| Achong Tanjong |
THE Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman yesterday attended the closing ceremony of the Puppet Workshop 2014 and presented certificates of participation to 35 participants, workshop facilitators from Singapore and members of Asean Puppetry Association (APA). The event took place at Sarmayuda Hall, Language and Literature Bureau, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in Berakas.
The one-and-half-day’s workshop was organised by the Brunei Arts Enthusiasts Association (PeSTAB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The Chairman of PeSTAB, Awg Seruddin bin Awg Damit, in his welcoming speech said the workshop has received encouraging response from participants, especially youth in appreciating the puppet show.
He said the puppet acts as a platform to deliver good stories to convey the message of the story taken from a myth or legend to the public especially children. He added that in Brunei Darussalam there is a similar game known as ‘Asyik’ but it is seldom practised nowadays.
Puppet game, he added, can enhance the culture of storytelling in the country and motivate young minds to think about the importance of storytelling to support the creative endeavours in the country.
He said PeSTAB aims to make the association as a cultural academic institution and a culture centre under one roof with aim to produce more artists, especially local youth.
He urged them to continue to join PeSTAB to polish their talents in arts as PeSTAB has various arts experts.
He also thanked the Chairman of the working committee of the workshop, Haji Abdul Hakim bin Haji Mohd Yassin, for his hard work and commitment in making the workshop a success and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for continuously supporting PeSTAB.
Haji Abdul Hakim bin Haji Mohd Yassin said that during the Asean Puppetry Association meeting in June 2014, one decision was made to help member countries that do not have puppets.
He informed that Singapore is ready to collaborate with Brunei to organise the workshop.
The workshop was aimed at introducing various types of puppets and methods of playing using hands and string.
Five workshop facilitators from Singapore and one moderator from the Philippines and five members of APA Indonesia attended the workshop as observers.