The recently concluded “Malam Festari” (Dance Fest Night), jointly organised by the Department for Arts and Culture Perak and the Perak Arts Council, managed to unearth fresh talents from among the youths, especially college students. This was the primary objective of the festival which was held in September with the finals taking place on Saturday, September 22 at the department’s auditorium in Jalan Caldwell.
According to department director, Abdul Mutalib Abd Rahman, the event was the first of its kind in the state. “Besides sourcing for fresh talents, the fest will enable choreographers in the state to come up with creative dance routines for general viewing,” said Mutalib to Ipoh Echo. “It’s an opportune moment for them to innovate,” he added.
The finals saw three dance groups vying for top honours. Each was required to perform two dance numbers, one traditional and the other its own creation. The group from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Seri Iskandar was adjudged the winner. The dancers took home a cash prize of RM2,000 and certificates of appreciation. Second spot went to Politeknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh who gave the UTP dancers a run for their money. The team won RM1,500. The dancers from Kolej Profesional Mara put on a remarkable performance but could only manage a third placing. They won RM1,000. Dato’ Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin gave away the prizes.