Provincial Tourism Officer Alphonsus Tesoro said that the international event with the theme "Cultural Connectivity through Dance" will be participated in by dance performers from the United States of America, England, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Cuba, Taiwan, Hongkong and Philippines.
The country will tap 19 dance groups from different provinces to participate in the Dance Xchange that will be staged by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Committee on Dance, provincial government of Capiz and the Sigmahanon Foundation for Culture and the Arts, a theater group based in Capiz.
During a press conference, Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco, Sr. said that the upcoming activity will put the province in the international tourism map.
"This time we are going international and the challenge is getting bigger and bigger," Tanco noted.
The four-day affair will be the third international event to be held under the administration of Gov. Tanco after the Global Peace Festival and the Dungog: Indigenous Peoples (IP) Festival which both drew thousands of participants locally and internationally and gave Capiz extra publicity mileage.
Tesoro added that this event is in line with the Philippine celebration of the International Dance Day and in accordance with Presidential Proclamation No. 154 which declared the last week of April as the "National Dance Week."
He added that the Dance Xchange is also one of the banner projects of the Philippines as the ASEAN Cultural Capital for 2010-2011.
The Dance Xchange aims to strengthen international dance network, showcase the unique dances of each country to facilitate cultural understanding, provide venue for interaction and facilitate learning among dancers, directors, dance teachers and choreographers, encourage the creation of new works, and provide a platform for local and foreign choreographers and dancers to stage their works.