in Kulon Progo Regency at Wates Square on Saturday, October 12, 2019.
The event was opened by hitting the gong, followed by rolling a basket by the Deputy Regent of Kulon Progo, the Regional Secretariat, the Head of Department of Cultural Office and the sub-district heads in Kulon Progo and Forkopimda. District of Sentolo became the first-best, second-best won by the District of Wates followed by the District of Kokap as third-best and District of Temon won fourth-best. The Head of Department of Cultural Office, Drs. Untung Waluyo which is also the event committee chairman mentioned that Districts level participated in the event followed by 87 villages and 1 sub-district. This activity is the final peak that will be contested from all the champions of each District.
“Since the last three years, we have held Nglarak Blarak festival every September and October to commemorate the anniversary of the youth community, commemorating the youth oath as well as commemorating the 68th anniversary of Kulon Progo Regency. The third Ngalarak Blarak fefought overprizes in a total of Rp. 83 million. Hopefully, the event would be better.” he explained.
While the Deputy Regent of Kulon Progo Regency, Drs. Sutedjo in his speech said that traditional games are one of the characters and characteristics of local culture from Indonesia. Traditional games are the nation’s cultural wealth that has noble values to be passed on to children as the next generation.
“Nglarak Blarak itself is considered as the perfect combination for education, achievement and recreation. We hope that this game can later be disseminated further to the general public, especially the younger generation,” he said.
We hope that this activity can be held continuously with such hope that the people of Kulon Progo Regency will always remember their traditional games owned by the Kulon Progo community themselves as part of this beloved Indonesian nation. Besides that, the traditional games can be preserved to all corners of the archipelago as a cultural heritage.
“Nglarak Blarak ” whose inspiration is taken from the activities of coconut dwellers is a game using coconut leaf midribs (blarak), sap accelerator (bumbung), coconut baskets, and accompanied by gamelan music. This traditional games gradually took part in national and international level competitions and became the first winner of Asia Pacific in 2017.
The event was attended by the Chairperson of the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY) Cultural Council, the Chairperson of the Kulon Progo Regency Cultural Council, the Regional Leadership Coordination Forum (Forkompimda), the Regional Government Organization (OPD), Heads of District and the Village Heads of Kulon Progo Regency, Youth Community (Karang Taruna) of Kulon Progo Regency and Youth Community (Purna Karang Taruna) of Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY).
Source: Media Center of Kulon Progo Regency