By Mohd Mursi on October 26, 2015
The National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) organised the International Aborigines and Indigenous Arts Festival (FKOAP) under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture that was held recently from October 22nd to the 25th at the Titiwangsa Lake Garden Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.
This festival held for the first time in conjunction with Malaysia Year of Festival (MyFEST 2015) and is also one of the main highlight for the campaign.
Co-organised with the Orang Asli Affairs Department (JAKOA) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), assembling Aborigines and Indigenous people from eight countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Ghana, Philippines, and Thailand.
The festival builds a strong network among the Aboriginal community and helps to develop and ignite cultures of the Aborigines and Indigenous. This uniquenes will be its main attraction.
This program is also deemed able to attract tourists from all over the world, similar to what happened at the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival (Australia), Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (Australia) and the Global Indigenous People’s Performing Arts Festival (Taiwan).
The events under MyFest 2015 seeks to promote Malaysia as an international culture tourism destination by highlighting the arts and culture of Orang Asli and local ethnics.
The Orang Asli consists of three races, made up of 19 tribes. Each tribe is a distinctive ethnical entity, rich with its own cultures. These tribes coexist as a community that protests its customs and values inherited from the previous generations.
YBhg. Datuk Hj. Ad. Ghaffar bin A. Tambi, Deputy Secretary General (Culture) Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia and YB Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Rural and Regional Development of Malaysia officiated the event on the 24th October 2015.
FKOAP is a platform for innovation specifically in building a constant and mature national culture by cross-culture acknowledgement.