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BIBCO takes place in Kuching’s Old Court House this weekend

The 4th BORNEO INTERNATIONAL BEADS CONFERENCE (BIBCO) will take place in Kuching, Sarawak from 9th – 11th of October 2015.

The conference will be held at one of Kuching’s most venerable heritage buildings – the Old Court House, now officially called the Sarawak Tourism Complex.

The event will kick off with an opening ceremony on 9th of October graced by the presence of the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Sarawak, Datuk Haji Talib Bin Zulpilip, who represents the Minister of Tourism Sarawak, Y.B. Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg.

The beads conference culminates grandly on the evening of the 10th of October at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) in a celebratory Gala Dinner in the company of the Minister of Women, Family & Community Development, Y.B. Dato’ Sri Hjh Rohani Abdul Karim. Some of the highlights being featured in the gala dinner are the skit performance by KPSU (Ministry of Social Development and Urbanization), a beads parade galore, and more.

The 4th BIBCo will again consist of a conference session where research papers on many interesting bead topics will be presented, followed by a Q&A with the audience. A series of hands-on workshops as well as a beads bazaar will also be happening throughout the event to bring alive the lifestyle of the original tribes of Sarawak through their beadwork.

In addition, the Organising Committee is offering BIBCo 2015 Student Sponsorships to various institutions of higher learning – namely Swinburne, Limkokwing, UNIMAS, and UiTM. The objective of this sponsorship is to educate, enrich, and support Sarawak’s young, fresh creative minds as part of Crafthub’s commitment to nurturing the development of new innovations in our local arts and crafts – especially in beadwork and bead design. This will hopefully enhance the growth of the beads industry in Sarawak consistent with our state’s long and unique beads heritage among its many different ethnicities.

One of the special guests who will be sharing her insights with us in this year’s event is Mdm Surapee Rojanavongse, a founder of Asean Handicraft Promotion and Development Association (AHPADA) and also the Honorary Member and Immediate Past President of the World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region.

The expert speakers at BIBCo 2015 come from many parts of the world, including the USA, India, Australia and the Philippines, as well as West Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. Topics discussed range from archaeology to ethnography, practical aspects of professional bead design and the use of modern art media to make beads.

Due to popular demand, the workshop segment will be larger than in former years. Papers are presented in the mornings of each day (Friday to Sunday), while the whole afternoon will be devoted to workshops on topics as diverse as modern bead stringing, fibre-and-bead crochet, traditional Orang Ulu and Iban beadwork, bead craft of the Sioux Indians of the USA, polymer clay beadmaking, bamboo-sliver bead plaiting – something for everyone!

Beads from all over the world will be showcased and marketed at “Beads Abuzz”, the great bead bazaar. The general public is invited to join the fun!

It is hoped that this event will help to develop, promote and market crafts as well as encourage innovation and reach out to new potential markets whilst still maintaining our precious cultural heritage, both through the current generation and for more to come.

More information about BIBCo 2015, including the Registration Form, is available on the web site www.crafthub.com.my; bead students, collectors and craftspeople may send an email to Crafthub@gmail.com for specific inquiries.

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