By Julia Chan
KOTA KINABALU - It was like a whirlwind around the world in a few hours for those who watched the 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival grand show here on Wednesday night.
The 1,000-strong crowd was captivated by the showcase of 12 amazing cultures from countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, Latvia, Khazakstan, Poland and India.
The festival's theme was "East-West Rendezvous".
The Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah graced the grand show, which was held at Menara Tun Mustapha.
The Khazakstan all-girl group, Onaltikis, kicked off the evening with a lively beat followed by Thailand's Narisuwan University students whose performance was infused with electronic folk music.
The haunting chants' duet from Yunnan, China, accompanied by the Chinese lute set a mellow background before the thumping beats and stomps from the Saudi Arabian troupe.
The Latvians danced their merry, optimistic tune, while the Bruneians did their Zapin dance and showcased a traditional Malay wedding, complete with a silat performance.
The Singapore group performed the traditional Keroncong, while students from Kortowow University in Poland gave a youthful performance accompanied by two violinists and a choir.
The bhangra, performed by the Indian troupe, got the crowd to shoulder-shake. This was then followed by the graceful Japanese dancers.
Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin Weekend