Virtual Budayaw Opens with a Feast for the Eyes and Heart

Date Published
December 18, 2021

This year's festival is themed “Deep in the eyes. Close to the heart” and will showcase the subregion's diverse culture and heritage.

Expect dance performances, an arts exhibit, a fashion dialogue, and a fashion film showcase at the 2021 Budayaw Festival, which opens today.

Once again BIMP-EAGA is celebrating its diverse culture and heritage during this year’s Budayaw Festival, which ends on 17 January 2022. The festival aims to strengthen the ties within the subregion.

This year’s theme is “Deep in the eyes. Close to the heart.”

Budayaw is a portmanteau of the Bahasa word “budaya” which means culture and the Filipino word “dayaw” which means good or beautiful.

This year’s festival will be held virtually and hosted by Brunei Darussalam. The first Budayaw Festival was held in 2017 in General Santos City, Mindanao in the Philippines, while the second was in 2019 in Kuching, Malaysia.

Sights and sounds

The opening ceremony will be streamed on Zoom, YouTube, and Instagram Live, featuring dance performances from different cultures across BIMP-EAGA.

The virtual fashion dialogue and fashion film showcase will also be available on Zoom, YouTube and Instagram Live from 23 December 2022 to 15 January 2022. In the past, the fashion show promoted local fabrics and the richness of member countries’ textile traditions.

The virtual arts exhibit, which can be viewed via the Galeri Seni Brunei—Brunei Art Gallery— platform until 17 January, is described as a multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary festival of the arts and cultures of BIMP-EAGA members, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The exhibit may be viewed on web browsers.

Galeri Seni Brunei is also available on the App Store and Google Play. It is a virtual 3D space built by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei to promote Bruneian artists.

Signature event

Budayaw is a signature event of the BIMP-EAGA Socio-Cultural and Education Cluster. The festival serves as a venue to foster stronger connectivity among the peoples of the subregion and to showcase the diversity of their creative expressions. The festival is held every 2 years.

Socio-cultural and education is one of the main pillars of BIMP-EAGA under Vision 2025 and deemed vital for the long-term sustainability of the subregion.

Under this pillar, BIMP-EAGA promotes, preserves, and sustains indigenous culture and heritage as well as enhances people-to-people connectivity and knowledge exchange. It aims to develop the subregion’s human resources and build a highly skilled and competent workforce to support development initiatives. 

For more information about Budayaw, visit the festival’s Facebook page.