July is here with full of activities, entertainment, in celebration of arts, cultures, foods and festivals.
The month of July will kick start with the first ever Rainforest In the City to be staged from July 2 – 11.
The Rainforest Fringe Festival from July 5 – 12, presenting the best of Sarawak, will showcase music, arts, crafts, films, photography, food and culture. This event is happening throughout the Kuching city.
The 22nd Edition of Rainforest World Music Festival, to be held from July 12 – 14 at Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai, will see 30 countries, 30 nationalities and 200 performers from over the world sharing one stage to showcase culture, arts, music and heritage.
To conclude the month of July, the 14th Edition of the Borneo Jazz festival will be held from July 19-21 at Coco Cabana, Miri, featuring a series of international world renowned artistes, such as “Crazy Rich Asian” Jasmine Chen, Malaysian R&B singer Najwa and hip-hop ambassador Joe Flizzow and DJ Maestro from Amsterdam. For Info and tickets sales can log on to sarawaktourism.com
Kuching: #UrBins X RWMF a pilot project by a local social enterprise, Spativate, is aimed to inspire members of the public on the importance of care of the environment. It was launched on June 29 at the Kuching Waterfront.
The green initiative gave different angle about “rubbish”, and how one can be environment friendly.
This initiative, supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board is to create and give meaningful functions to the bins with creativity and “soul” added to it to make it something practical and integral in our daily lives.
15 unique and attractive bins were revealed near the waterfront steamship building during the launch, with all designs bringing motives of cool, fun and educating.
Chief Executive Officer of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor thanked Spativate for the initiative and hoped that other agencies and organizations would be able to emulate such green initiatives.
15 “#UrBins” will be placed at Rainforest World Music Festival’s venue at the Sarawak Cultural Village throughout the festival period and after the festival, the bins will be placed throughout the various tourist attractions in the city for local and visitors to view.
Kuching: To kicks off July, the Rainforest in the City, first ever event of such nature to be held in Sarawak, will feature the “rainforest experience” to the city folks and visitors from July 2 to 11.
The event will highlight Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals of Sarawak, augmented with music, lights and enhanced with display of technology.
Hosted by Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports in collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board, it is aimed to enhance and hype the awareness and as a prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival that will held on July 12 – 14.
RITC will light up the Kuching Amphitheater where immersive installations of light display of Forest Projection Mapping, LED Tree, “Tunnel of Life” and LED Light Balls are complemented by music shows.
Entertainment and performances await audience with musical group like At Adau, Swaiv, Pinanak Sentah, Raban Kenyalang, Warisan Budaya Melayu Sarawak and more to fill the night of entertainment.
“Pesta Nukenen” celebrates the most unique Sarawak’s ethnic food and cultural festivals, with three days of feasting in celebration of local heritage with tourists and locals.
The festival presents the local culinary, farming and cultural inheritance of the Bario Highlands in Northern Sarawak. It celebrates the last surviving traditionally farmed and forested highland watersheds in Sarawak. Enjoy the delicacy of organic home cooked food by the longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands.
Founded in 2005 as a community-owned and funded food and cultural festival it offers plenty side activities such as traditional games and dances by the young and old.
The Star Clipper with a capacity of 170 passengers including 74 crews from Star Clipper Monaco arrived at Senari Port, Kuching on 3 June.
The ship was on its 10 nights “eastbound” journey, starting from Kota Kinabalu, Pulau Tiga, Bandar Seri Begawan, Miri, and Kuching with its journey ending at Nongsa Point, Singapore.
The cruise passengers were given a Sarawak traditional welcoming ceremony by 10 member’s cultural troupe from Sarawak Tourism Board with series of cultural dance performances to introduce the uniqueness and diversity in Sarawak.
While in the city, they also had a chance to visit the Semenggoh Nature Reserve for feeding Orang Utan and Bako National Park to visit the beautiful rainforest and mesmerizing the nature.
The Star Clipper will be making another two trips to Sarawak this year and the ship will sail to Miri port for the first time.
Sarawak’s three iconic festivals set to welcome Bruneian to Sarawak, thanks to the easy access to Kuching by Royal Brunei and the efficient cross border crossing at Sungei Tujuh in Miri.
The festival’s promotional campaign, dubbed, “3 festivals 1 destination” was held in Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei on June 13.
The Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, His excellency Ismail bin Salam joined by the Chief Executive Officer of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor hosted the festival promotional campaign for partners including travel agents, foreign dignitaries and the local media.
The festivals will be kicked off on July 2 with the 3rd edition of the Rainforest Fringe Festival, the 22nd edition the Rainforest World Music Festival on July 12 – 14 both to be held in Kuching and to be concluded with the 14th edition of the Borneo Jazz Festival on July 19 – 21 in Miri.
Three festivals will highlight the very best of Sarawak arts, diversified cultures, and authentic delicacies, showcasing the lifestyle of people and presenting various rhythms of music.
The Lambir Trail #SibutiChallenge is a joint collaboration between the Forestry Corporation, Forest Department and Underground Runner Club Miri with the aim to increase awareness among runners in the area and reduce the number of illegal off-trail running at the national park.
Sarawak Lambir Hills NP had increasingly becoming a place of interest for trekking and running activity along its many trails, though some running groups go off-trail, harming and disrupting the delicate ecosystem of the National Park.
Geographically famous for its rugged terrain, the park is at high target for individuals seeking challenges and the event aims not to discourage running in this area, but to encourage responsible running and care for the environment.
For information on the trail or to register, follow this link. Registration closes on June 14.
The Sarawak International Festival of Music and Arts (SIFMA) 2019 will be held at the old State Legislative Assembly on June 28 and 29.
Tickets, available at the International Music House (IMH), are priced RM50 each for normal seats and RM100 each for premium seats.
Some of the performances include the Mandeville Stars and The Vocal Consort from Singapore, Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra from Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur Children Choir, SIFMA Orchestra, as well as dance troupes from Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.
The festival aims to create an avenue for international artistes to come to Sarawak, showcase their talents, and allow Sarawakians themselves to see their own arts being performed on a grand scale.
It is organised by International Music House (IMH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports.
Inquiry can be made by calling 082-424658 or 016-8794658.