Tuesday, October 30, 2007

International regatta promotes Baram cultural tourism

MIRI - The Baram Regatta which has been slated to be held in September next year in Marudi, about two hours' express boat ride from here, is expected to boost tourism in the constituency, Baram Member of Parliament Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan said.

He said the regatta should be taken as an opportunity for the people of Baram to showcase their colourful culture to the outside world, eventually drawing more tourists to the area.

"The regatta is an international event, so it should be the time for us to show to the world the unique cultures of the various ethnic groups in the area," he said at the closing of the Baram White Water Rafting Challenge 2007 at Long Apu, about seven hours by road from here.

He said the visitors' focus would not only be on the river activities during the regatta as there would be a World Sape Festival to be organised simultaneously.

At the festival, musicians from other countries will also perform using the sape, a traditional string musical instrument of the Kayan and Kenyah ethnic groups that is similar to the guitar.

Visitors to the festival would also get the chance to see the process of making the sape and other traditional handicrafts of the Baram people, Jacob said. He also wants ethnic groups less known of being traditional riverine settlers in the state to participate in the regatta for more diversity at the event.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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