Safeguarding Our Cultures & Heritage In The Modern World

Our multifaceted lineage is fading right before our eyes at a rate of almost no return.

The greatest challenges of our time – taking the lead on preservation and conservation movements in ensuring that no further negligence is done to our pristine cultures and heritage. Protecting cultural heritage in all its forms – tangible and intangible, cultural and natural, movable and immovable – are keys to achieving dialogue, sustainable development and social cohesion.

The Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Heritage seeks to steer cultural centre activations in the intended direction and strengthen the ethics in Sarawak.

Throughout its programmes, and in cooperation with all relevant partners and stakeholders, TENUN supports and coordinates efforts towards development, conservation and rehabilitation, as well as capacity-building via our Heritage Centre Activation programme.

This initiative aims at promoting innovative and creative approaches which enhance culture as a bridge to sustainable social, economic and human development, and at better enhancing creativity, cultural industries and cultural heritage in all its forms as a powerful and unique tool for sustainable social, economic and human development, job-creation opportunities social cohesion, education and mutual understanding, thus bringing forth new opportunities for international cooperation.

Heritage Centre Activation : how do we do it?

Determining the potential Heritage Centre sites is paramountal in making sure the programmes’ adherence to the our initiative’s objectives. We can then collaborate with stakeholders to promote diversity of cultural expressions through a series of interest-evoking medium : Dialogue Workshops Documentaries Talks Showcases

Once proper framework is set in place, the search for other potential Heritage Centre sites can be done and be “activated”.

We seek to build genuine bridges within the civil society, among artists, intellectuals, teachers and politicians, with a view to exchanging new ideas and visions, and so as to support regional think tanks, create innovative networks and platforms that span the region – through cross-borders festivals, exchanges of artefacts between museums of different countries and travelling exhibitions; thus making it easier for them to participate in urban, economic and social development projects. Modern art, networks of young artists, media, cultural industries, cultural tourism, are powerful accelerators for growth


The Kelabit Art Maestro : Stephen Baya Peter

by Grace Balan-Law

Tranquillity was one of the reasons that he decided to leave the bustling city life of Kuching and moved to Bario in the remote Kelabit highlands in 2007. He was also inspired by nature and the idea of living the traditional life.

After all, Bario is his village where he was born and spent a great deal of his childhood.

Not long after moving to Bario, Stephen met his Danish wife Tine Hjetting and together they opened junglebluesdream art gallery & homestay, where they also lived with their son Noah. The homestay was popular with tourists who are always excited to view Stephen’s paintings and even better, seeing the maestro at work.

Tree of Life by Stephan Baya Peter

As the early morning light breaks through the sky in the village of Ulung Palan in Bario, a lone man sits at his large patio, painting yet another one of his masterpieces. It is during this serene hour of the day that artist Stephen Baya Peter likes to work.

In 2017, the couple decided to move to Tine’s native Denmark. “Our son Noah was about to start primary school so we felt that it was time to bring him back to Denmark so he can also experience his mother’s homeland,” said Stephen.

Many of Stephen’s paintings are inspired by music, nature and any objects that surround him, and he paints using acrylic on polyester-cotton. Often he makes use of the native designs in a contemporary and abstract manner.

The multi-talented Stephen also plays the guitar, drums and of course “sape” – traditional lute of many of the Orang Ulu. He is also renowned for his ngajat (traditional dance) skills.

Artistic talent runs in his family, therefore Stephen’s artistic talents are of no surprise. His mother, Maria – daughter of the late Kelabit Paramount Chief, Ngimat Ayu – is known amongst the Kelabit community for her skills in making ‘sapa talun’ (traditional vests made from tree bark).

These days, Stephen still gets to enjoy nature and traditional way of life, albeit a different country and his paintings have continued to catch the attention of art enthusiasts all over the world.

Currently, Stephen is preparing for his latest exhibition in Denmark.

Join IainWithEyes & Sarawak Cultural Village at The Hills during the 6 days of TENUN WEEK 2019 for an opportunity to pose and be photograph in traditional wear.

Each day between 12-8pm will be different but still fun so take full advantage of this opportunity!!

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