A bright and colorful cultural ceremony at the Siriwijaya Stadium in
The opening ceremony began with an Indonesian folk performance showing interesting movements under tech colored laser lighting. About 100 children and 3,500 youth dressed in traditional costumes took part in the show.
|The Vietnam sport delegation pass by the stadium|
Singing star Agnes Monica of the host country, music band KC Conception of the
Sports delegations and flags of participating nations were paraded on boat-shaped vehicles, each carrying a typical image of each nation.
Olympic 1992 badminton champion Susi Susanti of
The spectacular opening ceremony of the region's biggest sports festival captured the attention of thousands of athletes, coaches, officials assembled and more than 10,000 spectators witnessing the performances by artists who had been practicing for several months.
The biennial Games involve 11 nations in sports from athletics and swimming to sepak takraw – a cross between football and volleyball – are being held in the Indonesian capital of
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At the Games, which will run until November 22, athletes will take part in 46 sports events competing for 545 sets of medals.
The three-hour ceremony ended with a performance of fireworks and lights in the sky and the song ‘Together We Can Give’, composed by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.