VISION

Sustainable economic opportunities through cultural heritage. With that, Dayak communities of Sarawak maintain positive cultural identity through continued practice of tradition, arts and culture.

VALUES

Collaboration
Community spirit, an integral part of Dayak culture.

Accountability & Transparency
To the communities we collaborate with and the partners we work with.

Lifelong learners
In order to progress as individuals or as a community.

Pride in our cultural heritage

MISSION

Committed to responsible development and promotion of cultural-heritage talents, products & services while empowering communities through capacity building.

What Impact Do We Wish For Our Communities?

• SUSTAINABLE INCOME • SPUR CREATIVE & CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP THROUGH CAPACITY BUILDING • PRESERVATION OF TRADITION, ART & CULTURE •

what we do

The Tuyang Initiative works with Dayak communities (of Sarawak, Malaysia's Borneo) in the inclusive development and promotion of cultural-heritage talents, products & services. This is for a chance at sustainable alternative income and preservation of tradition, art & culture.

Performances, classes, workshops & talks

Learn about traditional art forms. From the communities themselves. Weaving, beading, dancing, singing or playing musical instruments. These are amongst the many skills practiced by

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Demonstrations & Exhibits

Beautiful ways to discover and fall in love with Dayak culture. Endless ways to uncover something new about our people and culture. From mixed photo

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Commissions for Cultural Art & Craft

Like something? Let community artisans make it for you.Want a show? Allow community practitioners to showcase it to you. From performances, to private art and

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Cultural Talent Development, Management & Promotion

Cultural legacy now in the hands of the next generation. We aim to grow a new generation of Master practitioners and Artisans. While our goal

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Testimonials

An eye opener to a lot of festival-goers

 

When Juvita (co-founder) first knocked on our door, we were very certain at that time that we wanted to partner with Tuyang due to the content they have to offer, and we did not regret that decision. Especially for folks here in West Malaysia, this sort of cultural/arts programme is not something that we experience regularly; and indeed, the entire curation that happened during the festival finale was an eye opener to a lot of the festival-goers.

Throughout the entire process, Tuyang’s team was very professional and well-organised. They were prompt, and despite being based in Sarawak, we were kept updated at all time on their progress. As any festival organiser will know, this eases the worries of the organiser, help alleviate potential miscommunications and at the same time, ensuring things planned are on track with the festival direction and commitment.

It was a real pleasure working with The Tuyang Initiative!

Ian Chow and Evangeline Lim
Festival Directors
Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival 2018 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

2018-09-22T02:19:24+00:00

Ian Chow and Evangeline Lim
Festival Directors
Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival 2018 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

  When Juvita (co-founder) first knocked on our door, we were very certain at that time that we wanted to partner with Tuyang due to the content they have to offer, and we did not regret that decision. Especially for folks here in West Malaysia, this sort of cultural/arts programme is not something that we experience regularly; and indeed, the entire curation that happened during the festival finale was an eye opener to a lot of the festival-goers. Throughout the entire process, Tuyang’s team was very professional and well-organised. They were prompt, and despite being based in Sarawak, we were kept updated at all time on their progress. As any festival organiser will know, this eases the worries of the organiser, help alleviate potential miscommunications and at the same time, ensuring things planned are on track with the festival direction and commitment. It was a real pleasure working with The Tuyang Initiative!

Spiritually enriching experience

 

Mathew is an amazing teacher.

I went to him with a request: I wanted to experience Dayak culture through Sape' as an art form, and what he shared with me subsequently was priceless. A truly dedicated master of music. Learning Sape' from Mathew was a very spiritually enriching experience.

Jana Thevar
Private Sape' Lesson with Mathew Ngau Jau
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

2018-08-22T17:08:00+00:00

Jana Thevar
Private Sape' Lesson with Mathew Ngau Jau
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

  Mathew is an amazing teacher. I went to him with a request: I wanted to experience Dayak culture through Sape' as an art form, and what he shared with me subsequently was priceless. A truly dedicated master of music. Learning Sape' from Mathew was a very spiritually enriching experience.

Very professional and a pleasure to work with

 

I had the pleasure of working with Juvita and The Tuyang Initiative for our Merdeka celebration. They were very professional and a pleasure to work with. Their performances were engaging and riveting, it definitely added to our sense of pride in being Malaysians. What I like most was how the dancers came off stage and encouraged employees to participate in the Magunatip dance. Employees were having a blast and for many a first time experience they truly appreciated. Juvita is great at advising you what works best for your event. I highly recommend you to give them a try.

Jit Nee Lim
Employee Engagement Lead
Maxis (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

2018-10-08T01:43:19+00:00

Jit Nee Lim
Employee Engagement Lead
Maxis (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

  I had the pleasure of working with Juvita and The Tuyang Initiative for our Merdeka celebration. They were very professional and a pleasure to work with. Their performances were engaging and riveting, it definitely added to our sense of pride in being Malaysians. What I like most was how the dancers came off stage and encouraged employees to participate in the Magunatip dance. Employees were having a blast and for many a first time experience they truly appreciated. Juvita is great at advising you what works best for your event. I highly recommend you to give them a try.

Clear, intentional effort to raise awareness amongst the general public of indigenous knowledge

 

The Singapore Botanic Gardens had the opportunity to work with the Tuyang Initiative earlier this year (Feb 2018- Jul 2018) as part of the recently opened new attraction of the Gardens, the Ethnobotany Garden.

Juvita Tatan Wan as the main coordinator for the organisation was responsive and helpful. After a quick explanation of the brief, she was able to quickly adapt the company’s offerings to suit our needs, which included both workshops during the opening week of the development, and hand-made artefacts that could be showcased in the garden. It was a joy working with her.

Both the workshops and the handcrafted artefacts from the team at the Tuyang Initiative were a great value-add to the development. There is clear intentional effort to raise awareness amongst the general public of indigenous knowledge; the artists engaged were familiar with their craft and authentic plant materials were used in creating the artefacts for the Gardens. As a result, these were effective in offering an educational insight into the intricate relationship between humans and plants, much in line with the vision of the Ethnobotany Garden.

We are satisfied with the professional work done for us at the Ethnobotany Garden.

Shawna Ng
Deputy Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens Development
National Parks Board (Singapore)

2018-10-13T02:00:03+00:00

Shawna Ng
Deputy Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens Development
National Parks Board (Singapore)

  The Singapore Botanic Gardens had the opportunity to work with the Tuyang Initiative earlier this year (Feb 2018- Jul 2018) as part of the recently opened new attraction of the Gardens, the Ethnobotany Garden. Juvita Tatan Wan as the main coordinator for the organisation was responsive and helpful. After a quick explanation of the brief, she was able to quickly adapt the company’s offerings to suit our needs, which included both workshops during the opening week of the development, and hand-made artefacts that could be showcased in the garden. It was a joy working with her. Both the workshops and the handcrafted artefacts from the team at the Tuyang Initiative were a great value-add to the development. There is clear intentional effort to raise awareness amongst the general public of indigenous knowledge; the artists engaged were familiar with their craft and authentic plant materials were used in creating the artefacts for the Gardens. As a result, these were effective in offering an educational insight into the intricate relationship between humans and plants, much in line with the vision of the Ethnobotany Garden. We are satisfied with the professional work done for us at the Ethnobotany Garden.

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The Tuyang Initiative, Lot 9351, Jalan Perkasa 7A, 98000, Senadin, Miri, Sarawak (Malaysia)

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+60 12 2049 353

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