Sabah Fest celebrates the charms and diversity of Sabah culture.
May is the month of Harvest Festival celebrations and although the most prominent event is undoubtedly the Tadau Ka’amatan at the end of the month, it is by no means the only celebration happening.
Sabah Fest is a 3-day extravaganza that kicks off the month of cultural celebrations. Since 1988 Sabah Fest has showcased Sabah’s cultural dances, and the modern Sabah Fest brings together the traditional performances with a storyline expressed through modern dance and a grand stage production.
In 2014 the theme was Aki Nabalu. It focused on Sabah’s mountain people and their beliefs relating to the importance of Mt. Kinabalu, followed in 2015 by Agop, which means cave in the local dialects of the River People (Orang Sungai) from Sandakan, and Dusun Subpan and Dusun Begak from Lahad Datu.
In 2016 the theme is Gulu Gulu from the Kadazan Dusun term meaning a long time ago. The focus this year is on the adventures, trials and tribulations of the legendary Sabah warrior, Mat Salleh.
Taking place from 29 April – 1 May, tickets for the Sabah Fest are RM50 per person and are available from Sri Pelancongan Sabah, near the back of Le Meridien Hotel in Sinsuran and the Sabah Tourism Board office on Gaya Street.
The venue for Sabah Fest is the auditorium of JKKN Sabah (the big building with traditional architecture next to the Rainforest Park, near QE Hospital).
It’s a thrilling opportunity for visitors to Sabah to emerse themselves in an flood of culture, so don’t miss the Sabah Fest 2015.