President to invite Pontianak dancers to palace

President to invite Pontianak dancers to palace

Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. (ANTARA)

Pontianak, West Kalimantan (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will invite Pontianak dancers group to perform the "Gerak Khatulistiwa" or Equator Motion dance at the presidential palace on the independence day commemoration on August 17, 2011.

"I will invite the three dancing groups to dance before the palace on the Indonesian independence day commemoration on August 17," Yudhoyono said at the eighth commemoration of the Society Mutual Cooperation month devotion here on Tuesday.

The president expressed his wish to invite the Pontianak dancing groups after looking on the dance motion performed by three dancing groups at the capital city of West Kalimantan province.

The "Gerak Khatulistiwa" or Equator Motion dance illustrated the natural wealth and cultural grandeur in Pontianak.

The three dances showed the harmony among cultures, especially the Dayak and Chinese cultures.

"That dance is good," said Yudhoyono who was immediately followed by the audience applause.

The president at the moment also told the West Kalimantan govenor Cornelis that the dancers can perform their dancing at the palace.

Aside from that, Yudhoyono also touched on the national identity and local wisdom.

According to the president, basically the identity of Indonesian people is a peace-loving community, conducting mutual respect, upholding manners and local wisdom.

"Never leave the identity, values ​​and personality of the nation," the president said.

The increasing of public affairs can be achieved by having the national identity and mutual cooperation, Yudhoyono believed.

On the occasion, the president also held dialog with a number of heads of villages including religious leaders.
(Uu.F008/B003/HAJM)

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