The Borneo Tribal Village at Kampung Apar, Singai, Bau.

BAU: The Borneo Tribal Fest (BTF) will be organised as an annual iconic event of the state’s Tourism Calendar, said BTF advisor Datuk Peter Nansian.

He said this during the launching ceremony of the festival yesterday at Borneo Tribal Village (BTV), Kampung Apar, Singai, Bau.

The Borneo Tribal Village at Kampung Apar, Singai, Bau.

The three-day fest from June 7-9 is themed ‘Let’s Go Tribal’ to showcase the BTF’s niche product.

“BTF is an iconic event of Borneo Tribal Village (BTV) to showcase at least some of the aspects of the life of Borneo Tribal People in aspects of architecture, sports and games, arts, crafts and culture, food and drinks, vegetables, fruit trees and herbs.

“And also to continuously update on the latest development and facilities at BTV for the enjoyment of all to live, learn and leisure for perpetual wellness,” he said.

Nansian (left) accompanies Utilities Minister Datuk Sri Dr Stephen Rundi (right) as he is being greeted upon arrival at Borneo Tribal Village (BTV).

Nansian informed that the tagline of ‘Live, Learn and Leisure for Perpetual Wellness’ is used because members of the public can come to BTV to hold a camping activity, live or stay in its homestays which include a tribal hut, tribal house, bamboo cabins, longhouses, motel and chalet.

Participants warming up with their blowpipe skills before the competition

“When they come here, they can also learn about the planning concept, tribal architecture, arts, crafts, herbs and many more.

A place to kick the ball around.

“And for good health and sharpening one’s skill and dexterity in BTV, they can go for a 3km jungle walk, take part in our Tribal sports and games like blowpipe and catapult targeting, top spinning, obstacle races and many more.

“BTV is also considered as an educational place whereby there are seminars and team building activities held,” he further added.

Some of the visitors viewing the arts and crafts at the market held during the Borneo Tribe Festival 2019.

Nansian noted that the festival is held in conjunction with the Gawai Raya festive season with its objective to promote the tourism in Sarawak and showing the interesting tribal cultures to the public.

The BTF 2019 showcases sales of tribal food, drinks, handicraft and Borneo tribal merchandise for the visitors. It also features tribal activities and games such as blowpipe competition, cock boxing, spear throwing, Melanau Tibou swing and many more.

The handicrafts on sale during Borneo Tribe Festival 2019.
Visitors enjoying themselves with the Bidayuh traditional roundhouse as backdrop. Photo: Bernama