KUCHING: Several thousand people are expected to throng Long Tuan village in Trusan, Lawas, for a weekend of festivities at the upcoming Irau Aco Lun Bawang.
Now in its 28th year, this annual festival will be held at the Lun Bawang cultural centre in Long Tuan from May 29 to 31.
Sarawak Lun Bawang Association president Ipoi Datan said the festival was now a major event attracting many visitors since being listed on the state tourism calendar.
“Last year we had 3,000 to 4,000 people attending the festival. We hope there will be more this year,” he said, adding that the Lun Bawang and Lun Dayeh communities in Sabah, Brunei and Kalimantan were also invited to participate in the event.
He also said the festival aimed to contribute to tourism in Lawas by promoting the bamboo band and handicrafts.
“We also want to preserve and celebrate Lun Bawang culture and heritage, besides bringing different races together in unity,” he added.
For the first time, the festival will feature a rafting race and a competition to make the traditional Lun Bawang headgear known as “sigar”.
Other highlights include a bamboo band competition, traditional games and the Ruran Ulung and Padan Liu Burun pageants for women and men.
There will also be a handicraft exhibition, traditional food festival, sports, a forum on community transformation, choir competition and cultural performances.
Long Tuan is about 40 minutes by car from Lawas or an hour’s drive from Limbang.
Visitors could stay in temporary homestays in the village or hotels and inns in Lawas, Ipoi said.