Requios wins Worldwide Eisa Festival again

Requios wins Worldwide <em>Eisa</em> Festival again

October 8, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Eisa groups from both inside and outside Okinawa competed in the Worldwide Eisa Festival held at the National Theater Okinawa in Urasoe on October 6. Thirty groups, including some from overseas entertained the audience with their unique dance performances using both traditional and innovative eisa styles.

The creative performance group Requios won the Grand Prix, and so took the top award in the festival for the second year in a row.

The organizers shortened the event from two days to one day because Typhoon Fitow was heading towards Okinawa on October 5.

The Kobudo Drum Group Kazanomai won the second prize followed by Eisa-Crew Crown.

As an extra prize, the organizer awarded the winner the right to create an original eisa song.

Toshito Teruya, the leader of the group said, “We have won the competition for two years in a row thanks to the support of many people. It is great that the audience enjoyed our performances.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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