KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman yesterday launched the promotion for the 11th Sabah International Folklore Festival 2016 (SIFF) at the compound of Wisma Innoprise here yesterday.
Eleven countries, including Malaysia, will be participating in the 11th SIFF to be held from July 24 to 30 at the Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang.
The participating countries are Australia, Ireland, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Estonia, South Korea, Republic of Sakha Yakutia Russia and Malaysia.
Also those present were the three deputy chief ministers — Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah and Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan as well as Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
According to Sabah Cultural Board chairman Tan Sri Wences Angang at the launch of the promotion drive for the festival at Wisma Innoprise, they were also waiting for the confirmation from Kazakhstan to take part in the festival.
“If they join, then we will have 12 countries participating,” he said.
There are three main programmes in this year’s SIFF with the theme “Warrior”.
These include the KK City Folklore Parade on July 26 from 2pm to 5pm here; the Sabah Traditional Food and Handicraft Exhibition at the Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang on July 25 to July 30; and the main event, the International Folk Dance competition from July 28 to July 30.
The competition’s main event will be taking place on July 28 and Musa is expected to grace the event.
Meanwhile, the Head of State, Tun Dr Juhar Datuk Haji Mahirddin is expected to attend the finale on July 30 at 7pm at the Sabah Cultural Centre.
Aside from the main event, photographers documenting the event are also invited to take part in the photography competition.
Participation forms for the competition are available from Rinah Lingom (telephone: 088-268851/254958).
Tickets for the events are sold at RM30 each for adults and RM10 for children and students aged 17 and below.
The tickets are sold at Wisma Budaya, Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang and the Sabah Art GAllery Conservation Centre.
Further information about the event can be obtained via their website at http://www.siffborneo.com.
Meanwhile, the Tugu Budaya event for schools will not be held this year due to monetary constraints.
“We will have it next year,” said Wences.