2 June 2008

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Pesta Gambus 2008

The gambus is a stringed musical instrument created by the Brunei-Malay community; this traditional lute is one of the oldest musical instruments of its kind. Witness how the significance of this age-old instrument is celebrated by the Brunei-Malay community in Papar, the ricebowl of Sabah (situated some 40-minutes drive away from Kota Kinabalu) on 25 - 27 July, 2008.

The annual Sago Fest is held to highlight the district of Kuala Penyu and the traditional use of sago palm. Look out for activities such as the colourful performances by the Dusun Tatana and Bisaya communities of Kuala Penyu, sample local fruits, witness the rumbia atap (roof) making demostration and competition, traditional sago processing display and many more.

Be entertained by gambus musical performances, silat (traditional Malay martial art) demonstration, see a captivating display of Brunei-Malay mock wedding, and get a chance to see the making of local cakes and cookies. Also, don’t forget to drop by the handicraft booth to view handicraft making demos by the locals.

Come by and experience the celebration of yet another facet of Sabah’s unique ethnic heritage on the Pesta Gambus Festival!

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