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Place to See Traditional Art Performances

Place to See Traditional Art Performances

Malam Bagurau (Traditional Party Night)

Malam Bagurau is a performance of traditional arts, such as Randai, traditional dances, theater, music, songs and many others that is supported by the official tourism department of the province. Malam Bagurau is held every Saturday night from 8pm until 10pm at Galanggang Silieh Baganti Theater, located at the Tourism Department Office in Padang.

Watch “Malam Bergurau” performance:

West Sumatera Cultural Center

The West Sumatera Cultural Center sometimes holds traditional dance competitions in its open theater or painting exhibitions in its gallery. Please contact the office number below to know further about the events.

Click the picture on the left for more and bigger photos of Taman Budaya Provinsi Sumatera Barat.

Location : Jl. Diponegoro No. 31, Padang
Telephone : +62 751 22752
Entrance fee : free
Operating hours : daily, 8am–4pm
Facilities : toilets, open theatre, gallery, parking area, toilets (poorly maintained), mushalla (praying room for Moslem)
How to get there : take the white or orange angkot from “Pasar Raya” terminal. Fare: Rp. 2,000
Remarks : suggest to call this office prior to coming here to confirm events that to be performed.

Lion Dance (Barongsai)

“Barongsai” is a Chinese traditional art that is performed on new building opening ceremony, welcoming guests, at Indonesian Independence Day, and so on. Barongsai is played by 2 persons or more, mimicing a lion's movements in a lion, or a mythical dragon, costume. The Barongsai Hong Beng Tong Group from Padang awarded the fifth best Barongsai Performance during the Barongsai World Champion in Genting Highland, Malaysia.

Watch Lion Dance performance:

Dragon Boat

Dragon Boat is a boat race representing groups or villages. Participants decorate their boat with various colors and designs in order to make their boats look more attractive. The local race here becomes international, since it is participated by contestants from neighboring countries, such as Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philipines, South Korea, Vietnam.

Watch Dragon Boat competition:

Tabuik Festival

Tabuik Festival is a ritual festival in Pariaman, near Padang, that has become an annual program in the province’s tourism calendar. This annual Islamic festival is held to commemorate the heroic battle of Muhammad’s two grandchildren, Hasan and Husein. Symbolic coffins (with a height of 12 meter to 15 meter) and models of Bouraq, a mythical winged horse with a human face who brought them into heaven, are marched through streets in the town of Pariaman alongside with traditional music and dances. At the end of the festival, participants will cast the symbolic coffins and Bouraq models into the sea at Gondoriah Beach.

Watch Dragon Boat competition:

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