Sibu Street Art Festival

July 5, 2019 – July 12, 2019

The Sibu Street Art Festival showcases the trail of mural paintings that wind their way through Sibu’s streets and walkways, featuring various concepts ranging from graffiti to more realistic designs.

The festival offers an opportunity for local artists to share their creativity in whatever arts they practice, with street galleries, creative bazaar, and live street performances taking place over the course of the festival. 

The Sibu Street Art Festival showcases the town’s mural paintings whose subjects vary from famous foods of Sibu to the day-to-day life of people of Sibu.

For more information, visit the Festival official facebook page here…


Rainforest Fringe Festival

July 5, 2019 – July 12, 2019

The third edition of the Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) is a prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival and Borneo Jazz Festival, featuring music, art, craft, film, photography, food, and culture of Sarawak and beyond.  This 10-day Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) will be held from July 5 to 11.

The RFF promises to mesmerise Kuching city visitors with a wide range of arts and craft exhibitions, fashion and food galore, films, photography and fashion shows.

One of the highlights of the event will be the “Primates: At the Origin”, a dance performed to live music on a bamboo or wooden stage to be constructed within the Old Court House.

For more information, visit the Rainforest Fringe Festival website here…


Sarawak Divisional Brochures

The Sarawak Tourism Board has prepared nine divisional brochures which feature the lesser known divisions of Betong, Bintulu, Kapit, Limbang, Mukah, Samarahan, Sarikei, Serian and Sri Aman, which are often overlooked in favour of Kuching, Miri and Sibu.

These brochures aim to encourage visitors to consider these divisions when planning their holiday, as these areas are full of local community-driven events and experiences that take you off the beaten track.

Though some of the divisions border on rural, the areas have their own charm and every location is rich with culture and an authentic way of life unique to any other part of Sarawak.

The brochures will be available at visitor information counters in Kuching, Miri and Sibu.

They will also be used for international promotion during roadshows and trade events abroad.

The nine brochures will also be available for download on the Sarawak Tourism website once they have been launched.

Rainforest World Music Festival Performers’ List

The Rainforest World Music Festival has released the performer’s list for this year’s concert performances and workshops, featuring 30 bands of 30 diverse nationalities.

There will be five groups from Sarawak itself, namely At Adau, Kemada, Suku Menoa, Staak Bisomu and Suk Binie’, performing everything from contemporary-meets-ancient music to authentic Iban rituals and chants.

This Festival will feature bands from Spain, Rapa Nui, Chile, Bhutan, Nagaland, Vietnam, Ireland, Japan, Colombia, Jamaica, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Madagaskar, Iran, Mongolia, Estonia, Scotland, Mongolia, Morocco, Mauritius and Canary Islands and many more.  

For more information on the performers, visit the RWMF website here…

Suku Menoa from Sarawak
Suku Menoa from Sarawak

Rainforest Fringe Festival launches 2019 programme

The Rainforest Fringe Festival wrapped up its first press conference on May 14th at the Old Courthouse, launching its new programme in July 5 to 11.

The programme includes events like the ‘Asas Melayu’, which will feature the intricate beauty of Sarawak Keringkam and Songket, which is the Malay tradition of textiles stitched or woven with gold thread, in a fashion show with designs by acclaimed designers like Datuk Seri Bernard Chandran and Sarawak’s own Datuk Tom Abang Saufi, as well as Tanoti House of Kuching.

Also featured will be the Indigenous Film Festival Kuching, showcasing the indigenous culture of Sarawak, along with events like the tattoo exhibition ‘INK Kuching’, and the Song to the Earth which displays the dying art of Kayan song-poetry known as Parap.

The CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor said that “We are proud to showcase that Sarawak can be a hub of music tourism, unique cultural and arts experiences, and world-class festivals that are the best in the region. Rainforest Fringe Festival will showcase music, arts, crafts, photography, food and culture, both local and foreign, throughout Kuching City.

Sharzede added that the RFF is aiming to become a major cultural event in the region for expanding Sarawak’s repertoire as a music tourism destination, bringing attention to the state’s potential not only as festival location but as a destination that sees cultural preservation as one of its priorities.

The RFF is a prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival on July 12-14 and Borneo Jazz Festival on July 19-21

For more information on the Rainforest Fringe Festival, log on to their website here.

Image shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (second from left). Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Lee Kim Shin (left), Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor (second from right) and Jo Sidek (right)
Image shows the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (second from left). Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Lee Kim Shin (left), Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor (second from right) and Jo Sidek (right)


Borneo Jazz Festival

July 19, 2019July 21, 2019

The 14th Borneo Jazz is an annual international jazz festival, one of the longest running in the region that takes place in the seaside city of Miri at Coco Cabana, features a vast repertoire of Jazz genres with some hip hop, neo-soul and rap.

This year’s Borneo Jazz also includes a Talent and DJ Search, bringing together promising Bornean musicians from all around to perform on the stage with their counterparts from abroad.

Tourists who come to Miri for this event can combine a long weekend of good Jazz in the evening with exploring Miri’s many natural wonders by day.

They can go on a day visit to the Lambir Hills or the historical Niah National Park located just an hour and two away respectively.  And if you are a scuba diver, the dive sites in the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park beckons.  The nearest dive site is a mere 15-min away, just off the coast of the city.

For more information on the festival, visit the website here…


Borneo Cultural Festival

July 18, 2019 – July 27, 2019

The Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) starts from July 18 to 27 this year, at the Sibu Town Square, within walking distance of major hotels in the town centre.

BCF features a week-long bonanza of food, music and dance performances, celebrating the diversity of Sibu’s communities and cultural background, particularly among the Chinese, Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Malay and Melanau people.

The richness of Sibu’s heritage on display is complemented by trade shows, a fun fair and stage shows.

BCF, Sibu’s biggest annual tourism event, is free for the public.

Borneo Cultural Festival is organized by Sibu Municipal Council. For more information on the BCF, click here…

Photo credit: Phillip Hii
Photo credit: Phillip Hii


Singapore School Friendship Day

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) celebrated International Friendship Day at Riverside Secondary and Wellington Primary Schools in Singapore recently with opportunity to highlight Sarawak product experiences to the school’s teachers, students and parents.

Showcasing Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals, the focal themes in the Visit Sarawak Campaign, the guests had their first-hand experience in watching cultural stage performances and sampling of food such as Sarawak layer cakes, pepper sweets and tebaloi (sago crackers).

STB Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor  said “ we are currently focusing on different customer segments which include school children, as one of the most distinctive changes in markets over the time is the expansion in the choice of destinations available.”

“It is timely as we are now promoting aggressively our Visit Sarawak Campaign.” she went on.

Singaporean arrival into Sarawak in 2018 stood at 43,734, an increase of 3.69% compared to the previous year.

STB hopes that participation in this event will encourage more teachers and family groups from Singapore to choose Sarawak as one of their future holiday destinations and study trips, taking advantage of the 4 daily direct flights between the two destinations.

#Urbins at the Rainforest World Music Festival

This year, the Rainforest World Music Festival will feature #UrBins (Urban + Bins).

This series of attractive and practical recycling bins designed by a group of local artists.

Submissions will be open to those currently residing in Sarawak until the end of RWMF2019 in July 2019, including international students and expatriates.

Each submission will include 2 design concepts, each with a separate description on how the design ties in with the United Nation’s “Sustainable Development Goal” (SDG) 11; which is to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

Designs will be posted publicly through an applicant’s Facebook post, where they must tag @Spativate, @SarawakTravel and @rwmf.official, as well as hashtag #UrBins, #RWMF2019 #BinsPlease and #MoreSarawak.

The design’s ‘promotion and submission’ phase will aid in educating the public on the SDG while promoting sustainability through creative design, and on the days of the Festival, the attractive designs of the bins will also help in drawing attention to their purpose and importance.

The 15 UrBinists will be short listed by a professional jury before their designs will be presented to the public to vote through Facebook, and the selected designs will be supplied green bins and seed money of RM300 to make their designs a reality.

For more information on submission, please visit the Spativate Facebook page here…


Borneo Jazz Festival Talent Search Extended

During the Borneo Jazz Talent Search that took place at Coco Cabana, Miri on April 30th, founder of No Black Tie Evelyn Hii Yuh Lin, announced that there will be an extension to the date of the talent search audition till the end of May, finalists will be announced on first week of June.

The finalists from the Talent Search will go to the final round on July 19, while the official winners will receive a cash prize and the chance to perform on the Borneo Jazz stage.

The Borneo Jazz Talent Search was first held in 2018, while the DJ Talent Search is a new category, as part of the Festival’s musical outreach programme aimed at unearthing young and emerging artists from the Bornean region.

Fringe activities curated around Borneo Jazz Festival include an art exhibition, arts & crafts showcase, stalls with Bornean cuisine, wellness and sape’ sessions as well as workshops on indigenous culture.

This year, the festival is organised by No Black Tie, who have made it their objective to emphasise on the social responsibility towards recycling within the local community via the Borneo Jazz Beat Plastic Campaign.

The Borneo Jazz Festival is one of the longest running festivals in the region, this year being the 14th edition taking place from July 19 to 21 at Coco Cabana and is owned by Sarawak Tourism Board.