Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sabah International Folklore Festival 2010 highlights

Kota Kinabalu: Taiwan were voted overall best and won the Chief Minister's award in their first outing at the 5th Sabah International Folklore Festival 2010 Competition at the Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang Saturday night.

To add glory to an ecstatic night, their lead dancer, Ms Tu Meng Cheah, of the Ou Yang-Hui-Chen Art Dance Company , took the Best Female Dancer Award while the Best Male Dancer Award went to Romania's Nita Launat Nicuson. It's no surprise the Taiwanese won hands down.

Most of the dancers are graduates of Dance Departments of top universities in Taiwan, many of whom are champion dancers in national dance competitions as well as had vast exposure in Asia-Oceana dance competitions.

Indonesia's Sanggar Ayudha cultural troupe were voted second overall best and won the Minister of Culture Award. Sanggar Ayudha focuses on presenting the various traditional ethnic dances across Indonesia.

Thailand's Inaitutute of Fine Arts Development (Bunditpatanasilpa Institute) were judged third overall best and won the Jury Award.

The Institute specialises in Dramatic Arts, Fine Arts and Music Arts both in Thai Arts and Western Arts.

Overall, performances at the finals were a pleasure to watch the 70 per cent packed spectators took home a good feeling about what they had seen, paving the way for more such events in future.

The string of high quality troupes justified a range of other cherished and deserving awards.

Philippines' dynamic South Cotabato Performing Arts Ensemble were justly awarded the coveted "Best Performance" award.

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