MINDA, NCCA elicit inputs from Indonesian Consulate for the 2017 BIMP-EAGA Budayaw Festival

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Mindanao State University-Marawi held a meeting on Tuesday (Nov 15) with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia to draw inputs, ideas, and suggestions for the proposed various activities in the upcoming 2017 Brunei Darrusalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines – East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Budayaw Festival.

2017 BIMP-EAGA Budayaw Festival is a five-day celebration of culture, arts, diversity and affinity of the EAGA region that aims to promote appreciation of the sub-region's rich heritage and culture of its neighboring ASEAN states.

The festival which will be conducted by September next year is one of the agreements during the BIMP-EAGA Socio-Cultural and Education (SCE) Cluster Meeting held last July.

“Budayaw Festival aims to feature the cultural movers from the BIMP-EAGA by giving them a platform that will honor their significant contributions to the socioeconomic development of the sub-region, said Gerardo Reynaldo, development management officer of MinDA.

Organizers consider the conduct of several sub-events, focusing on the fields of visual arts, photography, film, music, dance, and theatre.

The existing schools of living tradition in some towns of Mindanao where skills of Moro and Lumad cultural masters are being transferred to the younger generation will also be featured during the festival.

BIMP-EAGA was founded in 1994 by its four member states. It aims to increase trade, tourism and investments inside and outside the subregion.
(Info source: MinDA)