Borneo intl bead conference

All,
Would like to broadcast further the inaugural Borneo International Bead Conference that will be held in Miri beginning of October.
Please see the attached note from Heidi Munan which gives more details of the event. I have asked her for a copy of the advertising poster and will “stick” it here when I get a copy.
Pleased that Miri is hosting this event which is wholly aimed at promoting Sarawak based artisans and designers and their international counterparts and markets.
On Sarawak, DnD.

you may also find out more details here --> Borneo International Beads Conference 2010

latest update;
special rate for student @RM85 (1 day), RM160 (for 2 days conference) inclusive of attending all the presented paper session, see hands-on-stuff, morning & afternoon tea breaks & lunch.

you may refer to the program attached for your reference;
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one of Borneo tangible & intangible culture that you shouldn’t miss and its brought to you right in front of your door. come and support the conference. :slight_smile:

a snap shot of BIBCO 2010 postcard size brochure :slight_smile:

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6 more days to go…

MIRI 5 Okt. - Lebih 100 pakar dalam industri manik bakal berkampung di bandar raya ini sempena Persidangan Manik-Manik Antarabangsa Borneo (BIBCO) 2010 yang julung kalinya diadakan pada 9 dan 10 Oktober ini bertempat di Hotel Parkcity Everly Miri.

Antara peserta yang hadir ialah pensyarah dan penulis dari Amerika Syarikat, Jamey Allen; pakar manik Nyonya, Dr. Cheah Hwei Fen dari Universiti Kebangsaan Australia; pereka barangan kemas manik moden, Yekti Kusmartono dari Jakarta, dan pakar manik masyarakat Dayak, Eileen Paya Foong dari Universiti Curtin Sarawak.

Selain itu, Pengarah Muzium Sarawak, Ipoi Datan; Kurator Manik Muzium Sarawak, Heidi Munan; pakar kebudayaan kaum Orang Ulu dan Kelabit, Dr. Poline Bala dari Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) serta penulis dan kurator muzium dari Filipina, David Baradas.

Jurucakap Kementerian Pelancongan dan Warisan Sarawak, Mary Wan Mering memberitahu, objektif utama BIBCO ialah untuk menampilkan dan meningkatkan potensi dan nilai manik-manik tempatan selain berpeluang memperkenalkan hasil kraftangan kaum etnik di negeri ini yang berteraskan manik.

''Ramai yang masih tidak tahu nilai manik. Dengan aktiviti ini, kita dapat mendedahkan kepada peserta tentang nilai komersial manik selain signifikan penggunaan manik dalam kehidupan seharian," jelasnya kepada media selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat bersama wakil-wakil persatuan etnik di pejabat Residen Miri semalam.

Mary memberitahu, seramai 200 peserta dijangka menyertai BIBCO yang mana 60 peserta adalah dari luar negara antaranya Australia, Singapura dan Indonesia.

Turut berminat ialah wakil-wakil majlis kraftangan dari negeri Melaka, Selangor dan Pulau Pinang.

Timbalan Ketua Menteri merangkap Menteri Pelancongan dan Warisan, Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam dijangka merasmikan BIBCO dan majlis makan malam di Eastwood.

Untuk maklumat lanjut sila kunjungi laman web Crafthub di http://www.crafthub.com.my atau menghubungi Mary di talian 082-319313.

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Miri 8 October 2010 Eileen Paya Foong, a student of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak), has been given the privilege to share more than just a conference paper at the Borneo International Beads Conference 2010 here in Miri this Saturday; she will be sharing her heritage and her family traditional heirlooms with delegates from various countries around the world.

Foong is among the first cohort of Bachelor of Arts students taking the newly-introduced Borneo Studies course as an elective.

She will be sharing the history and significance of her familys Pesaka bead heirlooms in a paper titled Barang Puun Mek: An Uma Pawek Familys Pesaka Beads at the conference, which is being held in Miri for the first time.

As a Sarawakian, I think it is imperative to uphold Sarawaks valuable rich heritage and I am very honoured to be given the privilege to talk about my familys heirlooms or Lukut Sekala at the conference, Foong said.

I also appreciate Curtin Sarawaks introducing of the Borneo Studies course. Students of the course are introduced to various aspects of Borneo, such as its cultures, social organisation and history. They also get to experience for themselves life in local communities and in other parts of Borneo, she added.

According to Lecturer, Terry Dit, the Borneo Studies course aims to provide sufficient familiarity with main social, cultural and historical characteristics of Borneo for the pursuit of more advanced understanding, studies or research of particular aspects of Borneo.

Terry added that study into things commonly associated with Borneo such as orangutans, the rainforest and tribal tattoos are part of the course, which makes it most interesting.

There are a lot of things about Borneo we tend to take for granted because we live here but actually understand very little about. The Borneo Studies course is an opportunity to learn about Borneo in an informed manner that exceeds global popular knowledge.

Upon completion, students would have become sufficiently familiar with the general as well as some of more specific characteristics of Borneo as well as gaining adequate understanding of the main socio-cultural, history and linguistic features, he said.

Head of the Media, Culture and Communication Department Mawi Taip disclosed that Borneo Studies will be offered as a major under Curtin Sarawaks Bachelor of Arts programme in 2011.

He said the Borneo Studies course is unique to Curtin Sarawak, it being the only campus granted approval by Curtin University to conduct the course and the curriculum and course materials were largely developed here in Sarawak.

Mawi added that the learning outcomes of the course include defining different approaches to learning and researching; describing main social, cultural and historical characteristics; identifying historical forces pertinent to contemporary socio-cultural structure; distinguishing basic differences and similarities between various indigenous and non-indigenous communities and societies; and analysing social organisation of people and patterns of migration intrinsic to the geo-cultural complexity of Borneo.

Borneo is prosperous with unique indigenous cultures and heritage. The upcoming Borneo International Beads Conference is commendable for its initiative to preserve the regional bead tradition. It is an ideal platform for our students to delve deeper into such a distinctive legacy and we are in full support of it, he said.

For more information on the Borneo Studies course at Curtin Sarawak, contact Mawi Taip at 085443939 or e-mail mawi.taip@curtin.edu.my.

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