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Sabah Fest

December 31 @ 08:00 - 17:00

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Sabah Fest 2024: Celebrating Unity Through Culture

Sabah Fest returns as the premier cultural event in Sabah, set to captivate audiences in September 2024 with a vibrant showcase of the state’s diverse ethnic heritage. Organised under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Environment Sabah, in collaboration with the Sabah Tourism Board, Sabah Cultural Board, Municipality Halls, District Offices, and various other agencies, this eagerly anticipated festival promises an unforgettable celebration of unity and diversity.

Scheduled to coincide with the Hari Malaysia Celebration on 16 September 2024, Sabah Fest will serve as a focal point for cultural exchange and camaraderie, under the theme “Culture Unites Us.” Throughout the month of September, Kota Kinabalu will buzz with cultural parades, captivating shows, and enchanting handicraft showcases, offering visitors a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Sabah’s cultural mosaic.

Since 1988, Sabah Fest has been presenting Sabah’s cultural dances. The contemporary rendition of Sabah Fest now blends traditional performances with a narrative conveyed through modern dance and elaborate stage productions. Each Sabah Fest introduces a fresh theme, spotlighting specific aspects of Sabah’s rich tapestry. For instance, in 2019, the theme centered around “A Celebration of Sabah’s Natural Charms,” while in 2016, it delved into “Gulu-Gulu,” a phrase from the Kadazan-Dusun language signifying the passage of time.

At the heart of Sabah Fest lies its commitment to inclusivity and community engagement. Through collaborative efforts with local ethnic communities, the festival aims to highlight the cultural heritage of Sabah’s indigenous peoples, fostering pride and appreciation for their traditions and customs.

The festival’s full itinerary of cultural events is currently in development, with discussions underway among collaborative agencies. Details will be announced soon, offering participants a comprehensive glimpse into the array of activities and experiences that await.

For inquiries and further information about Sabah Fest, interested parties are encouraged to reach out to Mr. Pius Lee at pius@sabahtourism.com. As preparations unfold, Sabah Fest 2024 stands poised to reaffirm its status as a cornerstone of Sabah’s cultural calendar, uniting communities and celebrating the rich tapestry of Sabah’s cultural heritage.


December 31
08:00 - 17:00