Sarawak’s Dayak harvest festival known as Gawai is celebrated on a grander scale with the participation of cultural troupes from other countries.
The main highlight of the Sarawak Harvest and Folklore Festival (SHFF) is the theme play which had received rave reviews from the media in the past. The Festival theme play utilises the lake, ethnic houses and trees as natural props which can only be produced in the Sarawak Cultural Village. Each year the play takes on a different ethnic theme.
This year, Sarawak Harvest and Folklore Festival (SHFF) will feature the Orang Ulu community musical drama entitled “Dang Bunsu”, beauty pageant for all single ladies and Sape concert being featured by Sape professionals and amateurs from Sarawak, Sabah and other international countries.
Along with sampling of traditional food and crafts of the ethnic communities of Sarawak, there will also be a series of joint workshops by the local and invited cultural troupes. The ethnic beauty pageant called “Miss Cultural Harvest Festival” lends colour and vibrancy to the event whereas brawn comes in the form of the Tribal Ironman competition.
There will also be a Sape’ World concert featuring players from Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei. In addition to the concert, there will be workshops.
The Festival is an ethnic festival that is one of the highlights of the Gawai Dayak celebration, the largest in Sarawak in terms of the community involved. It provides the opportunity for the non-Dayaks to understand the cultures, traditions and aspirations of the Dayak community. This will be the 12th year in the running.