DAVAO CITY Aug. 10 (PIA)- The first-ever Budayaw Festival will be held in General Santos City this September 20 to 24.
The event, which is the BIMP-EAGA Festival of Culture and the Arts, will feature the diversity of creative expressions of cultural artists in the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
Budayaw will aim to raise awareness and foster appreciation in the varied landscapes, lifescapes and aspirations of the peoples in BIMP-EAGA.
Collaborating to make the first ever Budayaw Festival into a reality is a partnership between different government agencies which includes the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Department of Tourism Region XII, City Government of General Santos, the Province of Sarangani, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the Philippine Information Agency.
Guesting at last Wednesday’s (Aug. 9) Habi at Kape media forum at Abreeza Ayala Mall Davao Nestor Horfilla head of the festival organizing committee said that the Budayaw wil feature different lectures, workshops, performances, shows, exhibits and other activities.
He said the name of the festival is taken from the Malay word Buda, which means blessings and goodness, and Dayaw which in Filipino means celebration.
Visitors can view iconic landscapes and cultural markers of the BIMP-EAGA in an interactive exhibit these will be accompanied by lectures and fora.
A specially designed pavilion will serve as the shared space of invited master weavers that will show how context shapes mastery of techniques over our natural resources.
Indigenous music will also be highlighted with performances using native instruments such as gongs, bamboo musical instruments, lutes and plucked-string instruments.
Contemporary theater, dance and music performances will also be presented during the Budayaw. Installation art from visual artists will also be placed outdoors.
Tour packages will also be arranged for guests and tourists that lets the visitors explore the richness of Mindanaoan culture and its tourists attractions. (PIA/RG Alama)