December 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Without culture, people would be considered barbarians, uncivilised.
Diverse cultures are a strength, but only if they’re in harmony. Like a rope that’s spliced from many threads, the diverse cultures can come together to form a strong identity and one of the things that hold a culture together is music. In a recent report, Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg believes that the inaugural Sarawak Gong Festival 2011 held at the Redeems Centre, Kampung Apar, here can create a cultural society who loves the art of national heritage.
This festival would enable visitors to watch performances by invited groups as well as marvel at the diversity of the gong and the making of the instrument by the gong experts.
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The inaugural Sarawak Gong Festival 2011 being held at the Redeems Centre, Kampung Apar, here can create a cultural society who loves the art of national heritage, said Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said with the participation of cultural groups comprising the younger generation from various countries including the Peninsula, Sabah and Brunei, the festival could be a platform to showcase the uniqueness of gong-based dance and music.
“Tourists and the local culture should be in tandem as Sarawak has a lot of tribes and ethnic groups who provide the main tourism products in the state and country,” he said when opening the festival, organised by the Sarawak National Department for Culture and Arts and Tourism Ministry.
His speech text was read by Tourism Assistant Minister (Local Event and Product) Datuk Gramong Juna.
Abang Johari said the festival which involved five invited groups from outside the Sarawak state and eight local groups should be continued in the future.
Besides, it could promote the Redeems Centre in Kampung Apar, Singai Bau as the new tourism destination and Kampung Budaya as a local cultural centre.
Meanwhile, Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang in his speech said the festival, with about 200 participants, was capable of preserving the country’s heritage through various activities organised at the three-day festival which began yesterday.
He said apart from watching performances by the invited groups, visitors could also look closely at the diversity of the gong and the making of the instrument by the gong experts.
Photo (c) Ben Sutherland