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Cat read about the Borneo Native Festival (BNf) that was to be held at Pasar Seni (Central Market) showcasing the culture and economy of our Bornean brethren from Sabah and Sarawak.
Apparently 70 vendors from Sabah and Sarawak will be promote handicrafts, food, and beverages among others to tourists visiting the Central Market. Eager to see what the festival was about we made plans to visit Central Market this fine Saturday morning.
Hosted by SukaSeni, BNf celebrates the indigenous people through their traditional art forms. It was a great opportunity to experience Bornean culture by getting hands-on with various cultural activities. The BNf’s line-up included over 70 vendors, 20 performers, five cultural organisations, 15 government agencies and 20 craft makers, artisans, dancers and historians.
There was also an array of items available ranging from handcrafted wooden carvings, jewellery pieces, woven baskets, bead necklaces, fabrics, batik, songket cloth, paintings and other accessories. The three day celebration aimed to raise funds for local Bornean communities, empowering them to continue making wonderful works of art without any financial constraints.
We arrived at Central Market and upon entering saw what seemed to be an endless row of stalls selling and exhibiting items from our Bornean brethren. We were particularly interested in the UNIMAS stall which was situated outside. Here were even more interesting items on offer including coffee and foodstuff not normally found in Kuala Lumpur.
We spent quite a fair amount of time perusing the items on display at each stall both inside and outside, and Cat took particular fancy to a stall selling local Sabahan snacks. She got a packet of Keropok Amplang Bikmie as well as Kuih Cincin.
Held from the 20th to the 22nd of May 2022, we hope that the BNf will come back again next year, for an even longer stint. When we were done, we headed to Restoran Tajudin Nasi Beriani nearby for an early lunch, so be sure to check out our next video.
While not wanting to be a wet blanket or anything, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!
We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.