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Sabah Fest presents AGOP – The Heritage of Sabah’s Caves

KOTA KINABALU, 23 April 2015 – Travel back in time and delve into the stories and legends surrounding Sabah’s caves through AGOP – this year’s Sabah Fest presentation. The musical performance AGOP will be held from the 1st to 3rd of May at the Auditorium of Kompleks JKKN Sabah at 8:00pm. This three-day event will also highlight Sabah’s rich cultural heritage through a handicraft and traditional food showcase from 4:00pm to 10:00pm at the venue’s grounds.

The focus of this year’s Sabah Fest is a celebration of another important icon of ancient Sabah which thrives today as a living tradition and that is none other than Sabah’s mysterious caves. Widely known as ‘AGOP’ by many communities on the east coast, ‘AGOP’ translates to the word ‘cave’ in the Orang Sungei, Dusun Begak and Dusun Subpan dialect. The celebration of Agop this year takes us on an expedition mostly to the east coast of Sabah to sample the charms of the communities – Ida’an, Orang Sungei, Dusun Begak and Dusun Subpan- who identify with the ancient cave culture and related on-going traditions and practices. The musical theatre also highlights the role of Admiral Cheng Ho of the Ming Dynasty who came across the highly valued birds’ nests and presented them as a gift to the Emperor. Other rarely seen groups such as the Tidong of Tawau, Dusun Sandayoh of Paitan and Dusun Melangkap of Kota Belud have been invited to perform and display their culture and musical traditions at this year’s Sabah Fest.

Sabah Fest is also the perfect time see Sabah’s talented craft-makers and artisans at work. Visit Kadaiku – Sabah Souvenirs and Handicrafts at Sinsuran Complex in Kota Kinabalu throughout the month and meet weavers, bead makers, musicians and artists from around Sabah. You can also purchase art pieces and uniquely Sabahan crafts during the exhibition. Also, witness the Sabah Fest 2015 Pocket Shows at various shopping malls and locations namely Centre Point Sabah, Suria Sabah, Oceanus Waterfront Mall, City Mall, Sabah Museum and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

This year’s production is made possible with the involvement of some 350 people, including 140 performers from 7 ethnic groups who hail from 5 districts around Sabah. From Lahad Datu are the Dusun Subpan from Kampung Segama, Dusun Begak from Tungku and Ida’an from Kampung Sepagaya. Also represented are the Orang Sungei from Sandakan, Tidung from Tawau, Dusun Sandayoh from Paitan and Dusun Melangkap from Kota Belud; each showcasing their cultural identity through song and dance. Sabah Fest is made grander with a 100-strong welcoming troupe playing the tagunggak and Murut gong as guests arrive. Also performing are 80 dancers from around Kota Kinabalu private and non-governmental organizations, schools and universities, namely Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), KK High School, SK Stella Maris Tanjung Aru and SM Maktab Sabah.

Don’t miss this annual premier event, showcasing Sabah’s vibrant cultural heritage, history and tradition in the form of thrilling theatrical performances, dance and music. Find out more at www.sabahfest.com. Tickets for the stage performance are available at RM50 per show. Show starts at 8:00pm. For more information on the event, please contact Francesca Lydia, Event Executive, Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd at +6088232121, email info@sabahtourism.com. This event is brought to the public by Sabah Tourism Board and is organised by its wholly- owned subsidiary Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd.

Musical performance of Sabah rituals through Sabah Fest 2014 – A Cultural Extravaganza ‘AKI NABALU’

Musical performance of Sabah rituals through

Sabah Fest 2014 – A Cultural Extravaganza ‘AKI NABALU’

 

Kota Kinabalu, 22 April 2014 – The much awaited cultural extravaganza – Sabah Fest returns with another spectacular show highlighting Sabah’s diverse people, cultures and traditions. The musical performance ‘AKI NABALU’ will be held on the 2nd to 4th of May at the Auditorium of Kompleks Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara Sabah, starting at 8pm.

Religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. Take a journey back in time to witness the art of rituals as Sabah Fest this year showcases six ethnic groups in Sabah that rely on Mount Kinabalu as a central feature in their traditional, cultural and religious beliefs.

The Kadazandusun community opens the curtain with the Pampang, which tells of the origin of Mount Kinabalu and mankind. They believe that Mount Kinabalu was created by the female supreme deity, Umunsumundu, while the male supreme deity, Kinoingan or Kinahoringan, created the sky. Imbued with its mythical elements, Mount Kinabalu is featured predominantly in local folklore, still holding sway in both the spiritual and secular life of many indigenous communities. The show will then feature the Dusun Ranau  ritual, the Monolob, appeasing the Spirits of the Aki Nabalu. A rice-honouring ritual known as the Humabot  is then performed by the Kadazan people of Penampang. This ritual is conducted to summon the spirit of the Bambaazon.

The Bajau, Dusun Tindal and Iranun will then gather at the meeting point or Badi, today known as the Tamu  or open-air market. During all these social gatherings, Mount Kinabalu has stood tall and majestic serving as a backdrop as the people went on with their daily lives. The audience will also be treated to the Mogkodim do hatod, the Rungus ritual performed to call upon the spirit of a sick person. The Dusun Lotud will perform Mohlukas, a housewarming ceremony. The spectacular Sabah Fest stage performance wraps up with a healing ritual of the Murut Nabai, called Mansilad.

In addition, this three-day event will also highlight our Sabah’s culture through traditional music and dance performances of various ethnic groups from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Sabah Fest is also the perfect time see Sabah’s talented craft-makers and artisans at work. Visit Kadaiku – Sabah Souvenirs and Handicrafts at Sinsuran Complex in Kota Kinabalu throughout the month and meet weavers, bead makers, musicians and artists from around Sabah. You can also purchase art pieces and uniquely Sabahan crafts during the exhibition.

In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014 (VMY2014), Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. also collaborates with shopping malls to have 30 minutes Sabah Fest 2014 Pocket Shows, to showcase the traditional culture, music, and dances in the month May.

Don’t miss this annual premier event, showcasing Sabah’s vibrant cultural heritage, history and tradition in the form of thrilling theatrical performances, dance and music. Find out more at www.sabahfest.com.

Tickets for the stage performance are available at RM50 per show. Show starts at 8:00pm. For more information, please contact Susan Shahira, Event Manager of Sri Pelancongan Sabah at telephone number +6088-232121, fax to +6088-265540 or email shahira@sabahtourism.com. Visit www.sabahfest.com