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The Regency of Banyuwangi is located at the easternmost end of the Indonesian island of Java, and it is a very strategic area for one who wants to go to Bali. It is surrounded by mountainous and woody areas to the west; by sea to the east and south. Banyuwangi is only separated by Strait of Bali from Bali.
Banyuwangi is — as are other Indonesian areas — a heterogeneous area where many ethnic groups are mingled and live together under the same roof. One of the native groups is the Osing community which has a distinctly Hindu culture although they are considered a Javanese sub-ethnic group. They live mainly in the central part of Banyuwangi and they sometimes consider themselves as Majapahit descendants. Other groups are Javanese (living mostly in the south and west), Madurese (mainly in the north and coastal area) and Balinese (scattered but more concentrated in the east). Other smaller groups are Chinese, Buginese, Arabs etc.
For its location along Java–Bali road, Banyuwangi is rich in culture, where Javanese, Madurese, Balinese and other cultures had met. This area has got unique arts, traditions and natures. Besides, Banyuwangi has its own trademark such as :
Gandrung Dance; This is a Banyuwangi-typical dance which performed by a woman and along with simple music like violin, triangle (called kluncing), Gong (or kempul), Kendhang and sometimes with keyboard as result of modern influence. It is performed during night until dawn particularly in parties.
Janger or Damarwulan; It is a traditional theatre art which has been developed since the 19th century in Banyuwangi. This theatre is a combination between Balinese, Javanese and local cultures. Balinese influences can be seen in its performers' costumes (which remind to Arja costumes)and instruments, meanwhile Javanese influences is in its "lakon" or stories as well as language in dialogues. It is distinct to Balinese Janger.