‘Polishing’ youth creativity

Azlan Othman

Malam Minggu Pusat Belia (MMPB) extended its activities with a visit to the green jewel district last Saturday. The inaugural Saturday night activity held at Bumiputera Complex in Pekan Bangar received encouraging response from Temburong residents and visitors from Bandar Seri Begawan.

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 which kicked off from 4pm until 11pm.

MMPB is a platform to assist creative individuals and youth groups to develop and showcase their masterpieces. Since MMPB started in January 2019, many local youth have come forward and utilised the platform to demonstrate their talents and skills.

Appearing before the public, the hidden talents the youth have showcased range from traditional to modern art, street artists drawing sketches, life portraits, crafts and even modern design while there were also those who possess theatre skills and expertise in stage performances. Magicians were also seen demonstrating their innovative tricks and illusions.

Also present were youth skilled in modern and traditional martial arts, those active in sports such as archery, extreme sports as well as youth who are active in religious activities.

ABOVE & BELOW: A traditional dance performance during MMPB; and a traditional music presentation. PHOTOS: AZLAN OTHMAN

Handicrafts for sale during MMPB

The programmes proved to be welcoming and received support from both local and foreign visitors.

According to President of the MMPB Hajah Noor Monasalieana @ Suzie binti Haji Mohd Salleh, the creative industry is one that is both interesting and broad. It encourages creativity that becomes a hobby, which in turn inspires passion and interest.

It also marks the beginning of a job and to some extent contributes to the economy of our nation, helping to reduce the unemployment problem in Brunei Darussalam.

Previously held at the Youth Centre and Dermaga Diraja sites, MMPB is planning to expand its activities for youth to widen their talents and skills to other venues such as Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium and other districts.

Last Saturday night in Temburong, visitors were entertained by DKS cultural performances to motivate youth spirits to love and appreciate the tradition of Malay songs and to preserve them.

The so-called ‘MMPB Green Jewel’ also showcased fashion art from Seri Moda’s Artisan Market, which is said to be the equivalent of designers from overseas.

Fans of horror stories also had the opportunity to watch the local horror film Ranggau directed by a talented young filmmaker. There were also arm wrestling, street tug-of-war, Tabata workout and many other activities as well as booths put up by youth entrepreneurs.

MMPB organisers thanked the committee involved, government and private agencies, volunteers and individuals who made the event a success.