Karnival Rakyat Karangkraf brings back nostalgia of old days

Activities and competitions will encompass aspects of both traditional and modern arts.

Nuratikah Athilya Hassan
Nuratikah Athilya Hassan
29 May 2024 06:53pm
Photo for illustrative purposes only. Source: Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry's X account
Photo for illustrative purposes only. Source: Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry's X account

SHAH ALAM -- The Karnival Rakyat Karangkraf is bringing back the nostalgia of the old days through its traditional and community-themed event, featuring two main components: traditional games and community performances.

The project director Nik Justin Nik Mohd Ariffin said that all activities and competitions would encompass aspects of both traditional and modern arts, which could be participated in by all layers of society.

"Among the exciting activities provided are SinarPlus MakanFest, Tomkraf Cat Fiesta, Rahmah Sale, art performances, traditional games and village sports, a haunted house, Sinar Bestari school canteen day, uniformed body demonstrations and lucky draws.

"For the competitions, there are two categories: school-level competitions such as tating lawi, tuju tin, dikir barat, poetry and storytelling, while for the general public, there are traditional costume contests for kids, classic motor auto shows, best Tomkraf costumes, and village sports.

"Every competition involving school students is conducted in collaboration with the Selangor State Education Department (JPN) to ensure all rules and regulations comply with the guidelines from the Ministry of Education Malaysia (KPM)," he told Sinar Harian.

The Karnival Rakyat Karangkraf would be held from July 26 to 28, starting from 9am to 7pm at the Karangkraf Group, Section 15, Shah Alam.

The programme is organised in conjunction with the 18th anniversary of Sinar Harian, as well as to celebrate the uniqueness of Malaysia's cultural heritage and to show appreciation to the loyal readers of the newspaper.

Nik Justin also said that more than 50 exhibition booths from various private and government agencies related to the carnival's concept would be open to visitors.

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He added that the SinarPlus MakanFest would feature more than 50 stalls and food trucks showcasing various unique and traditional foods found in Malaysia.

Furthermore, the carnival aims to bring the younger generation closer to the customs and culture of the past, which allows them to experience the activities their parents used to play during their childhood.

"This family-oriented carnival aims to expose young people to life beyond social media and the internet. I hope everyone can mark their calendars for July 26 to 28 to attend the carnival.

"The public is invited to join the fun and experience the activities being organised, with free entry. They only need to register upon arrival to stand a chance to win special prizes through the lucky draw.

"If there are any questions and for more information about this programme, please visit https://www.sinarharian.com.my/karnival-rakyat-karangkraf for details and the 'Google Form' for attendance registration," he said.