By James Gough
The first ever living heritage exhibition showcasing the traditional arts and crafts and cultures from throughout the state was held with much fanfare and colour.
Themed the “1 Malaysia, Perak Lost Heritage” the exhibition was held at the Garden Villa, 5 Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah until December 5. It was co-organised by the Kinta Heritage Group and the State government with the purpose of creating awareness of cultures and traditions around us.
Perak Tourism Chairman, Dato’ Hamidah Osman, who officiated at the opening of the exhibition was greeted by dancing lions upon her arrival followed with a silat exhibition.
Kinta Heritage Director, Adib Vincent Tung who welcomed Hamidah, was dressed in the traditional Malay costume complete with Sampin and matching headgear, setting the mood for the exhibition. Also present on the morning was Malaysia’s favorite cartoonist Dato’ Mohammad Nor Khalid more endearingly known as Lat.
Hamidah, in her address praised the organizers for initiating this exhibition saying that “we should preserve our valuable heritage and culture for the next generation and repeating her often mentioned slogan, “once our heritage is gone, it is gone forever’.
The craftsmen demonstrated how to make rattan baskets, wooden clogs, the Malay Keris, a lions head or head gear from palm leaves.
Semai Orang Asli from Ulu Geroh performed their melodic song and dance and the Punjabi community the lively Bhangra dance.
All the cultures were available for viewing at one location. The week long exhibition recorded over 1,200 visitors.