Monday, August 3

Exhibitions to enhance cultural experience at Sabah Fest


KOTA KINABALU: While the Sabah Fest 2011 performance nights will be a dazzling display of traditional dances and musical presentations, the Sabah Fest exhibition also to be held on April 30 and May 1 is set to feature Sabah’s unique craft creations, ethnic recipes and locally made products.

More than 30 booths comprising handicraft stalls, traditional food and beverages, Borneo pearls, batik and exquisite paintings of local artists will be at the foyer of the Magellan Grand Ballroom from 10am to 10pm to enrich the Sabah Fest 2011 experience.

This exhibition is open to the public for free.

Visitors will be exposed to the art of the locals and craft stalls are each manned by the Kadazandusun, Murut, Rungus, Bajau, Bajau Laut, Iranun, Lundayeh and Brunei Malay communities. They will be displaying and selling crafts unique to their culture.

This is a perfect time to see skilled crafts people at work and a chance to purchase hard-to-find items, from hand-woven baskets to intricately-carved Sea Bajau lepas (wooden boat replicas).

Beads-making specialist Nonjiring Mantuku from Kampung Tinangol in Kudat, who has been in this industry for 45 years, will also be presenting her works.

Textile lovers of traditional woven cloths of Dastar, Mugah and Sambitan will have the opportunity to meet well-known Hajah Pandian from Kota Belud, who has been in involved in the local tapestry industry for 50 years. She will be showing how these clothes are woven.

Another highlight of the two-day event is the food exhibition consisting of local cuisines, local snack or kuih-muih such as Kuih Cincin, Ampalang and Kekara.

Visitors will also be able to sample other locally produced products such as KPD Honey and Coconut Honey, Sabah Chocolate, Sabah Tea, Tenom Coffee, cocoa and ginger products. SIRIM will also be participating for the first time in this year’s exhibition featuring glass, crystal and foundry products.

These exhibitions are part of the grand Sabah Fest 2011 which will kick start with the Cultural Extravaganza on April 30 and Premiere Show on May 11 at 7pm at the Magellan Grand Ballroom at Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu.

Sabah Fest 2011 is brought to by Sabah Tourism Board and is organised by its wholly-owned subsidiary company Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd. The event is open to the Public.

Tickets are priced at RM50 per show and RM30 for students. For reservations or purchase, please contact Jane Lai (Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd) at 088-232121 or Shirley Teo (Sabah Tourism Board) at 088-212121.