Music, dance lead fiesta
By JULIA ILES
THE multicultural Five Senses Festival next Sunday in Market Square, Grafton, will provide a free array of international music and dance.
It will feature cultures as diverse as Filipino, Indonesian and German. A Balinese dance of welcome will be performed by Clarence Valley residents Yennie Davis and Nyoman Santhi. It portrays young girls bearing a heavily engraved bowl, called a bokor, laden with flowers.
During the dance, the flowers are scattered over the guests.
Mrs Davis often performed the Gabor dance during her childhood.
"We moved to Bali when I was 10 years old, where I lived for seven years, during this time I learned Balinese culture including dancing," she said.
"From Bali I moved to Sydney in 1974 with my family; this was due to my father's government job as a diplomat."
Mrs Davis will also run a angklung workshop, 4-4.30pm.
"The angklung is a traditional bamboo musical instrument that originates from West Java," she said.
"It is made up of several bamboo pipes and can produce various melodic sounds; you don't have to hit it, all you have to do is shake it with your hands to produce the tone."