KUCHING: The 28th Irau Aco Lun Bawang Festival will be held in Trusan, Lawas, this year.
The annual event from May 29 to 31 will take place for the first time in Kampung Long Tuan, about 40 minutes by car from Lawas.
Sarawak Lun Bawang Association (PLBS) president Ipoi Datan said there will be a galore of interesting cultural activities that will include river boating, rafting, and ‘sigar’ headgear design competition. Those are besides the usual activities such as exhibition, sales booths, heritage talks and so on.
“The festival will be officiated at on May 30 by the chief minister. Highlights of the festival will be the Ruran Ulung and Padan Liu Burung competition similar to Kumang and Keling competition.
“We also invite Malays, Chinese, Kedayans, Tagals and Ibans to join us in the festival,” he told a press conference at the Museum Department office recently.
He said this year’s festival, which they themed ‘Mekail Pepua, Pupuh Megala’, will be an interesting experience for both local and foreign tourists to learn more about the Lun Bawang culture.
Ipoi hoped to see more visitors this year as Trusan is close to Lawas.
“Visitors can easily get access to Kampung Long Tuan by car from Lawas, Limbang and Kota Kinabalu, or by plane from Miri. Visitors can stay in hotels or inns in Lawas, or they can arrange for temporary homestays at Kampung Long Tuan.
“We also invite the Lun Bawang community in Brunei and the Lun Dayeh community from Sabah and north Kalimantan to take part,” he said.
Also present at the press conference were PLBS secretary Neil Paul Sakai and PLBS Kuching branch deputy chairperson Lydia Peru.