Tidal Bore Festival (Pesta Benak) 2019

SRI AMAN – Sarawak’s iconic event, the Pesta Benak or Tidal Bore festival, will be  held on September 27 – 29 in Bandar Sri Aman.

Centered around the natural phenomenon where water rushes up the Batang Lupar River causing waves as high as three meters and this phenomenon attracts local and international surfers.

The three-day event features longboat paddling competitions and also showcases talents such as singing, water sports and also food and trade fairs with nightly entertainment.

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Kuching Marathon 2019

KUCHING –   The annual Kuching Marathon is expected to attract more than 15,000 runners and will be held on August 18 at Padang Merdeka, Kuching.  

A full marathon of 42 KM, half marathon of 21KM, 10KM and 5KM respectively will be featured in this year’s 6th edition which is now augmented as International Road Race recognized by Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS).

The full marathon will take runners through and past the administrative centre of Kuching North and through some of the more historic parts of Kuching South before heading back to the finish line at the iconic Padang Merdeka.

Prizes will be awarded for the completion of the full marathon, half marathon and 10km runs with individual categories for Men, Women and Veterans while the 5km fun run is open to runners of all ages

The run offers an opportunity for participants to soak in some of the unique architecture and rich history of Kuching city.

Isuzu Malaysia is the main sponsor for this year’s marathon. Details and participation in the Kuching Marathon 2019 can be found at www.marathonkuching.com.

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Another Jazz Festival On September

KUCHING – The third edition of the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) will be held from September 27 and 28. It is an outdoor jazz festival overlooking the majestic Sarawak River.

Performances by world-class musicians, including Ning Baizura, Harvey Malaiholo, Swaiv, Dawn Wong and the Shanghai Jazz Club, Q Sound, Xanaduduo, Ushera, Sitti Navarro, Saxx In The City, Dave Brewer and The DooDaddies, Z Yan and Violinist Nisa Addina are on the pipeline.

KWJF 2019 will also features a bazaar which will see participation from local vendors comprising arts and craft, including food and beverage vendors. The bazaar will increase the value of the festival by giving festival-goers a more holistic experience, especially tourists, where they were able to purchase local products and various delicacies.  

This year KWJF has chosen the digital route and collaborated with the “Sarawak Pay” app to promote the two-day event.

Organized by Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the event is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts,  Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board.

 For purchase tickets or to learn more about the event, please visit www.kuchingwaterfrontjazz.com and KWJF’s official Facebook page.


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Hornbill Makes A Presence In The Land Of The Merlion

SINGAPORE – Sarawak has firm plans to increase its footprint in the Lion City with the setting up of the Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS).

STATOS is one of strategies undertaken by Sarawak State Government to explore the global market, hence to bring in more investments, promote trade and attract more tourists to Sarawak.

The office will serve as a one-stop centre for investment and businesses as well as tourism players in Singapore for those want to know more about Sarawak. It will also be the hub of communication between exporters and importers from Sarawak and Business communities in Singapore.

STATOS will facilitate Sarawak tourism through several ways such as creating complete database on Sarawak tourism products and activities by undertaking analysis on tourism trends and tourist preference as well as expenditure patterns in Singapore and globally.

STATOS was launched by Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg on June 20, and is located at 80, Robinson Road, Singapore with its office hours from 9.00am to 6.00pm on Monday to Friday,

For further details, please contact [email protected]

Photo shows Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiating at the soft launching of STATOS office on June 20
Photo shows Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiating at the soft launching of STATOS office on June 20

Celebrating Kuching’s 31st Anniversary

KUCHING – More than three decade of achieving its’ city status, Kuching, the City of Unity, is unique with its vibrant and multicultural races that live together in  harmony.

With this year’s theme “Empowering Smart Community” sees the revolving of Kuching in olden days to a modern setting with changes throughout the 31 years, the celebration centers around culture, living heritage, food and festival.

The Council of the Kuching South and Kuching North City Halls are jointly hosting a month- long activities, including the Kuching Festival Food Fair (July 26 – August 16), Kuching Got Talent, Silat competition at Kampung Sourabaya Waterfront (August 3-4), Angling competition at Kampung Senari Jetty (August 17) and an ‘Uptown Cat Exhibition’ at the Cat Museum in DBKU Complex (August 17),

A badminton tournament at Datuk Seri Haji Wan Junaidi Hall in Kampung Goebilt (August 18), a Muaythai championship at the Amphitheatre (August 24), and the ‘BandarayaKU Walk’ across Kampung Bintangor Besar Bridge (August 31) will also be on the list of activities to be organised in and around the city during the celebration.

Kuching attained its City status on August 1, 1988.

For more information on activities, may log on to https://dbku.sarawak.gov.my and https://mbks.sarawak.gov.my

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Revealing The New Sarawak Ad Panel On Airasia’s Aircrafts

KUCHING – Five AirAsia aircrafts are now displaying the Visit Sarawak’ Campaign’s advertisement panels on its overhead luggage compartments featuring enticing destination’s visuals including delicacies, festivals, nature and landmarks.

The aircrafts fly to the various cities in the region including in Malaysia, Thailand, Indo – China, Indonesia, China, India, Brunei, and Singapore.  

This promotional initiative will give Sarawak greater brand visibility in the region targeting travellers. It serves to convey not only the promotional messages but a chance to showcase Sarawak iconic visuals and is one of the best platforms to boost destination visibility.

The revealing was officiated by Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, witnessed by Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, STB’s Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Aziz Bakar, Director of AirAsia and Syed Anuar bin Syed Ahmad, Managing director of Laduni Services at the Kuching International Airport here on August 13.

Photo shows Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah giving a thumbs up at one of AirAsia overhead compartment advertisement panel witnessed by Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and Dato Aziz Bakar.
Photo shows Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah giving a thumbs up at one of AirAsia overhead compartment advertisement panel witnessed by Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and Dato Aziz Bakar.

#WAK2019 IS ON FROM SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 27

KUCHING: What About Kuching (WAK) is back for its third edition this year and it will be held from September 28 to October 27.

The month-long festival is where the city’s arts, culture and lifestyle will take a centre stage and most of events will be held in and around Kuching. 

To brighten up the spirit of Kuching, #WAK2019 will dish out events including the 5th Borneo International Beads Conference, WAK Music Portal , Sarawakiana Carnival, Blank Spaces, to name a few.

The WAK’s calendar of activities and events will be revealed on August 9 and for more information, please log on to https://aboutkuching.com/

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MONTH-LONG KUCHING FESTIVAL IS ON!

KUCHING: The Annual Kuching Festival, with a total of 281 food and 11 trade fair stalls, a garden corner and a large stage for nightly performances, is now happening at the Kuching City South Council compound for 24 consecutive nights starting from 6.00pm until 11.00pm nightly from July 26 to August 16, 2019.  

This year’s food fair with choice delicacies ranging from traditional, modern to fusion.  Celebrated as part of a programme for the Kuching City 31st Anniversary Carnival, the Kuching Festival is organised by Kuching City South Council to commemorate the Kuching City status which was announced on August 1, 1988.  This festival is held annually to boost the local tourism and food industry with this year’s theme, “Happy Kuching”.

This year edition of the food fair is introducing SarawakPay, the State’s online payment system aimed to encourage customers going cashless when purchasing food and products on sale.

Photo shows visitors at Kuching Festival
Photo shows visitors at Kuching Festival

SEAMAX EXPLORER AVAILABLE FOR HIRE

MIRI- With sports fishing fast gaining popularity in Miri, anglers can now enjoy and experience deep sea fishing with the availability of the cruise boat, Seamax Explorer available for rental.

Armed with an experienced crew on board, this specially designed fishing cruise boat   caters up to 20 passengers including crew and captain at one time.

It is recommended that the best season for sea fishing is during the months of March till October.

For those interested to charter the Seamax Explorer for offshore fishing trip expeditions, please contact Mr Vincent Lo Kiun Sin – Miri Anglers Club (Secretary) at 6017 – 802 9002.

Photo shows the Seamax Explorer
Photo shows the Seamax Explorer

RWMF 2020 TO BE HELD ON JULY 10-12

KUCHING – Missing this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival? Not to worry as the 23rd edition of RWMF will be on July 10 to 12 next year.

As Sarawak’s headliner tourism attraction, the festival has proven itself to be more than just a music festival but a weekend fiesta celebrated by both locals and tourists.

A capacity crowd of 23,650 was clocked in on the final hour of the festival this year with the largest turn out to be on Saturday night.

The festival program, including the wellness activities, sape’ and percussion tutorials, cultural talks, crafts bazaar and the daily late evening Gathering of the Tribes and the drum circles, had received good ratings from audience.

A new addition this year was the Indigenous Stage which featured bands and groups showcasing unique tribal culture in an informal outdoor setting.

Also introduced this year were the DJ sets with three different world themes such as reggae, bangra and Russian Romps that entertained festival-goers at after-party DJ session.

In line with Sarawak Tourism Board’s initiative on responsible tourism, the Go Green campaign this year had included the discouraging of usage of plastic bottled water and having water dispensers at strategic locations at the festival venue, Spativate’s  eye-catching designs waste bins and Biji-Biji’s waste collection meant for composting and also the  tree planting  at the nearby Pantai Puteri, Santubong.

Twenty two years ago, the RWMF began with very small gathering of 300 people  and fast forward, it had gained worldwide recognition having won multiple awards including putting itself into the Top 8 of the Transglobal World Music Chart for Festival Award.

Photo shows official date for 23rd edition of Rainforest World Music Festival on July 10 -12, 2020.
Photo shows official date for 23rd edition of Rainforest World Music Festival on July 10 -12, 2020.