6-day ASEAN puppetry workshop concludes

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

DESPITE the growing threat of modern forms of entertainment on the art of Puppetry, enthusiasts said the dying traditional pastime can certainly be re-popularised again among the youth.

During the closing ceremony of the ASEAN Puppetry Exchange programme (APEX), the chairman of ASEAN Puppetry Association (APA) said that while animation and movies are a growing popularity among people, we can incorporate contemporary characters from these movies into puppetry.

“Nowadays you have characters such as Superman and Mario or more recently, characters from Star Wars - we can turn them into puppets which will attract people to puppetry.

“We can also take traditional characters such as Awang Semaun and others and fuse them with the modern characters into a good story,” said Hj Abdul Hakim Hj Mohd Yassin.

The Representative of the APEX Coordinator, Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy said that in Vietnam, puppetry is still a very popular form of entertainment despite having television and other media enitertainment.

“Our Vietnamese people really love puppetry because in our country the art form is richly diverse in different types of puppets,” she said adding that the puppet shows in Vietnam are more to comedic skits rather than moral stories.

A puppeteer from Singapore Iswandiarjo, 33, said that through puppetry, people are more accessible to a platform where personal stories can be relayed compared to the modern method of making movies.

“We can make our own stories through puppetry which can be shared with family and friends and it is a lot more cheaper and easier to conduct compared to making movies,” he said.

The ceremony held yesterday evening at Pusat Belia in the capital concluded the six-day APEX programme funded by the ASEAN foundation with a series of performances by member countries and a presentation of certificates to participants. Present at the event to give out the certificates of participation to members of the APEX programme was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof.

The closing ceremony was organised by the Brunei Art Enthusiasts Association.

The Brunei Times