SBAF 2018 started as an annual event of art performance on the anniversary of Kita Theater, South Kalimantan—every December 12th. The event was organized by inviting several art communities throughout South Kalimantan to perform as a birthday gift for Kita Theater. The event usually takes place at South Kalimantan Cultural Park.
The performance of cultural art that was staged at the time, e.g., poetry reading, dance, music, theater, art installation, and some other cultural art from South Kalimantan. The event is repeated from year to year with various renewal efforts: started as an ordinary performance, then developed into a national coverage festival—with performer from outside Kalimantan, e.g., Jakarta (Institut Kesenian Jakarta), Yogyakarta, Bandung, Malaysia, France, etc.
Not only cultural art performances that has become an integral part of the annual event, but also art workshops. In the year of 2017, the event itself has developed as it embraced wider activities, artistic quality, and social life. The development happened due to support from a figure who happen to have a high concern towards cultural art and propose that the event to be held at Kiram Hill, Mr. H. Sahbirin Noor. Owing to the stimulated and encouragement given by the figure, this event then named as, “South Borneo Art Festival.” And in this year, SBAF 2018 would involve art exhibitors and cultural performances from South Kalimantan, Nusantara (Indonesia), and overseas.
Hopefully, through the implementation of SBAF we helped develop the art and social-preneur people of South Kalimantan. Amen.