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9th Tugu Budaya Etnik Sabah-International Youth Folk Dance Festival July 10-14

29th June, 2018

By PAUL MU

KOTA KINABALU: The unique and diverse culture of Sabah will be showcased at the upcoming 9th Tugu Budaya Etnik Sabah-International Youth Folk Dance Festival 2018 on July 10-14.

This is a very attractive programme to promote the rich culture of Sabah, said Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Christina Liew.

“The programme also provided an opportunity for us to exchange and express our culture with other countries,” said Liew during the launch of the festival promotional event at Wisma Tun Fuad here yesterday.

The cultural dance can be instilled in the student lives so when they grow up they will always remember this cultural heritage, she said.

“We hope the top three winners will have the opportunity to represent Sabah to overseas competition. The ministry will always support them,” assured Liew.

Sabah Cultural Board general manager William Baya said the festival is participated by primary and secondary schools and unlike previous years, it was only competed by national teams, this year they decided to open for international competitors.

And they have received the confirmation from Raduga, Russia; Sanggar Tari Bali Legong (Indonesia); Tarlac National High School (Philippines); Zamin (Uzbekistan); Ranranga Dance Academy (Sri Lanka).

The festival aims to raise the cultural awareness among the students the importance in preserving our cultural heritage as well as to foster friendship and understanding through culture, he said.

“It is also to promote the tourism destination of Sabah based on culture and also provide a platform for the students to showcase their cultural dance talents and skills,” said William.

The five-day event featuring 24 teams from Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Selangor as well as five international teams will kick-off at Imago Shopping Mall on July 10, before the rest of the competition is held at the Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang.

Also present was Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister permanent secretary Datu Rosmadi Sulai.

   
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