Sabah Culture Board chairman Wilfred Madius Tangau in disclosing this yesterday, said the movie is also in line with the Government's efforts to make the State's art and culture heritage as the main tourism product to lure tourists here.
"To move towards the objective, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment has decided to hold the festival biennially.This is also due to the good response we received from the public when it was first held in 2001," he
said. Tangau who is also the event's organizing chairman, said to date, nine countries have confirmed participation namely Italy, Belgium, South Africa, India, Taiwan, Philippines, Poland, Indonesia and Malaysia. He
added other cultural groups from Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Malacca will be performing to add colours to the festival. Head of State Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah will be launching the ceremony on September 6 at Padang Merdeka at 8pm.
"We are also getting assistance from the State Education Department
to promote the festival at the higher learning institutions, especially within the city area as well as in Tuaran, Penampang and Papar," Tangau
added this year's event will also provide the opportunity to the public to learn about the Bunun community, an indigenious group in Taiwan, which is believed to have very much similarity with the Rungus community here.