PELEM FESTIVAL 2018
Pelem Festival (the Festival) was conceived in 2016 by compelling passion and relentless dedication for arts and culture of Jawa that Agung Gunawan, the director of Sampang Agung Centre for Performing Arts (SACPA) had held for years.
The aim of this Biennial festival is for the preservation of Javanese cultural heritage of dance and music, along with the attempt of continuous exploration on the contemporary aesthetics forms at the spiritual & historical natural environment in Pacitan, Indonesia. The Festival is also held in coincidence with Full Moon Festival which was founded in 2013 by SACPA to celebrate traditional and local music and dance at the farming and forestry community, where there is little access performing arts otherwise.
The Festival creates a rare opportunity for all invited artists to interact, witness, experience, exchange philosophical, cultural and artistic ideas and practices with Javanese locals, such as the SACPA students, technical and support staff and emerging & established local Javanese artists.
With the tranquil and unique 4 transformative performance sites built on the native landscape of the East Java countryside, Agung, the director of the Festival, wishes all artists to sense a breath of nature and dance within and beyond self.