11th Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF) 2016 (July 24, 2016-July 30, 2016)

Text & Images by various sources as mentioned and credited
Blogged by @curiostraveller and contents were arranged by @joehairie
(Photos by SIFF Official Facebook Page unless stated otherwise)
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Photo by @joehairie

“Sabah, Malaysia is well-known as a world class tourism attraction and it is a wonderful destination for cultural enthusiasts. We are blessed with beautiful natures and multicultural society living in harmony. In Sabah International Folklore Festival, we will be able to see the colorful and beautiful cultures from all over the world. I sincerely hope that the participants will gain memorable experiences and enjoyable moments in this festival.” Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Malaysia.

Prelude

This entry is made possible by referring to various valid sources especially from the Sabah Cultural Board’s souvenir program book and selected press published articles. All credits for referred materials are mentioned at each image. We purposely started the introduction by using valid information so that readers will be able to have comprehensive understanding about this prestigious event. Such information can be used in the future as great reference for all. There will be some other different posts after this entry that highlighted our own experience gained from attending this festival. Again, this entry is more about the facts related to Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF).

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Poster by Sabah Cultural Board- siffborneo.wixsite.com/borneosiff

SIFF provides the opportunities for the culture enthusiasts to enjoy and witness the beauty and uniqueness of cultural dance performance by various ethnics of the world. SIFF is truly meant to be an East-West Cultural rendezvous in promoting peace through culture. The main objective of the Sabah International Folklore Festival is to promote culture tourism among participating countries and to introduce the state’s rich and unique cultures. The objectives of the event are as follow:

  • To promote understanding and goodwill;
  • To celebrate mankind brotherhood through cultures;
  • To promote culture tourism among participating countries; and
  • To promote Sabah as an attractive tourists’ destination in Asia: Malaysia Truly Asia

Theme

Peace Through Culture

Chronology

June 15, 2016

Photo credit: Malik Rahim (Facebook Page)

Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman, The Right Honorable, Chief Minister of Sabah, launched the promotion for the 11th Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF) at the compound of Wisma Innoprise.

July 23-24, 2016

Arrival of participating groups

Ireland Team (Photo credit: SIFF Official Facebook Page)
India Team (Photo credit: SIFF Official Facebook Page)

July 25, 2016 

Technical Briefing

Photo credit: SIFF Official Facebook Page

Welcoming Ceremony/Welcoming Dinner at Sabah Cultural Center Penampang

Sabah’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Chairman of the 11th SIFF Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, delivering his welcoming speech to the SIFF participants. (Photo credit: SIFF Official Facebook Page)

July 26, 2016

Traditional Costume Exchange Program @ Sabah Art Gallery & KK City International Folklore Parade (Suria Sabah Shopping Mall & Lintasan Deasoka Gaya Street)

Exchanging Australian Costume (Photo Credit:SIFF Official Facebook Page)
Performance by South Korea Team (Photo Credit: SIFF Official Facebook Page)
Estonia Team (Photo Credit: SIFF Official Facebook Page)
Philippines Team (Photo Credit: SIFF Official Facebook Page)
India Team (Photo Credit: SIFF Offical Facebook Page)

July 27, 2016

Pocket show at Imago and Center Point Shopping Mall

Philippines Team (Photo Credit: SIFF Official Facebook Page)
Sri Lanka Team (Photo Credit: SIFF Official Facebook Page)

July 28, 2016

Prime Show

(All images are from SIFF Official Facebook Page)

July 29-30 (Day 1 & Day 2 Dance Competition)

(All images are from SIFF Official Facebook Page)

The Dance Competition 

Winner History 2001-2016

Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2001 Poland Turkey Vietnam
2004 Poland Philippines India
2007 Russia Poland Kazakhstan
2009 Philippines Indonesia Kazakhstan
2010 Taiwan Indonesia Thailand
2011 China Taiwan Kazakhstan
2012 China Nigeria Philippines
2014 Kazakhstan Philippines Indonesia
2015 Russia Philippines Slovakia
2016 Ireland Philippines Indonesia

Teams competing in 2016

Images from SIFF Official Facebook Page (Link: Click HERE)

2016 Result

No Award Winner
1 Prime Award Ireland
2 Chief Minister’s Award Philippines
3 Cultural Minister’s Award Indonesia
4 Sabah Cultural Board Award Malaysia
5 Best Performance Award Ireland
6 Best Choreography Award Philippines
7 Jury Award Thailand
8 Best Music Arrangement Award Indonesia
9 Most Popular Group Award Republic Sakha Yakutia, Russia
10 Best Female Dancer Award Mandy Stevenson (Ireland)
11 Best Male Dancer Award Mckelaar Stephen Andrew (Australia)
12 Best Promising Female Dancer Award Ryu Mira (South Korea)
13 Best Promising Male Dancer Award Chumacera Marco Paolo Elardo (Philippines)
14 Highest Online Presence Award Philippines (2300 votes)
15a Appreciation Award for Debutante Estonia
15b Appreciation Award for Debutante India
15c Appreciation Award for Debutante Sri Lanka
15d Appreciation Award for Debutante South Korea

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Best Male Dancer-Mckelaar Stephen Andrew (Australia) Photo by @joehairie

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Best Female Dancer-Mandy Stevenson (Ireland) Photo by @joehairie

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Best Promising Male Dancer-Chumacera Marco Paolo Elardo (Philippines) Photo by @joehairie

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