Thursday, July 15, 2010

Top folk dancers for Sabah International Festival

KOTA KINABALU: Folk dance enthusiasts are in for a treat as some of the best international folk dance performers are coming to Kota Kinabalu for the 5th Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF).

Currently, the countries which have confirmed their participation are Latvia (Ceiruleits) India (Tanjore dance music & arts research centre), Kazakhstan (Shalkyma), Taiwan (Ou yang hui-chen art dance company, Thailand (Bundit-Pattanasilpa Institute), the Philippines (South Cotabato performing arts ensemble), Saudi Arabia (Arts and Culture association group), Indonesia (Sanggar Ayudha), China (Guangzhou Returned Overseas Chinese Association), Romania (Calusarii), Uzbekistan (Mavrigi dance and song ensemble), Libya (general body of equestrian, theatre and arts of Libya), Eygpt (Al-Wadi Al- Gadid folklore team), Sri Lanka (Ranranga dancing company) and Singapore (People’s Association talent).

The festival proper will kick off with the local folk dance competition over two days at the Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang on July 21-22.

Groups from all over the state will hit the stage first as a prelude to the main festival where ensembles from 15 countries will be performing at the same venue from July 24 to July 25.

A premier show will be held on July 24 at the Magellan Hotel at Sutera Harbour in Kota Kinabalu.

Prior to the competitions the foreign dance troupes will be making promotional appearances at several schools and shopping malls across the state capital as well as attend technical briefings.

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