Social activities

Welcome Dinner (free)

The welcome dinner will be free for everyone, and will be hosted by the Governor of Yogyakarta Special Province who is also the King of Yogyakarta. It will take place at Bangsal Kepatihan, the office of the Governor on Friday 3 January from 19.30 ? 21.30. Some classical dances including Sendratari Ramayana and some royal meals will be served to the distinguished guests.

Bangsal Kepatihan, the venue of Welcome Dinner

Music and Dance Night (optional)

This activity will be hosted by Yogyakarta State University at the Auditorium, YSU campus on Saturday 04 January from 19.30-21.30. Some musical performances featuring national artists, students and teachers of YSU will be presented. Participants will be invited to dance and play angklung, a musical instrument from west Java.


Folk  Art Performances and Dinner  (optional)

at Sekar Kedhaton Royal Ambarrukma

The participants will enjoy traditional and folk arts performance such as Jathilan, reyog ponorogo, ndayakan, barongsay and taste traditional foods cooked and presented like in the old days (using clay plates and banana leaves). This event will take place at Sekar Kedhaton, Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel on Sunday 05 January 2014 from 19.30-22.00


The Kedaton of Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel



Practiced in Java for centuries, Jathilan is a folk dance that uses the power of music and dance to channel powerful and sometimes terrifying forces. Led by a spiritual guide and a whip-bearing ringleader, a group of dancers ride woven horses in rhythmic unison until they are possessed by spirits. Once possessed they are engaged in a range of self-mortification behaviors until safely emerging from their altered state, left with no memory of the event and no lingering ill effects.

Ramayana Ballet

The Ramayana ballet is an art performance that is so beautiful and amazing that it rarely comparable. This performance harmoniously integrates various Javanese arts--dance, drama and music?on  one stage and one momentum to present the Ramayana story, a legendary epos written by Walmiki in the Sanskrit language.

The Ramayana story presented in this ballet is similar to that engraved on the Prambanan temple, which has been claimed as the most beautiful Hindu temple in the world. The story is found to be similar to the story in the oral tradition of  India. The long and straining story is summarized in four scenes, namely the kidnapping of Shinta, Anoman's mission to Alengka, the death of Kumbakarna or Rahwana, and the burning of Shinta ending in the romantic meeting of Rama-Shinta.

The entire story is presented in a series of dance movements by beautiful dancers accompanied by the Javanese gamelan orchestra. You are invited to totally engage in the story and observe each movement of the dancers to understand the coarse of the story.  As what a ballet is to be. there is no dialog among the dancers. The only storyteller is the sinden or the female singer who describes the coarse of the story through Javanese songs with her typical voice.



Angklung is an instrument made from joint pieces of bamboo. It consists of two to four bamboo tubes suspended within a bamboo frame, bound with rattan cords. The tubes are carefully whittled and cut by a master craftsperson to produce certain musical notes when the bamboo frame is shaken. Each angklung produces a single note or chord, so that several players must collaborate in order to play melodies.
The instrument has been known since ancient times in some parts of Indonesia, especially in West Java, Central Java, East Java, and Bali. The word ?angklung? was originated from Sundanese ?angkleung-angkleungan?, that means the movement of angklung player and the sound ?klung? that comes from the instrument.
In the past, angklung was an instrument that had as religious ritual function. It served as a medium to invite Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice or prosperity, to come down to earth and give fertility to the crops. Some villages now still include angklung in the Sundanese ritual traditions such as harvest rituals, ngaseuk pare, nginebkeun pare, ngampihkeun pare, seren taun, nadran, helaran, turun bumi, or sedekah bumi.
There is more to angklung than its soothing harmony as angklung also symbolizes human life. Angklung is not truly an angklung if it consists of only one tube. It symbolizes that humans cannot stand solitary; one needs others in life. The large and small tubes also illustrate the development of human life.  The small tube illustrates that every person has dreams and desires to become someone ?greater?, as symbolized by the large tube. As the angklung is shaken, both tubes create a harmony illustrating life (as it should be).

Poco-Poco Dance

Poco-poco is a type of dance. It is popular among the Indonesian people of all ages. It has been passed down from generation to generation. It is originated from Great Grandmother of  the Yospan community in the Papua region and the Wayase community of the Ambon region. The dance is popular among children and adults not only in Indonesia alike, but also in Malaysia.
Poco-poco is named after its original singer, Arie Sapulette. He was inspired when he saw a chubby girl dancing aggressively in a party. Suddenly, the word ?poco-poco? came to him. Arie composed the poco-poco song, ?Poco-poco?. By the time he moved to Jakarta in 1995, Yopie Latul sang his song again.
The steps depend on the music range from dangdut to cha-cha, based on farming activities such as picking cloves, planting rice, and peeling coconut rice.


Reog is a traditional dance that becomes the main identity for Ponorogo Regency. Reog has originated from a story about the struggle made by a prince in proposing to a beautiful princess. However, the struggle is symbolized through the Reog?s mythical battle between the King of Ponorogo and the magical lion-like creature called Singa Barong. Singa Barong is a large mask usually made of tiger's or leopard's head skin. Upon the mask is attached a large fan adorned with peafowl feathers. The Singa Barong mask was notoriously heavy, weighing  30-40 kgs being born by  the dancer with his teeth holding the deadly heavy mask.