The Campak Dance

Learn about the famous traditional dance of the Bangka Belitung islands near Sumatra in Indonesia.

Expressing happiness
The Campak dance was originally performed to express happiness during the harvest season. Today, the dance is presented at traditional weddings and other cultural events in Bangka Belitung.

Cultural mix
Performed since the Portuguese colonial era, Campak mixes European and local influences, which can be seen in the dancers’ bright costumes; the women’s colourful European dresses; and men’s baju kurung Malay attire.

Join in the fun!
As this is a happy dance, spectators can join in the fun by giving the dancers money.

Accompanied by instruments
The dance is performed by young men and women in couples, their dynamic movements accompanied by drum, gong, violin and accordion.