Polytechnics to impress at RWMF following creative music workshop

By Jude Toyat


KUCHING: Politeknik Kuching Sarawak (PKS) will be holding a music workshop here from August 6 to 9.

Saiful Irwan Sarkawi

Saiful Irwan Sarkawi

The four-day workshop ‘Bengkel Pengenalan Seni Muzik Kreatif Malaysia dan Penyertaan Rainforest World Music Festival Politeknik Malaysia 2015’ is organised by the Student Development Division, Department of Polytechnic Education in collaboration with PKS’ Unit for Culture and Heritage.

About 66 students and 33 officers from 33 polytechnics throughout the country are expected to take part in the workshop.

According to programme manager Saiful Irwan Sarkawi, the workshop aims at giving exposure on Malaysian creative music by providing a platform for idea-sharing and knowledge on culture and heritage among the participants.

“Every polytechnic throughout Malaysia will be divided into northern, southern, central, east, Sabah, and Sarawak zones and will have to share their knowledge on the arts of creative music from their states.

“Each representative from their respective polytechnic will be given an hour to share and introduce their creative music from their state using various delivery methods including video presentations and performances of musical instruments used in creative music,” he said when met recently.

Other side activities include ‘Jelajah Cenderahati’, ‘Malam Santai Seni’, and a closing ceremony themed at ‘Muzikal Alam’.

“Members of the public are also invited to join in the merriment of the music workshop programme on August 7, as well as on August 9 where we will be holding the closing ceremony. Both events will be held at Dewan Jubli Perak Politeknik Kuching from 9am onwards.

On August 8, they will be participating in Sarawak’s renowned music festival, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) to be held at Sarawak Cultural Village.

“In order to create collaborative ties between polytechnics throughout Malaysia and cultural institutions at an international level, participants will also be performing at the Rainforest World Music Festival.

“This can be seen as a benchmark for our participants from the polytechnics involved in the programme by applying their newly-acquired knowledge in creative music,” he explained.

Through this programme, he hopes that they can produce a generation of students who are able to become scholars, promoters, players and practitioners of Malaysian culture and heritage. In turn, it is hoped that this will lead to the cultivation of Malaysian cultural values, conservation and administration.

“It is also hoped that this programme could be a stepping stone in promoting the arts of creative music in Malaysia that is rich in its own unique features and the diversity of peoples and cultures,” he added.

Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage Liwan Lagang is expected to attend the closing ceremony on August 9.

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