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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is brought to the public by Sabah Tourism Board and is organised by its wholly- owned subsidiary Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd.