IT is all systems go for the third Borneo International Beads Conference in Kuching.
The three-day conference organised by Crafthub Sdn Bhd from Oct 11 will be held at Four Points by Sheraton Kuching.
Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to declare open the event.
The annual conference has attracted delegates from all over Malaysia, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.
Invited speakers are Valerie Hector from the United States, Akwele Suma Glory (Africa), Elaine Kim (South Korea), Martina Dempf (Germany), Stefany Tomalin (UK), Cathy Chen (Taiwan), as well as Heidi Munan, Su Chin Sidih, Patricia Nayoi, Dr Zuliskandar Ramli and Dr Poline Bala — all from Malaysia.
Besides the conference, the programme throughout the three days will include workshops, demonstrations, a bead bazaar and a gala dinner.
A fashion show featuring various beads and beads jewellery will also be held during the gala dinner. Tables for the dinner at RM1,000, RM1,500 and RM2,000 are now on sale.
Presentation of awards and prizes to the winners of the Borneo International Beads Award (Biba) will be held during the gala dinner. The competition offers cash prizes of more than RM17,000.
The workshops are on making paper beads, fibre beads, hand painted eco beads and traditional beads in modern jewellery. There is also a workshop on making jewellery from discarded household stuff like watches and scraps of leather.
Registration fee for the workshop is RM50 per person per workshop. Those keen to attend any of the workshops are to register with Alexis at 012-854 7277, or go to Four Points hotel on the actual conference dates.
The bead bazaars offer various stalls selling all kinds of beads, bead ornaments and jewellery as well as equipment to make jewellery. The bazaar has more than 25 stalls.
The conference was organised to provide a networking platform for all bead artisans, scholars, researchers and producers, both local and from overseas, to share and exchange ideas and expertise as well as to showcase and promote Sarawak beads.
It is also aimed at encouraging the preservation of traditional beads in a commercially viable way.
The conference is supported Tourism Ministry and National Heritage Department, with endorsements from Sarawak Tourism Board, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Sarawak Museum, Sarawak Craft Council, Sarawak Cultural Village, World Crafts Council and World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region.
Details and entry forms can be obtained on CraftHub’s website www.crafthub.com.my.