Surabaya possesses a similar culture to the Central Java region, which explains why these two regions speak the same language only with a different accent. Aside from language, the culture and festivals in Surabaya have great similarities to the ones of the Central Java region, many of which have a deep emphasis on art and the performing arts.
A great range of East Java performing arts can be sampled in Surabaya. One of these is the Reog, which is an old and unique performance of the Java region. Here, the performer rides a flat bamboo horse and is whipped into a trance state while odd-looking characters look on. It may seem like a weird performance when described this way but it is a surreal experience that can only be appreciated when seen in the flesh. [Read more…]