Learn to cook Sarawak Food

Sarawak’s ethnic diversity means that the food offerings are as diverse in taste and flavour. This class will offers some of Sarawak’s favourite food such as Sarawak Laksa, Gula Apong Chicken, ‘Midin’ (organic fern), ‘kerabu’ (local salad) and ‘Ulam’ rice. Shop for the freshest local produce at the local market. You will learn the substitute ingredients to use that you can’t find readily back home. Read more here.


Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF)

21-25 August 2018

The 7th Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) will take place on August 21-25 at the Sibu Civic Centre and the Ku Tien Memorial Park in Sibu.

Dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of dance arts, the SIDF creates timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite dancer and audiences.

The festival which was privately debuted in 2012 and has been an annual event ever since, this year featuring the tagline “Experience culture and arts through dance.”

This SIDF will feature the Dance Concert, outdoor site-specific performances, dance workshops and a dance conference.

For more information, visit their website at http://sidfestival.com/ or contact Hornland Dance Theater at 084-349932 or 016-8937614.


Siniawan Heritage Fiesta 2018

October 4-14

The 3rd Siniawan Heritage Fiesta will take place from October 4 to 14,

The street of Siniawan,  a 40 minutes’ drive from Kuching City is known for their beautiful lights and good food only  during the weekend, but during the Heritage Fiesta, the streets come alive every night with fun and games, cultural and modern food, competitions and even a run.

Among activities to be held are the Country & Western Cowboy Night, Folklore music night and street games, and karaoke singing competitions.

The Fiesta will also feature an Octoberfest Beer Festival, Arm Wrestling competitions, Traditional kuih making demonstrations, local band performances, and the Siniawan Heritage Town RUN 2018 on the final day before the closing ceremony.

Last year the fiesta attracted approximately 20,000 people and this year the event expects to draw more than 25,000 people.

For more information visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/siniawanheritage/


Visitors from China and Singapore increase in 2018

The numbers are out, and the first five months of 2018 have shown an uptick of 20.2% arrivals from China and 15.8% from Singapore.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman, attributed this increase on the Kuching-Shenzen direct route that began in December 2017.

19,641 visitors arrived from China and 17,856 from Singapore, with overall visitor arrivals at this period totalling at 1.75 million.

The Ministry is targeting 4.5mil visitor arrivals and expecting RM8.05bil in tourism receipts this year, and will continue to ensure sustained growth to the tourism industry as they embark on the Visit Sarawak Campaign that will be launched at the end of the year.

Alta Moda Sarawak Redefining Borneo’s Fashion

The inaugural Alta Moda Sarawak 2018 is set to redefine Sarawak as the next Fashion Capital of Borneo, featuring an array of Sarawak Fashion designers showcasing their designs on rich and vibrant cultures of the State

To be held from 25 to 27 October at the State Legislative Assembly, it will be opened from 6.00pm to 11.00 pm featuring promising and established designers from Borneo and the rest if Malaysa.

“Alta Moda Sarawak is a brand platform for Sarawak designers to come together to showcase their talents and creations in the fields of arts, culture and crafts,” said its Chairperson Datin Esther Mujan Balan told a press conference here yesterday.

The event is expected to provide insight into the domestic and international opportunities in the fashion industry in Sarawak, through diversified programmes and activities that have been planned with the participation and support from local fashionistas, fashion interest groups, celebrities, VVIPs, associate partners and the media.

Around 1,500 guests are expected to be attending the programmes, which will be officiated at by Minister of by Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Among the designers were Paris-based Aaron Von Jolly and Dato Raymond Jolly of the internationally acclaimed Von Jolly Couture, Paul Carling, Wan Bynun, Anna Sue, Ben Nazry, Gavroche by Arzmy Hargreaves, Keith Sim, Noraini Salleh as well as fashion students from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.

See more: https://www.facebook.com/ALTAMODASARAWAK2018/


Sarawak Delegation to East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum (EATOF)

A Sarawak delegation led by Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports’ Minister, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, attended the three-day East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum in Tottori, Japan which concluded on August 12.

This was the 16th edition of EATOF with the theme ‘Sustainable Local Tourism Legacy Development’.

The delegation assured that Sarawak would contribute its best efforts to EATOF and its goals, while continuing to pull on its membership in several other regional cooperation platforms – specifically the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), Social Economic Malaysia-Indonesia (Sosek Malindo), Sabah-Sarawak-Labuan Joint Tourism Coordination and Collaboration Committee (SSLJTCC), and Sarawak-Brunei Bilateral Cooperation Tourism Working Group – to develop collaborations and joint activities in marketing and promoting Sarawak as a tourism destination in the region.

Currently, EATOF has 10-member provinces – Sarawak (Malaysia), Cebu (the Philippines), Gangwon (South Korea), Jilin (China), Tuv (Mongolia), Tottori (Japan), Yogyakarta (Indonesia), Quang Ninh (Vietnam), Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Luang Prabang (Laos).

Sarawak is “Malaysia’s Favourite Destination” at coming MATTA Fair

Sarawak will be MATTA fair’s “Malaysia’s Favourite Destination”. The fair will be held from September 7 to 9 at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

A team of 16 delegates consisting of travel agents, hotels and resorts as well as  product owners will represent Sarawak at this MATTA fair second outing for the year with the first fair being  held in March

Representing Sarawak are Kuching Holidays & Car Rental Sdn Bhd, Cooserv Travel & Tour, Greatown Travel Sdn. Bhd, Great Leap Tours, Sara Resorts Sdn. Bhd, The Waterfront Hotel, Borneo Highlands Hornbill Golf & Jungle Club Bhd, Tropical Adventure Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd, Hotel Grand Continental Kuching, Ecogreen Holidays, Brighton Travel & Tour Sdn. Bhd, Tune Hotel, Sarawak Cultural Village, Damai Beach Resort and Grand Margherita Hotel.

Special offers will include value for money tour packages and new products aimed to attract   domestic visitors and tourists Sarawak.

The Sarawak Booth is located in Hall 5, booth numbers 5042-5046 and 5053 – 5057.

Cultural performance at MATTA KL 2018 in March.
Cultural performance at MATTA KL 2018 in March.

Cycle The Headhunter’s Heartland

Follow the trail of the White Rajahs in the bygone era in their conquest to suppress the rebellious Headhunters, cycle into the Iban Heartland of authentic long houses, interior waterways and rustic forts. This trip runs from Kuching to Aiman Batang Ai Resort and Retreat.

Explore on two-wheels into the heartland of the legendary Dayaks, once feared headhunters of Borneo. Navigate the remote interior riverways and ride the outback country lanes to travel among the Dayak people.

Discover how their history intertwined with 100 years dynasty of English’s White Rajahs, in the 1840’s , by visiting the historical forts built by the White Rajahs to defend against the warring headhunters and learn their fascinating legacy.

Along the trail, stay in unique Dayak longhouses to enjoy the hospitality of the tribal hosts and indulge in authentic cuisines prepared from nature’s freshest ingredients. This one week trip is an amazing experience to live among the proud natives of Borneo — an epic cycling holiday for the heart and soul.


Borneo International Kite Festival

Borneo International Kite Festival 2018 (BIKF) will be held in Bintulu from September 26 to 30.

The end of September turns the seaside open space of the Old Bintulu Airport into the perfect kite-flying field, with steady wind all day long.

The event is expected to bring in 400 kite-flyers this year from 25 countries.

The BIKF has made four records of magnitude number of kites flown since its inception in 2005, the latest being 2,500 diamond kites flown forming a 500 metre kite tunnel, which is included in the Malaysia Book of Records.

This family-fun event comes with it cultural and artiste performances in the evening. Make a day trip to Similajau National Park as a side-trip.

You can view the event programme here and find more information on the website here www.borneokites.com.


Kuching Marathon 2018

The fifth edition of the Kuching Marathon 2018 will take place on August 12 this year, beginning at Padang Merdeka and through the City of Kuching.

There will be a Full Marathon (42km), Half Marathon (21km), and runs of 10km and 5km distances.

The Kuching Marathon is an annual event that brings runners from all over the world together to run through the rich cultural heritage of Kuching City, and the race has since become an international road race recognized by Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) as listed in AIMS Race Calendar at http://aims-worldrunning.org.

For more information on the registration or marathon route, visit their website at www.marathonkuching.com.