|Four nationals and 10 international contingents are set to perform in the International Folklore Festival which will last for eight days / Photo by S-Kay via Wikipedia|
Festivals are also an avenue to celebrate culture and traditions. The International Folklore Festival, which is held at Koronodal City, Philippines on 11th of August, will feature hundreds of local and international cultural performances. The event called 'Pyesta Kolon Datal: International Folklore Festival' will be celebrated for eight days. Daily showcases of international and local cultures through dances, songs, and traditional instruments will be the highlight of the event.
City Mayor Peter Miguel said that the city has prepared "bigger and grander" events for the festival. "We're ready and excited to witness another spectacular display of diverse cultural heritage and folk arts of our participating local and international performers,” he said. About four national and 10 international contingents are set to perform in the festival, including the city’s famed Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe. Performers from various countries such as Caribbean Islands, Republic of Estonia, Romania, Republic of South Africa, Tahiti (French Polynesia), Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Russia, and India will grace the event. The Philippines will be represented by the University of the Philippines-Diliman Dance Company, ECD Dance Company of Iloilo City and the Sining Kambayoka Ensemble of the Mindanao State University-Marawi City campus.
According to an article by the Philippine News Agency, each performer will have repertoires of authentic and contemporary dances that represent their local culture. Through this, Koronadal City is not just celebrating the diverse culture in the event, they are also promoting the city as an international cultural and tourist destination. "We want to project that Mindanao is largely a peaceful place and has lots to offer, especially in terms of cultural tourism," Miguel said.
The event was organized by the city government in collaboration with the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF). Since 1970, the CIOFF has been spearheading efforts in “safeguarding, promotion, and diffusion of traditional culture and folklore” in over 110 countries.