Wednesday, February 1

5,000 expected at Irau Aco Lun Bawang festival in Lawas

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Dolphina (second left) is accompanied by committee members and Ruran Ulung 2019 Morina George (second right) during a visit to Tamu Lawas last week to promote Irau Aco Lun Bawang.

MIRI (Aug 17): Some 5,000 visitors are expected to throng Lawas town from Sept 2-4 for the 35th Irau Aco Lun Bawang.

When contacted, Lun Bawang Sarawak Association (PLBS) president Dolphina Alau Balang said the community’s festival is expected to draw more visitors from Miri and beyond, especially with the reopening of the Brunei land border this month.

“We have been receiving a very good response, not just amongst local Sarawakians but also those from Sabah.

“Many of them had registered as participants in some of the events, which include football and volleyball competitions,” she said.

The three-day festival will showcase the Lun Bawang community’s colourful arts and culture through activities such as bamboo band and traditional music performances, traditional games, bazaar with various traditional foods, exhibition, and a thanksgiving service.

The main highlight of the festival will be the beauty pageant and warrior contest – Ruran Ulung and Padan Liu Burung.