MIRI: To promote the Dayak-Iban culture, the Dayak Association Miri (DAM) has initiated a ‘Karnival Kebudayaan Dayak Iban’ (Dayak Iban Cultural Carnival) scheduled for May 23.
It is hosted primarily to preserve the culture on traditional Iban costumes, music and dance.
“We hope this will serve as an eye-opener and an encouragement to the younger generations of the Dayak-Iban community.
“And above all, to promote Miri to the outside world through the cultural activities,” DAM’s deputy president Wilfred Mac said yesterday.
Through participation, it would foster a closer relationship between the public and the Dayak communities, he added.
The carnival is organised in conjunction with the celebration of ‘2015 Miri City Day’.
According to Wilfred, among interesting activities lined up are competitions on ‘ngajat’ (Iban traditional dance by men and women), ‘Beranyam’ (weaving), ‘Nyumpit’ (blowpipe for men and women) and ‘Betabuh’ (gong-beating).
Entry forms are available at DAM’s building at Jalan Merpati.
Alternatively, call DAM’s office at 085-435467 (office hours), Jacqueline Selaka (016-8786205) or Julia Jugak (010-7674058).