Festival Dolanan Bocah Solo Surakarta (Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta)

Dolanan is a Javanese word for games and bocah is a Javanese word for kid.

Another annual cultural event that you should stick it on your list of event to go in Solo Surakarta Indonesia, Festival Dolanan Bocah Solo Surakarta or Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta. Not much children nowadays know or play Javanese traditional games like old times. But not much doesn’t mean extinct. Festival Dolanan Bocah Solo Surakarta or Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta was held by Solo Surakarta Department of Culture and Tourism regularly once a year. It falls exactly at the school holiday season in Indonesia.

Festival Dolanan Bocah Solo Surakarta or Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta is a cultural event that was used by the Solo Surakarta local government since 2010 to conserve the traditional children’s games from the extinction. There are so many traditional games in Java. There are traditional playground games or outdoor games like engklek (hopscotch), lompat tali (jump rope), delikan (hide and seek) or indoor games like dakon (mancala), bekelan (Jacks and ball), etc. The Festival Dolanan Bocah Solo Surakarta or Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta used to be held in Gladag area or Plaza Sriwedari. All of the performers in the Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta are children; most of them are elementary school’s students. These children are coming from chosen art galleries or elementary schools in Solo Surakarta.

Most of the performers will be dressed up in a traditional costume and play a drama-like performance which consist of three to four traditional children’s games. Some of the team member will play the performance and some others will play the traditional music, like gamelan, to accompany the performance. It’s a funny kids’ performance that you could only find at Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta. The Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta 2012 was held last May 18th – 20th, 2012. The next Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta will fall around the same month next year. Just be sure when the time comes you should come to watch this interesting traditional festival of Traditional Children’s Games Festival Solo Surakarta.

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