KOTA KINABALU: Sabahs colourful multi-ethnic cultures lit up the night as Sabah Fest 2007 kicked off in spectacular style here on Friday.
This years cultural extravanganza opened with the pulsating drums of Sabah as 40 musicians from the districts of Kota Belud, Penampang, Semporna, Papar and Kudat filled the Magellan Sutera ballroom here.
Some 1,000 people, including tourists, attended the event.
Various ethnic groups promoted their dances which included Arang Aawak, a traditional dance of the Lundayeh people, followed by ethnic Irranuns performing the celebrative Sumaranum dance.
The tight-knit Dumpas community of Beluran performed the Suaan dance while the Suluks showed off their Mengilik dance followed by the Mongigol Tambunan dance by the Kadazandusuns of Tambunan.
The Bongi people of Pulau Banggi
performed the ritualistic Tamadak dance to chase away bad spirits while the Rungus
performed the Mongigol Samundai dance in the two-hour celebration, which ended with the Magunatip (bamboo dance) of the Muruts.
Sabah Fest, an annual event since 1988, coincides with the month-long Kaamatan (Harvest) Festival this month.
Visitors are not only entertained to Sabahs musical performances, lively songs and dances but also get a chance to find out more about the local food, beverages and handicraft.