April 3rd, 2015

A Sister Festival in the Heart of Borneo

2015 sees the tenth anniversary of The Alde Valley Spring Festival’s sister project Pesta Nukenen dan Kebudayaan Kelabit – aka The Bario and Kelabit Highlands Food & Cultural Festival. Created in 2006 by community members in the beautiful Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, East Malaysia, Pesta Nukenen celebrates the remarkable food, farming and forest heritage of the Highlands – the ancestral homeland of the Kelabit race.

The Highlands represent one of the few surviving intact traditionally farmed and forested catchment areas in East Malaysia – a homeland not just for the Kelabit and their diaspora but also for some of Borneo’s rarest wildlife and its most bio-diverse forest ecosystems. The Alde Valley Spring Festival and Alde Valley Food Adventures provided core funding between 2006 and 2009. Pesta Nukenen is owned and managed by the Kelabit Highlands Kaum Ibu women’s group for and on behalf of the broader community, drawing support from youth groups, community members, corporate sponsors, the State government and Rurum Kelabit Sarawak.

For more information about this year’s tenth anniversary festival [30th July – 1st August 2015] visit bario food festival on facebook :

: https://www.facebook.com/pages/bariofoodfestival/271633572251

The nearest international airports are Kuching, Miri and Bandar Seri Begawan. To book a flight by Twin Otter to Bario in the beautiful Kelabit Highlands from Miri visit www.maswings.com.my. For an adventure in ‘The Land of a Thousand Handshakes” come to Bario in July 2015 !

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