The activity was held to preserve the Minangkabau silek tradition and conduct a retreat to introduce the origin of traditional martial arts to international silat lovers and the local community.
"Silat is a Minangkabau tradition that is a reflection of regional culture. This event is to support this art to be sustainable, "said Padang Panjang Mayor, Fadly Amran in Padang Panjang on Saturday.
According to him, participation of fighters to foreign countries can strengthen the position of silat as an Indonesian cultural wealth that can be enjoyed and studied by other citizens.
In addition to fighter from abroad, Silek Retreat was also followed by fighter from various universities in W Sumatra and fighter from Jawa Barat and Jawa Timur.
On that occasion, the Mayor also said that his party received suggestions from participants and the people who witnessed so that the event could continue to be improved.
Head of the Padang Panjang Tourism Office, Hendri Fauzan added that the event will be held at three locations in Padang Panjang namely the Bancah Laweh Sports Center, the Koto Panjang Silek Arena and the tourism complex of the Minangkabau Cultural Documentation and Information Center (PDIKM).
At the opening ceremony, on Saturday, August 31, the participants presented curation attractions and participant parade to several crowd locations in Padang Panjang.
While in the next five days a number of activities will be carried out namely saluang dendang bagurau, silek lanyah attractions, silek workshops, city tours in Padang Panjang, and a number of other art attractions.
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Editor: Mutiara Ramadhani
Translated by: Internship Student of ANTARA 2019