FOLK ART: Sabah to get a taste of Kelantan's 'intangible heritage'
KOTA KINABALU: Kelantan's Culture and Arts Department is bringing its traditional musical theatre to the people here, with its Mak Yong -- Puteri Jerijit Emas.
More than 500 people are expected to turn up for the the two-day musical performance on the love story between the Raja Besar's son, Raja Muda Kesukma Jaya, and the beautiful princess, Puteri Jerijit Emas.
The performance begins tomorrow at the Sabah National Arts and Culture Complex.
Entrance is free.
The stage musical is aimed at introducing a new cultural performance from another state to the people of Sabah.
National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) director-general Datuk Norliza Rofli said Mak Yong is the only Malaysian folk art that has been declared by Unesco as "intangible heritage" in 2005.
"Hence, Mak Yong Kijang Emas Group, under the Kelantan Culture and Arts Department, has been actively performing in and outside the country.
"Since the Mak Yong is almost forgotten in its own district, JKKN plans to continue to elevate the traditional art," she said in a statement yesterday.
Norliza added a series of Mak Yong Kijang Emas Tour programmes had been proposed to selected states to preserve the traditional heritage in order to be appreciated by future generations, especially university students and dance artistes.