The 1st Budayaw: 2017 BIMP-EAGA Festival on Culture and Arts will happen from September 28-October 3, 2017 in Mindanao.

The 1st Budayaw: 2017 BIMP-EAGA Festival on Culture and Arts, a multi-dimensional  and  multi-disciplinary  festival  of arts  and culture of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East-Asian Growth Area (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines) will take place in General Santos City and Sarangani Province from September 28 – October 3, 2017. 

With the theme “Taking Pride in the Creative Diversity of the BIMP-EAGA Region,” the festival will showcase the diversity of creative expressions of the region. The five day fest shall gather around 300 contemporary artists and indigenous cultural masters. The creative works  of cultural   masters,  artists  and cultural  practitioners    coming  from  the  four  countries   will be simultaneously    showcased  in various  venues  in Mindanao, Philippines,   particularly in General  Santos City and in the Province of Sarangani.

The  Budayaw  Festival  will  be held  every  two  years rotating in the  four  member   countries. The Philippines was suggested  to  launch  the  Festival  in 2017 in time  with  the 50th  Anniversary   of the ASEAN which the country is also hosting.

BIMP-EAGA   was established   in 1994 to address  the social and economic development of the less developed and remote territories in the eastern  side of BIMP. The focus  areas  include the following: the entire  sultanate of Brunei  Darussalam;  the  provinces  of Kalimantan, Sulawesi,  Maluku  and West  Papua of Indonesia;  the states of Sabah and Sarawak  and the federal  territory   of Labuan  in Malaysia;  and Mindanao   and the  province  of Palawan  in the Philippines.

To streamline the strategic focus of the  BIMP-EAGA, four  pillars  were  agreed  upon  by the leaders  of the  four countries: Enhancing  connectivity, Establishing   BIMP-EAGA as food  basket for ASEAN,  Promoting   BIMP-EAGA as regional  tourism   destination,    and  Ensuring sustainable management   of the  Environment.

In 2012,  during  the  10th  BIMP-EAGA Summit,  the leaders  expressed  that  social and cultural activities   can contribute in laying  the foundation for greater   understanding    among  the  diverse communities    within   the sub-region. Thus, in 2014, the Socio-cultural and Education Pillar (SCE) was formally   added  as the fifth  Pillar of the BIMP-EAGA Cooperation appointing the  Philippines as Chairman  of the Socio-cultural Development Working Group  and  Malaysia  as the  Chair for Education   from  2015-2016. Being the de facto Department of Culture,  the National Commission for Culture and the Arts represents the Philippines in the working group.

For the years 2015-2025, the  Philippines has committed to implement three  projects:   An Inventory of Artists and Cultural Organization in the region, an Exhibit  of Textiles from BIMP-EAGA and the  2017 Budayaw  Festival. 

 Festival Highlights

  • “Bulos  Kana!  Selmat  Datengln     Photo  Exhibit  and interactive    lectures   on the  landscapes and peoples  of the  EAGA region.
  • Intertwining  Dreams  for  Harmony  and Peace: Master IKAT Weavers  Pavilion  Showcase
  • Narratives   of Earth  Music:  Tell-tales   of the  EAGA Indigenous  Virtuosos   in traditional music.
  • Jewels  of the  EAGA: Performance  showcase  of Contemporary  Artists.
  • Young Voices Rising for  Peace: Invitational  Choral  Concert  Performance.
  • Under  One Sky: EAGA Collaborative Installation Art  and EAGA Visual  Arts Exhibition.
  • Film  and  Digital  Arts  Festival
  • Special  Events: Collaborative  Performances,  Community  Outreach   and  Hosted  Community Tours  and  Creative  Interactions.