MIRI: An over 2,000-strong crowd is expected to attend this year’s Highland Folk Music Festival in Long Bedian on Nov 25-26.
Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, who is organising chairman, said the festival will showcase and promote local music and culture, especially among the younger generation in a rural setting.
“It is promoted through social media, Internet and newspapers for visitors and tourists to come while the multi-ethnic Orang Ulu community will display their cultural dances and etc,” he said during a recent press conference.
It is jointly organised by the Telang Usan Community Service Centre, Miri Resident and District Office, Long Bedian village security and development committee and Federation of Orang Ulu Associations of Sarawak (Forum).
Dennis said the Kayan, Penan, Kelabit, Saban, Bisaya, Lun Bawang, Berawan, Kiput and Kenyah communities are expected to participate in the festival, which also celebrates Long Bedian being elevated to a sub-district under the Telang Usan District.
“The uniqueness of this cultural festival is it’s held far deep in the hinterland of Sarawak in Kampung Long Bedian and nearer to the Orang Ulu community’s lifestyle,” he said.
Dennis pointed out that the venue has natural attractions such as waterfalls, jungle lodging and local food. He said the organising committee will seek support from the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Tourism and Culture to further boost the event.
“We want to attract visitors to the rural area to enable the community to earn tourism money through selling genuine local crafts, food, homestay, transport etc,” he said, adding entry to the performance area will be free.
Dennis said the festival would also help to promote Mulu National Park packages as Long Bedian is en route to the area.