sabah fest 2012 Sabah Fest 2012 – Come, taste and see Sabah’s wealth of culture and tradition as the Sabah Fest 2012 returns in celebration of Sabah’s natural charms!

Sabah Fest 2012 theme of this year harks back to the days when ships laden with all kinds of products would sail along the west coast of Sabah looking to barter them for Sabah’s rich resource of jungle produce.

In the old days, Sabah, neighbouring Brunei and the southern Philippines were part of an important maritime trade route and network in the archipelago. Along this route brassware, ceramic wares such as jars, plates, canons, colourful glass beads, woven textiles, jungle products, agricultural produce and a host of other merchandise were sold, exchanged, purchased and distributed amongst the different communities.  A good narrative was essential to entice onlookers to cast an appreciative glance and hopefully bring home these offered goods for sale.

Enter Ngarayang, a young and mischievous barter trader in search of adventure. Gifted with a charming demeanour and a flair for storytelling, Ngarayang would captivate his audience wherever he went with wondrous stories of his travels.

In Sabah Fest 2012 ‘The Adventures of Ngarayang’ tells of this young man’s journey filled with tales of the many peoples and cultures he encountered along the way. A chance sighting of a beautiful local princess captures Ngarayang’s heart and here begins another quest where Ngarayang continues to look out for the princess who has stolen his heart. Will he ever see her again?

There will also be handicraft-making demonstrations by the respective ethnic groups. Don’t miss the opportunity to see skilled craftspeople at work during the handicraft exhibition and get a chance to purchase hard find items, from hand-woven baskets to intricately carved Sea Bajau lepas (wooden boat replicas). Love tasting new food? Grab the chance to sample Sabah’s traditional favourite delicacies such as bambangan and hinava, as well as scrumptious local cakes such as pinjaram and kuih cincin.

Event: Sabah Fest 2012
Date: 3 May - 5 May 2012
Hours: 8:30 pm
Price: -
Venue: Auditorium, Complex JKKN Sabah

Sabah Fest 2012


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