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KUCHING: Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS) will continue its ‘Things That Bind Us’ (TTBU) project, which began last year, with a new episode of a webinar on this Saturday, August 13, 2022, titled Storytelling by Rhymes; The Oral Tradition We Know Today.

Tuan Haji Yusuf Bin Bujang from Persatuan Kesenian dan Warisan Melayu Kuching (KEWARISMA) and Dr Elena Gregoria Chai Chin Fern from the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts Sarawak are the speakers invited by YPS to speak about the art of telling stories through rhymes in Sarawak. Mr Ringah Kanyan, senior lecturer at the University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), will be the moderator of the webinar.

Rhymes, or bermukun in the Malay community, are used to tell stories by correlating rhymes to reality, personal experiences, conventions, law, and cultural values. Rhymes are used in various cultures and traditions in Sarawak, and the speakers will elaborate and share their vast knowledge during this webinar session. Participants interested in participating should register by Friday at bit.ly/3Pbr2B4 or call us at 082 332 700. The webinar is open to the general public.

The next episode of the webinar will focus on Sarawak’s pottery art. This year, there will be a total of six webinars covering a variety of topics related to Sarawak cultures and traditions.

Things That Bind Us aimed to cultivate an appreciation for Sarawak’s heritage and culture as well as highlight its shared characteristics while also cultivating Sarawakian unity through our shared history, culture, and traditions.