Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Brunei dancers to take part in 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival

By Rosli Abidin Yahya

A traditional dance troupe from Brunei will be taking part in the 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF), which will be held from Sept 2 to 9 in Kota Kinabalu and Penampang.

Dance groups from 12 countries have confirmed their participation, including from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Japan, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Poland, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The event's highlight will be a premier performance on Sept 5 at the Tun Raffae Auditorium in Yayasan Sabah. Sabah Head of State Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah will be the guest of honour and other distinguished attendees would include the Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Hj Aman.

The dancers will also participate in the SIFF Parade at Anjung Senja fronting the Promenade Hotel in KK on Sept 3 commencing 7pm. Members of the public can enjoy the show on Sept 6 and 7 at Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang with tickets priced at RM10.

Tickets for the premier performance meanwhile are also available at RM50 and RM20. All tickets can be purchased from the Cultural Board Office at Sabah Cultural Centre's Wisma Budaya in Penampang, Sabah Tourism Board and Sri Pelancongan.

Among the festival's aims are to promote understanding and brotherhood through culture, as well as giving exposure to traditional dances. Performances will be divided into two categories - folk dance and folk music. All participants must be over 16 years of age.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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