KOTA KINABALU: A total of 11 countries will take part in the 11th Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF) scheduled to take place on July 28.
The participating countries would be Australia, Estonia, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun during a press conference held at his office yesterday.
He added that the participants were required to pay a fee of USD30 for each of their members.
The fee would go towards paying for the cost of organising the festival.
Meanwhile, the festival would be launched by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman on July 28 at the Penampang Cultural Centre at 7pm.
The finale of the event would be held on July 30 and would be attended by Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and his wife Toh Puan Hajjah Norlidah R.M. Jasni.
He said a photography competition would also be held and photographers covering the events from July 25 to July 30 are encouraged to take part.
The participation fee is RM30 per person.
The first prize winner will win RM1,500. The second prize winner will win RM1,000 and third will win RM700. A total of 10 consolation prizes worth RM300 each will also be given away.
In addition, a selfie and wifie as weekly quiz will also be held. The closing date for participation is July 29.
Further information concerning the festival and competitions is available at the Sabah Art Gallery.
Meanwhile, tickets for the 11th SIFF are now on sale at RM30 per adult and RM10 per child and students 17 years old and under.