Street Fest breathes life into capital

|     Izah Azahari     |

MORE than 200 youth from various fields participated in the BWN Street Fest II at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex in the capital yesterday.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin attended the event.

The event – organised by the Big BWN Project with support from Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd – aimed to bring the capital back to life by creating an avenue for local youth to get together to show their skills and talents.

Being a celebration of the local progressive youth community involved in street culture (food, art, fashion and sports), BWN Street Fest also provided the local community an opportunity to reward young local entrepreneurs with a business-like experience, and to showcase a product or talent during the event. This allowed them to develop new customer prospects and created public awareness on the interests of the younger generation.

For this year’s BWN Street Fest, they partnered up with more local youth groups to make the event a success and the first of its kind in Brunei Darussalam, especially in promoting youth inclusivity and collaboration; and are specialised in their own field to showcase their skills and talents. This year’s partners were Shooting Stars Academy, Guerrilla Artchitects Studio, Bruhooders, RYSK BMX, Begawan Fixed Gear, Primal Performance, Jakeyweez and UneekSk8shop.

The event partners are committed to engaging with the local public and youth through an energising and informative programme of activities and demonstrations; and also the ‘Tempatan Street Market’ for street food and street wear entrepreneurs to facilitate networking and business opportunities for them through an interactive exhibition and market to display their products and services.

The year’s event was unique as it aimed to be more environmental friendly by means of reducing the use of single-use plastics. Members of the public were encouraged to bring their own reusables such as containers, cups, bottles, cutleries – a follow up to the zero waste Brunei initiative launched during last Sahur Saturday.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin in a group photo during the event. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI
Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan speaks to a vendor
Demonstration of skills at the Fixie bike competition
An artist working on his graffiti piece