"The purpose of this competition is not only to preserve one of the Minangkabau arts but also to educate residents and tourists," said Acting Head of the Tourism and Culture Office of Pariaman City Alfian at Pariaman, on Sunday.
He said that randai must continue to be preserved and passed on to the next generation so that one of the traditional Minangkabau arts is not lost by the times.
Therefore, to preserve randai and other arts, he said, the agency was fostering a number of art studios in the area and organizing competitions.
The competition was held on Saturday night by displaying five studios, while on Monday night featured four studios.
It is expected that the competition can lure young people to learn randai and provide information to tourists that the area is also still maintaining the arts.
"Moreover, randai is an interesting art witnessed by tourists," he said.
He said that besides the randai, there were a number of other competitions held at the festival, including the satay cooking competition, the coconut picking contest by monkey, the canoe race and Minang song competition.
Previously, Festival Pesona Gandoriah 2019 held by the Pariaman City Government to promote tourism in the area was officially opened and will be held until July 3, 2019 "This festival presents a number of nagari children's culture and games in Pariaman," said Mayor Pariaman, Genius Umar when opening the Festival Pesona Gandoriah 2019 at Pariaman, on Saturday.
Editor: Mutiara Ramadhani
Translated by: Internship Student of ANTARA 2019