Miri Country Music Festival

November 24, 2018

Taking place at Coco Cabana in Miri, the fifth edition of the Miri Country Music Festival (MCMF) will be staged on November 24.

Featuring a line-up of local and out of Malaysia country musicians, it aims to draw in country music lovers from all walks of life to the festival.

Activities at the festival include a bazaar offering various stalls selling wide varieties of food, games and souvenir items.

Tickets are priced at RM30 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 years old and below.

For more information, visit their website here…

Raggy, one of the performers in MCMF2018
Raggy, one of the performers in MCMF2018

Siol International Mountain Bike Challenge 2018

November 9, 2018November 11, 2018

The Siol International Mountain Bike Challenge (SIMBC) will take place from November 9 to 11 in Kuching.

It is also in the 7th of the nine legs in the Asia Mountain Bike Series (AMS), which is held across several Asian countries such as Japan, Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei.

The SIMBC is divided into 10 Categories; Cross Country Challenge (XCO) Men’s Elite (19 years above), XCO Women’s Elite (19 years above), UCI Men’s Junior World Series (17 and 18 years old), UCI Women’s Junior World Series (17 and 18 years old), Men’s Master A (30 years above), Men’s Master B (30 years above), Sarawak Closed, Downhill (DH) Men’s Elite (17 years above), DH Women’s Elite (17 years above) and DH Men’s Master (30 years above).

An additional challenge is the Team Relay (XCR) category where the competitors will be vying for the Mayor’s Trophy.

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Borneo Talent Awards

November 23, 2018November 24, 2018

From November 23 to 24, the talented artistes of Sibu town will compete to identify the most talented performer around town.

Open to both Malaysians and foreigners with no age limit, this talent competition showcases an array of talent, from singing, dancing, acrobatics, pantomimes and many other performing arts both traditional and modern.

This event is organised by the Sibu Municipal Council with the intent to explore and nurture the local talent of the local Sibu community.

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Sarawak Crafts Festival

The Sarawak Craft Festival has brought 100 craft entrepreneurs from throughout the country to the banks of the Sarawak River, from October 26 to November 4.

There are 82 entrepreneurs participating from Sarawak, in addition to eight participants from Sabah, one from Terengganu, three from Kelantan, two from Selangor, one from Melaka, one from Perak and three from Negeri Sembilan.

This festival is being held in conjunction with the Kuching Waterfront Festival 2018, and coincides with the International Dragon Boat Race (October 26-28) and the Sarawak Regatta (November 2-4), which is also being held at the Kuching Waterfront.

Some of the wares on sale include textiles, jungle produce, ceramics, beadwork, accessories, metals and various other crafts.

The Sarawak Craft Festival aims to encourage Malaysians, especially the youth, to appreciate and use locally-made craft products as part of their lifestyle.

Craftswomen weaving textiles and baskets, and beading accessories.
Craftswomen weaving textiles and baskets, and beading accessories.

RWMF at WOMEX in Spain

Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) participated in the 24th edition of Womex – The World Music Expo at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain from Oct 24–28.

With such a positive enquiries from international bands and artistes, it comes as no surprise that Sarawak can become a key market to music lovers all over the world”, said STB Events and Corporate Relations director Angelina Bateman.

Attending the event with the RWMF organising staff were award-winning Sarawak band and two-time RWMF star group, Nading Rhapsody, who are known for their blend of traditional and contemporary Sarawak music.

Represented by Royston Kulleh and Azhfar Raimi, Nading Rhapsody hoped to gain as much international  experience as possible from this renowned world music expo.

“Attending Womex is a big step for us and an opportunity to promote the unique music from Sarawak,” said Royston Kulleh. He and Azhfar Raimi represented Nading Rhapsody at the expo.

RWMF has garnered international recognition in the 21 years it has been held, with over 20,000 festival goers attending in 2018

The Sarawak Tourism Board believes in giving Sarawakian music artistes opportunities to perform at an international level as RWMF continues to bring in global music audience, as well as facilitating their presence in the international world music scene.

“STB provides an avenue for representatives to attend this international event with us and promote themselves on the international music scene, in the hope that they would be able to perform on  their own at international events outside Malaysia and prove that Sarawak has something unique to offer in terms of music and culture,” said Angelina Bateman, STB Director of Events and Corporate Services, as well as organising director of the RWMF.

Womex which has travelled all over Europe since 1994 is recognised as the most important international professional market of world music.

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Museums and Galleries in Kuching

While the Sarawak Museum is under renovation and the Sarawak Museum Campus and Heritage Trail is being constructed, there are still plenty of other museums and galleries that you can visit in Kuching. In fact, there are 11 of them.

The Urang Sarawak Gallery located at the Sarawak Art Museum next to the closed Sarawak Museum building displays the rich religious, cultural and historical heritage of the Chinese, Malay, Dayak and Orang Ulu people of Sarawak.

The Chinese History Museum at the Kuching Waterfront and the Islamic Heritage Museum at Jalan P. Ramlee, display the heritage of the Chinese and Malay communities in Sarawak respectively. 

The Textile Museum showcases authentic textiles made by the main ethnic communities of Sarawak, with the Tun Jugah Pua Kumbu Museum at Tun Jugah Tower focusing on the textiles of the Iban people.

Within the Textile Museum, you can find the Treasures from Nusantara Gallery, displaying 30 Bornean historic artefacts.

There are many more galleries within the city, some focusing on the history of women in the state or the lives of the Brookes, and even a museum focused on all things feline. Read more here…

Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum

Royal Brunei Airlines Reinstates Kuching flight

The Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) will be reinstating its flight from Bandar Sri Begawan to Kuching on December 28, 2018.

RB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Karam Chand said “Kuching is one of the first destinations that RB flew to back in 1975 alongside Singapore, Kota Kinabalu and Hong Kong and we are very proud to be connecting this beautiful city to the rest of our network and providing the missing link to Brunei. We have significantly expanded our route network this year and the direct flights will allow the marketing of single and dual destinations packages in all the Cities we serve for the benefit of our tourism stakeholders in Brunei and Sarawak”.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank and welcome back RB to Kuching, said Sarawak Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor and adding that our industry partners have been looking forward to the reinstatement of the flight.

“It makes Kuching more accessible to our focus markets including Melbourne (Australia), Shanghai (China) London (United Kingdom) which augurs well for the marketing of the destination” she continued

RB will commence its first flight to Kuching on RB A320neo effective 28 December 2018 with twice weekly service and by 3 February 2019 the frequency will increase to four times weekly.

RB first flew to Kuching on 15 May 1975 with its last flight on 28 July 2011 when the route was suspended.

Guests will be able to purchase the tickets from www.flyroyalbrunei.com or nearest travel agencies from 29th October 2018.
Guests will be able to purchase the tickets from www.flyroyalbrunei.com or nearest travel agencies from 29th October 2018.

STB Receives Certificate of Excellence

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is the proud recipient of the Certificate of Excellence at the Malaysia Tourism Council Gold Awards 2018.

The Certificate was awarded for the great success of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2018. The next RWMF will take place on July 12-14, 2019.

Picture shows from left, Tuan Haji Mohammad Ibrahim Nordin, Malaysian Association of Hotels Sarawak Chapter Chairman, Puan Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, Chief Executive Officer of STB,  Dayang Azizah bt. Abang Zaidan, Malaysian Association of Travel & Trade Agents (MATTA) Chairman, Ngui Ing Ing, STB Board of Director, and Maurice Balang, Senior Manager of Project Management and Corporate Relations of STB, proudly showing the plaque.
Picture shows from left, Tuan Haji Mohammad Ibrahim Nordin, Malaysian Association of Hotels Sarawak Chapter Chairman, Puan Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, Chief Executive Officer of STB, Dayang Azizah bt. Abang Zaidan, Malaysian Association of Travel & Trade Agents (MATTA) Chairman, Ngui Ing Ing, STB Board of Director, and Maurice Balang, Senior Manager of Product Management and Corporate Relations of STB, proudly showing the plaque.

Sarawak – More to Discover

The Sarawak Tourism Board is pleased to announce that the logo for the Visit Sarawak Campaign (VSC) has been officially launched in a series of campaigns held in Kuala Lumpur on October 16 and in Singapore on October 18.

Another launch will take place in London on November 6 and in Shenshen China in Mid December.

The campaign’s logo is vibrant yet simple, featuring notable designs  like the vine-like embellishment in the ‘S’, much like motives frequently used in the Orang Ulu crafts, the swirl in the ‘A’s as often seen in the Dayak ‘bunga terung’ design, as well as the hornbill in the centre of the logo, depicting Sarawak as ‘the Land of the Hornbill’. The various colours also hold various meaning, which can be read here.

The tagline ‘More to Discover’ expands on Sarawak’s existing brand for Culture, Adventure and Nature, Food and Festivals, encouraging visitors to go beyond what one usually expects from Sarawak; to venture off the beaten path and discover lesser known food and festivals, and to journey into Sarawak’s interior.

A promotional video is also available, resenting the journey visitors’ take when discovering Sarawak and the self-discovery that happens along the way. Watch the video here.

To find out more about what Sarawak has to offer, visit the landing page for the campaign here.

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Sarawak Regatta 2018

November 2- 4

The Sarawak Regatta will be held from November 2-4 this year, featuring 14 boat racing categories, 24 qualifying races and 12 finals.

This annual event is a grand show of sportsmanship and strength between many different villages from around Sarawak, as they row their 30-paddle longboats furiously down the Sarawak River to compete for the coveted ‘Raja Sungai’ title, in a tradition of healthy rivalry that has been alive since the Brooke era.

The significance of regattas in Sarawak dates back to 1872, when it was first held with the intention of stopping racial wars among local tribes due to the prevalent headhunting practices; a practice that had just been outlawed by the Brookes.

James Brooke had urged the tribes to challenge each other by having boat races to prove their power and strength, leading to this annual event that has been held ever since.

The regatta now includes participants from various government agencies, private sectors and teams from neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Brunei.

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