The Indonesian Embassy Dance Group "Enchanted Rose of Nusantara" (PMN) had participated in the Thracian Folk Festival in Stara Zagora 9-10 August 2014. The group which consisted of 4 (four) dancers was appreciated by the audience. The group performed a dynamic dance from Bali (Puspa-Wresti) and from West Sumatra (tari payung).
The festival was aimed to preserve the "Thracian culture" and attracted the tourists to the natural attractions and hot water Stara Zagorski Mineralni Bani. The festival was opened by the Deputy Mayor Starazagora Municipality Cultural Affairs, Ivanka Sotirova, on August 9, 2014.
The opening ceremony was also attended by Indonesian Ambassador, Bunyan Saptomo, officials from the city government and the Chairman of the Organization Thracian Culture, Petra Mancheva.
Indonesian ambassador was the only ambassador who was invited on the festival, and was honored to deliver a speech. In his speech the ambassador introduced to the audience about Indonesian geographical location, population, cultures including dance and other notable things about Indonesia. The Ambassador also thanked the Stara Zagora Municipality for the invitation of the Embassy’s Dance Group PMN to participate in this cultural activity.
Indonesian traditional dance was the only foreign traditional dance performed at this festival. There were about 150 dance groups from all over Bulgaria participated. According to the committee, during the two-day festivals the numbers of the visitor were estimated 4000 visitors attended the event. Indonesian dance group had the honor to perform at the closing ceremony of the festival on August 10, 2014.
Some audiences who witnessed the performance of PMN expressed that they impressed by the dances for the beauty of the movement, the music as well as the colorful costumes. The Indonesian dance performances in Stara Zagora this month was the second performance in the last ten years.
City of Stara Zagora is located 231 km from Sofia and the sixth largest city in Bulgaria with a population of 213 444 inhabitants. While the tourist town of Bani Mineralni Stara Zagorski is a small town located 15 km from the town of Stara Zagora. In this city there are several hotels and spas that utilize the hot springs of the surrounding mountains. Noted there are two (2) spa therapists from Indonesia who work in Stara Zagorski Mineralni Bani.