Sabah Fest 2016 presents Gulu Gulu – A Tribute to the Past

Sabah Fest 2016 presents
Gulu Gulu – A Tribute to the Past

Kota Kinabalu, 4 April 2016 – Sabah Fest 2016 will kick start the Ka’amatan (Harvest Festival) month of May with another spectacular stage performance – Gulu Gulu – A Tribute to the Past – which takes place from April 29th to May 1st at the National Department For Culture And Arts, Sabah (JKKN Sabah) Auditorium.

Gulu Gulu is a Kadazandusun word which means ‘a long time ago’. This year’s original musical production highlights the adventures, trials and tribulations of the legendary Sabah warrior, Mat Salleh during the colonial era. The story is set between 1894 (Sandakan) until his year of death in Tambunan in 1900.

After thorough historical research and detailed analysis, his story is interpreted through dance, song and music, bringing the audience on an expedition across Sabah to showcase places and timelines of historical siginificance during Mat Salleh’s daring exploits of resistance against the British North Borneo Chartered Company rule. The Among this year’s featured ethnic groups on stage include the Kadazan Penampang (Sumazau), the show starts at 8:00pm.

Dusun Liwan of Ranau (Medtemu and Sumirip), the Bajau Sama of Semporna (Limbaiyan and Kuntau), the Suluk Sandakan (Singkil and Pengalai Kab Kab) and the Dusun of Tambunan (Magarang).

Another highlight of Sabah Fest is the traditional food and handicraft showcase which takes place from 5:00pm to 10:00pm within the JKKN grounds. This is the best opportunity to see Sabah’s craftspeople at work and purchase authentic handicraft, whilst sampling the best of Sabah’s flavours – all under one roof. Prior to the show, visitors can enjoy a variety of traditional dance pocket shows at the mini amphitheatre performed by the cultural dancers of JKKN.

This event is brought to the public by Sabah Tourism Board and is organised by its wholly-owned subsidiary Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. Tickets for the stage performance are sold at RM50 per ticket. Show starts at 8:00pm. There is no admission fee for the exhibitions. For more information, please contact Zachary Mobijohn, Event Manager, Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd at +6088232121 or email Find out more at

Sabah Fest 2016 Goes Back in Time With ‘Gulu Gulu’

Sabah Fest 2016 Goes Back in Time With ‘Gulu Gulu’

KOTA KINABALU, 19 February 2016 – Sabah’s most anticipated cultural extravaganza, Sabah Fest, returns on April 29th to May 1st this year with the theme Gulu Gulu at the Kompleks JKKN Sabah Auditorium.

Sabah Fest 2016 – a celebration of Sabah’s rich and diverse cultures through musical theatre and exhibitions under one roof – will kick start the Ka’amatan (Harvest Festival) month with a stage performance of Gulu Gulu on all three nights.

The show is a tribute to the nostalgia of Sabah’s history (Gulu Gulu translates to Dulu Dulu in Bahasa Malaysia, which means ‘a long time ago’). The story highlights the adventures of legendary Sabah warrior, Mat Salleh, during the colonial era.

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.

Don’t miss this annual premier event, showcasing Sabah’s vibrant cultural heritage, history and tradition in the form of thrilling theatrical performances, dance, music, food and craft. For updates, log on to

Tickets for the stage performance are sold at RM50. Show starts at 8:00pm. There is no admission fee for the exhibitions. For more information, please contact Zachary Mobijohn, Event Manager, Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd at +6088232121 or email This event is brought to the public by Sabah Tourism Board and is organised by its wholly-owned subsidiary Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd.

The Best of Sabah’s Crafts and Flavours During Sabah Fest 2015

Kota Kinabalu, 30 April 2015 – In conjunction with Sabah Fest 2015, don’t miss a three-day cultural extravaganza showcasing authentic Sabah handicraft and traditional food under one roof at the Kompleks Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara (JKKN) Sabah grounds from 4:00pm to 10:00pm.

Prior to the main stage performance, AGOP, which begins at 8:00pm on all three nights, visitors can enjoy the best Sabah has to offer in terms of crafts, food and souvenirs. In collaboration with various organizations including Pusat Kraftangan Sabah, Kraftangan Malaysia, Kadaiku™- Sabah Souvenirs and Handicrafts. and local artists and craftmakers, the sales and exhibition will see the participation of more than 10 exhibitors proudly showcasing their crafts and fare. Pusat Kraftangan Sabah will be highlighting batik and crafts from Keningau. Also featured are the tapestries of award-winning weaver Hajah Pandian Sulaiman from Kota Belud, Kelarai products by Verolyna Kaya beaded accesories by Fatricia Majin of Keningau and rinago products by Shahfian bin Saidi from Kudat.

Kraftangan Malaysia will also be featuring artisans from Kudat, Kota Belud and Penampang. Visitors can witness live handicraft-making demonstrations by Jamali Matinggal who specialises in gong-making, Indoh Galing (parang-making and rattan products), Tiamin Jilan – a serdang craft-weaver as well as batik canting by Kraftangan Malaysia.

Sample the flavours of Sabah at the various food stalls where visitors will find Bajau Semporna fare such as sagol, kiampau and latoh, the sweet offerings of the Bajau Kota Belud with their kuih penjarama and kuih wajid and the famous hinava, tuhau and hinompuka served by the Kadazan Dusun.

Souvenirs and gifts can be purchased at the Kadaiku™- Sabah Souvenirs and Handicrafts stall locared at the foyer of the JKKN Auditorium, offeirng a wide range of authentic Sabahan crafts and products, including paintings by local artists and handwoven beaded accesories.

For more information, please contact Melina Molukun Chia, Trade and Merchandising Manager of Kadaiku™, Sri Pelancongan Sabah at telephone number +6088-232121, fax to +6088-265540/ 219401 or email Visit or