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Awaking Youth Creativity through Ogoh-Ogoh Competition  

by on Friday, 22 January 2010One Comment | 1,054 views


Government of Denpasar Municipality will hold an Ogoh-Ogoh competition among Sekeha Teruna (youth organization) in Denpasar Municipality to welcome the New Year Caka 1932. This competition is not just a part of ritual but also a medium for expressing creativity for youth, especially youth organization in Denpasar. This was conveyed by IB Rai D. Mantra, the Mayor of Denpasar in his speech before Sekaa Teruna of Denpasar Municipality.

Rai Mantra further stated that ogoh-ogoh competition that is held this year is an expression of government attention to cope with development of youth creativity. This competition will be able to give more space to the young to express their ideas and creativity. Culture-based creativities have been shown by the youth in various events such as kite competitions, ogoh-ogoh, traditional sports such as metajog, mecingklak, gale-gale and others. “This is a very proud moment for me because when we are entering the global competition “identity “has a very important meaning,” he added. Rai Mantra placed great hopes to Sekeha Teruna creativity in passing on the creativity to the community through creative design and innovation in this competition that he is ready to facilitate.

The Village Council of Denpasar Pekraman, Made Karim provided more insight on the role of youth organization. He explained that the youth organization has strategic roles and functions in social life. According to him Sekeha Teruna is “panak banjar” (children of community) that will continue the works their parents as well as the cultural heir.

Each youth organization received Rp.3, 5 million to cover up the cost of making the ogoh-ogoh.  The judgment will be divided in two session, first session on the district level that will choose 3 district champion that will serve as the representation of each district for Municipality level assessment on city square.

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  • One Comment »

    • dee said:

      I recon this is a brilliant idea, as its not just about tradition but it also involved the youngster to participate and be proud of their tradition and culture. This competition helps to keep the balinese spirits and culture alive!

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