KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang (SCCP) would be hosting the 10th Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF) from Aug 11 to 15.
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun said this festival have been carried out for nine times in the State however it would be the first for SCCP.
Previously, it was held for nine days but due to financial constraints, it would only be held for five days this time around, he said adding that the expenses was expected to reach RM5.9 million.
“The funds will go towards upgrading accommodation and in future all prestigious events will be carried out at the SCCP starting from this year onward,” he said during a press conference to announce the event.
Themed “Marriage with cultural dances” this event hoped to showcase the various types wedding costumes and traditional dances held during weddings. All participating countries would be displaying their costumes.
“Due to these display, we hope to promote Sabah further as a tourism destination especially in culture and traditions,” Masidi said.
“We have invited189 countries but only 27 had shown their interest. However, due to financial constraints, only 15 countries have been shortlisted. These countries include Venezuela, Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Crotia, China, Egypt, Ghana, Latvia, Morocco, Nigeria, New Zealand, Namibia, Indonesia, India, The Philippines, Holland, Russia, Singapore and Slovakia,” said him.
Meanwhile, Masidi stated four main programs would be the highlight of the event, mainly SIFF Folklore Parade, a parade by members of the participating countries which would start from Wisma Budaya to Lintasan Deasoka and ending at Kota Kinabalu City Hall on Aug 12.
Masidi is expected to officiate the 6th Folk Art Exhibition on Aug 13.
Other activities include. A Solo dance, duet, creative and traditional category of 7th Local Folk dance Competition (Tugu Budaya Ke-7) would be organized at SCCP, for three days starting from Aug 12 until Aug 13. The final show with “Best of The Best” theme would be held at Aug 14.
The last event would be the International Folk Dance Competition on Aug 13 and Aug15 also in the same venue. This event would be showcasing the dance competition from all 15 countries.
The Siff Folkflore Parade and 6th Folk Art Festival would be free of charge although the Local Folk Dance Competition would require an entrance fee of RM10 for adult and RM5 children as well as students below the age of 17. Tickets for the International Folk Dance Competition would be sold at RM 30 for adult and RM 10 for those under 17-year-old.
Tickets would be available from Sabah Cultural Board (088-268836/268808) from Apr 1 until Aug 14.