2014年5月26日星期一

Langkawi to host singing bird and bush cricket festival

Langkawi to host singing bird and bush cricket festival

Tourism Malaysia and the Langkawi Municipal Council are holding The Voice of Nature -- Bird and Bush Cricket festival on June 6 and 7.

The festival, which is being held in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2014, will take place at Taman CHOGM in Langkawi,

It is being organised with the Kedah State Economic Planning Unit, Kedah Bird-Singing Club and State Arts and Culture Council.

State Tourism director Roslan Othman said the festival aimed to promote elements of Malay culture that were long forgotten.

"Villagers used to organise singing cricket competitions, but it is not popular anymore.

"By organising this festival, we hope it will bring back those memories and reintroduce our culture to the younger generation," he said.

Activities planned for the festival include a traditional dance and music performances and cricket singing.

He said the target was to have 500 Murai Batu and Merbah Jambul birds.

"Participants need to bring their best singing crickets in containers and the judges will pick the winners based on clarity, loudness and melodious tone," he added.

Roslan said he hoped the competition would become a tourism attraction.

~News courtesy of New Straits Times~

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