Finnish Dance Troupes Participate in Sabah International Folklore Festival

Eighteen international cultural dance troupes from around the world will showcase their skills at the 7th Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF) in Malaysia this year on July 8-17. The first- time participants are seven of the dance troupes who are from Finland, Czech Republic, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Kuwait, Papua New Guinea and Nigeria.

“Sabah Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin is expected to officiate the festival on July 13,” said Sabah Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Bolkiah Ismail yesterday at the media conference on the festival.

According to Mr. Bolkiah, 14 schools will be taking part in the Local Folkdance Competition where three schools are from Sarawak, Selangor and Pahang.

The local folkdance competition will be held on July 11-12 from 7pm at the Sabah Cultural Centre, with tickets priced at RM10 (adult) and RM5 (under 17 years old).

The international folkdance competition will be held on July 14-15 from 8pm at the Sabah Cultural Centre, with tickets priced at RM50 (premier class), RM30 (adults) and RM10 (under 17 years old), he said.

Tickets can be obtained from the LKNS office in Kota Kinabalu and the Sabah Cultural Centre, Penampang.


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