Saturday, April 29, 2006

Sabah Museum gears up for Crafts Exotica

By Ismail Hj. Mansor

KOTA KINABALU - The annual Crafts Exotica is back again with a range of exciting activities for 25 days at the Sabah Museum beginning from May 2 to May 27.

Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat, who is also State Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment will be expected to launch the three-in-one programme - Crafts Exotica, World Museum Day and Children Discovery Centre - at the Sabah Museum on May 18.

Although Sabah Museum would be hosting the event, cultural activities will take place at the museum's Heritage Village.

This year, museum visitors would be able to witness a demo on handicraft- making by the Brunei community from the West Coast area such as "Mukun" - a type of drum made from coconut tree, basketry, pandan mat, seraung, weaving, gambus, beduk among others. The finished product are also on sale.

Another activity scheduled for the event will be held at Agnes Keith House, Sandakan where the visitors will have the opportunity to witness a demo on the handicraft-making by the Tombonuo and Orang Sungai community. The finished product will also be sale to the public

Sabah Museum has also lined up several other programmes in conjunction with the Crafts Exotica such as a workshop on handicraft-making for school children on May 12 and 13. Colouring competition for children and lucky visitors will also be held at the museum Heritage Village compound.

Other activities such as the blow pipe and catapult event and also a fishing competition for the public will be held during the weekend from May 2 to May 27 from to 3pm. Entrance is free only on May 18.

Crafts Exotica programme is co-organised by Sabah Museum, Education Department, Malaysia Handicraft and Brunei Association

For more information, contact Su Chin Sidih at 088-253199, 225033 (Kota Kinabalu) and Juanis Ogak at 089-229793, 222679 (Sandakan).

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin Weekend

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