Indonesia through East Kalimantan Province, ready to hold an International Festival Zapin arranged in Festival Kemilau dan Seni Budaya Etam (The Shine and Etam Cultural Art Festival). Zapin International Dance Festival will be followed by some neighbor countries such as Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia.
Actually Jepen Dance is not as popular as Wayang Orang. Though this Malay traditional dance and coastal communities is quite energetic with a wave of the hand, the music and singing in the breath rhythm of Islam. As social dance, dance to music Jepen harp and sometimes interspersed unrequited rhyme. This dance is usually performed at weddings and circumcision ceremonies, as well as to welcome the guests of honor.
But in Brunei, this dance is popular dance. As a southeast Asian country located on Borneo between the states of Sabah and Sarawak which are part of Malaysia. Brunei shares some Cultural perspectives and links with the countries of South East Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines. Although Brunei has similarities with others, there are significant differences in terms of culture and heritage including its folk music, folk dance, and folk stories. The strong Islamic influence means that dance performances and music are somewhat restricted.
All judges in the race are the judges qualified and familiar with the rules of dance Zapin. In addition they are also perpetrators of dance and very familiar with the history of and Zapin Dance.
Besides Zapin Dance International, he continued, in a series of Sheen's Festival, East Kalimantan Cultural Park also held a number of dance and traditional arts area. The competition was followed by 14 counties and cities in East Kalimantan. Traditional art is a Rural Creative Dance (Dance Dayak), Regional Creative Music (Tingkilan), and Coastal Creative Dance (Jepen).
This Jepen Festival is expected to give the value of cultural pride for Kalimantan and also the means to conduct tourism promotion. It will attract more tourist to visit and stay in Kalimantan due to this event.
The festival is the fourth festival, previously held in 2009 and 2010 in Tarakan, and 2011 and then in Berau, East Kalimantan.