Had to wake up early for work today! The Chief Minister Musa Aman launched the promotion for the 11th Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF) at the compound of Wisma Innoprise. Speaking of which, this is the day that I get to meet up with oh so many ministers, including three deputy chief ministers: Yahya Hussin, Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah and Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Reached there about 8.15am and met up with my fellow friends from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah Cultural Board and Sabah Art Gallery. It is always fun to have them around as we share ideas and thoughts for the tourism and event industries. Watching the committee set up the launching venue and I was looking at all the dancers, who was wearing different national costumes, I asked and eventually found out those outfits were being exchanged during the event in 2015.
One of the highlight for today was:
“Our Kadazan costumes were given out to the participated countries last year. As a result, we exchange costumes with all the participated countries. So I continue to ask “What about this year?””Perhaps the Murut costume”.
In my view, I think we should protect the culture in all countries. Costumes can be duplicated, if necessary, right? – eg. materials, motifs and etc. A copyright will be a better option?
“Why not we gather all costumes and display them in the museum, like how Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK did? Seems like we don’t have a suitable place to do so, but what about in the future? Hence, we can put the descriptions on each display. It is also an honour to know many of them.
11 countries had confirmed their participation at the festival:
Australia, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Estonia, South Korea, Malaysia and Republic of Sakha Yakutia Russia. Well, for those who would like to participate in this festival have to pay a fee of USD30 per participant.
Have you got a chance to put your signature after the Chief Ministers and other distinguished Ministers?
The date of Sabah International Folklore Festival will be from 24 to 30 July. See you at the Sabah Cultural Centre, Penampang.