Brunei Darussalam hosted the 3rd BIMP-EAGA Budayaw Festival of Culture and Arts 2021, a month-long virtual festival, which had kicked off virtually on 18 December 2021 with an opening ceremony.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Deep in the Eyes, Close to the heart”, bringing various virtual cultural and creative activities to the BIMP-EAGA communities and at the same time, highlighting the critical connection of culture and technology in fostering exchanges and developing appreciation of ethnic diversity in the BIMP-EAGA region. The theme also depicts the revival of strategically important cultural partnerships during the pandemic Covid-19.
Through these activities, artists, cultural experts and professionals are able to flaunt their cultural and artistic expressions.
Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei Darussalam, abounds with some of Southeast Asia’s most iconic architectures, collections of historical artefacts and cultural landmarks.
Brunei Darussalam is reputed to be the most ancient of Malays states in the Southeast Asian region. Since the first ruler of Brunei Darussalam, Awang Alak Betatar (Sultan Muhammad Shah), Islam has played, and still plays, a very central role in the history of the Sultanate. Its dynamic and ancient history, coupled with centuries – old practices of Malay culture, traditions, language, arts, crafts and Islam-centric way of life is today preserved and enshrined in the Sultanate’s national philosophy known as the Malay Islamic Monarchy, known in Malay as “Melayu Islam Beraja” (MIB).