Location : Redeems Centre, Kampung Apar, Singai, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
This is an event where you can witness the Gong performances performed by ethnic groups from all around South East Asia, not just Malaysia. And we are proud that once again Sarawak is chosen to be the host of this international event. The event is held to promote tourism and cultural diversity in Sarawak.
The three-day programme (18th-20th Nov 2011) showcased performances by 150 performers from,
Visiting Gong Musical Groups:-
- Kumpulan Irama Bahtera (Brunei Darussalam)
- Kumpulan Rumpun Seni Beauford (Sabah)
- Kumpulan Kesenian JKKN (Negeri Sembilan)
- Kumpulan Gamutra (Terengganu)
- Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (Aswara)
Groups from Sarawak:-
- Dayak Cultural Foundation (Kuching)
- Kumpulan Bayu Unimas (Samarahan)
- Kumpulan Kulintangan (Pakan, Sarikei)
- Kumpulan Gamelan Sri Arjuna (Siburan)
- Kumpulan Buduk Gerua (Lawas)
- Kumpulan BiSingai (Bau)
- Persatuan Budaya Iban Sri Aman (PBISA-Sri Aman)
- Kumpulan Li Sheng Association
Percussionists from a diverse background enthralled spectators at the Sarawak Gong Festival with their electrifying performance which combined a creative mix of various percussion instruments and music styles. A big pat should go to the backs of the UNIMAS students for organising the ensemble for a spectacular grand opening show. The audience were truly impressed.
Besides the performances, other activities included were demonstrations of traditional games, gong exhibition & gong making demonstration, batik painting class and reflexology massage performed by experienced Bidayuh ladies.
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Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak (REDEEMS) is a community based organization (CBO) for the 12 kampungs (villages) in Singai area of Bau District in Kuching Division of Sarawak, Malaysia.
The 12 kampungs are namely Kpg. Apar, Kpg Segong, Kpg. Barieng, Kpg. Sudoh, Kpg. Atas, Kpg. Tanjong Poting, Kpg. Tanjong Bowang, Kpg. Senibong, Kpg. Daun, Kpg. Bobak Sajong, Kpg. Bobak Sejinjang and Kpg. Sagah. These kampungs are predominantly inhabited by the Bisingai tribe of the Bidayuh community with an estimated population of not less than 15,000 people.
REDEEMS was officially registered with the Registrar of Society (Malaysia) on the 7th July 1997 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and non-profit body (NPB).
REDEEMS main activities include:
- REDEEMS Centre Development
- Bamboo Botanical Park
- Bidayuh Language Development Project
- Education Program
- Community social welfare and services
- Community capacity building program
- Annual Gawai Festival
enjoyed reading / looking at the illustrated article on the gong festival near mt Singghi wonderful phtos and very informative text.
hope they have it again next year as i would like to experience the scenes / sounds you describe in your article…..j.
i particluarly like the way you gave credit to the organizers UNIMAS and its students …j