I don’t deny that after looking at the 3-day programme of Pesta Pinji 2015, I didn’t feel any excitement about it. However, an errand saw me heading to the direction of Pinji, thus, I decided to make a stop.
Pesta Pinji 2015, from what I know, was a carnival-like event that showcased things in the bygone era, some of which were exclusive to the Pinji new village, such as food.
Over three days, activities lined up included pottery demonstration-cum-workshop, Cantonese opera performance, children’s games, rhymes and songs, movie screening and eco bag decoration contest for kids.
Part of the programme was art and craft exhibition but the highlight of Pesta Pinji, in my opinion, was the showcase of papier-mâché Malayan tapirs on the second day of the festival (May 2), in conjunction with World Tapir Day on April 27.
These papier-mâché Malayan tapirs were hand made by the students, aged between 8 – 12, of Simple Art Studio, led by its owner Brian Tan.
Besides this collection of 85 tapirs of various sizes, plus one life-size, there was also another collection of a thousand clay tapirs.
This mini exhibition, similar to the panda invasion, was to create awareness among the public on this endangered species of animal.
Pesta Pinji was an effort to revive the culture, tradition and popular food of old Pasir Pinji. The 75ft X 15ft Giant Wall Mural was also part of the initiative.
Event: Pesta Pinji 2015
Venue: Fu Jor Seah, Jalan Raja Muda, Pasir Pinji, Ipoh
Date: 1st – 3rd May, 2015
Time: 10am – 6pm
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