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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Sarawak International Dragon Boat Race

October 26-28

The Sarawak International Dragon Boat Race, one of the most significant annual sporting events in Sarawak, will bring together representatives from twelve different countries, with 29 teams of over 900 people participating.

The Dragon Boat Race which will be held along the Sarawak River will have five categories, namely the International Open’s 20 crew, International Open’s 12 crew, International Mixed 12 crew, International Ladies 12 crew and International Master 12 crew.

The total prize money for this year amounts to RM45,500.00,  while paddlers team are in it for the prestige  to be  crowned the “Raja Sungai”, or King of the River.

Apart from the Dragon Boat races, the Kuching waterfront itself becomes an event to behold, with local food and handicraft exhibitions and busking performances bringing the area to life.

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Sarawak to Host 23rd Asian Television Award

Sarawak is hosting the 23rd Asian Television Awards at the Borneo Convention Centre (BCCK) from January 11 to 13, 2019.

The event recognises and awards excellence within the Asian film and television industry from across 43 categories, ranging from performances to production and programming, bringing together over 500 delegates from across Asia.

The three day event will feature a Gala Night on the first night and a Red Carpet and Performance Award Presentation on the second night, at the BCCK.

The final day will feature a public concert to be held at the Amphitheatre at Jalan Budaya.


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Darul Hana Musical Fountain comes alive

The Darul Hana Musical Fountain at the Kuching Waterfront was launched on October 14th in conjunction with the 82nd birthday celebration of His Excellency the Governor of Sarawak.

The musical fountain features a flashy display of water performances accompanied by a neon light show and music lasting 15 minutes at a time.

The twice-daily fountain shows take place at 8.30pm to 8.45pm and 10.00pm to 10.15pm, and is now another attraction to the Kuching waterfront.

Other attractions include the Darul Hana Bridge, the Dewan Undangan Negeri complex as well as the cobblestone walkway, food stalls and the busking sessions held over the weekends along the serene waterfront area.

For more updates on the attractions at the Kuching Waterfront, visit: https://www.facebook.com/waterfront.official/

View of the fountains from Waterfront Hotel. Photo Credit: The Waterfront Hotel
View of the fountains from Waterfront Hotel. Photo Credit: The Waterfront Hotel

Sarawak Representatives at ITB ASIA

Sarawak Tourism Board and six travel agencies, product owners and hoteliers from Sarawak will be meeting international sellers at booth number C05 at ITB Asia 2018, which is being held from 17 to 19 October at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

The industry partners include the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Straits Central Travel & Tour Agencies, Kuching Holidays & Car Rental, Pullman Miri Waterfront & Pullman Kuching, Greatown Travel, and CPH Travel Agencies.

ITB Asia is Asia’s leading travel trade show, with 940 exhibitors, 951 buyers and over 11,000 delegates participating from over 110 countries across all segments of MICE, Corporate and Leisure travel.

Waterfront Night Live

29 September & 1-6, 12, 19-20 October

Kuching Waterfront’s nights will be coming alive weekly with the live performances during the Waterfront Night Live.

It is free entertainment for those who frequent Kuching’s waterfront and the performances will be held at the Godown Amphitheatre.

The live performances aim to expose and share the local talent with a diverse audience, as the waterfront area of Kuching is often teeming with both Kuchingites and tourists alike.

For more information on the performances, call Melissa at +6011 – 3154 5582

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Padungan Food Safari

29 September to 28 October

 For a month, Padungan Street, Kuching’s Chinatown will come alive with food rich in history and flavour in the celebration of the Padungan Food Safari.

Visitors can now follow every steps at the Food Safari guided by culinary posters displayed at the entrances of the 60 participating food outlets along the street.

Take the challenge to sample each featured dish, ranging from local delicacies like kolo mee and Sarawak laksa to international fares like Japanese, Filipino and Western cuisine.

With each featured dish tried, visitors can collect stamps on a Food Safari Passport, available at any of the participating outlets, and redeem it in return with “What About Kuching” merchandise.

This Food Safari is held in conjunction with “What About Kuching 2018”, a month-long city-wide festival that promotes the art, culture and lifestyle of Kuching’s communities.

For more information, visit https://aboutkuching.com/

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7th Japan Film Festival in Kuching

The 7th edition of the Japan Film Festival in Kuching (and 15th edition of the Festival in Malaysia) is coming on October 4 to 7 to GSC CityONE Megamall.

Featuring 12 Japanese films of mixed genres, among others, romantic comedy, suspense youth drama, documentary and features lining up an exciting evening activity for the weekend.

The Festival is hosted by the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) for over a decade with the objective of developing a mutual understanding between the Japanese and the people of Sarawak people film and to increase interest in Japanese films in the ASEAN region.

The JFKL has also facilitated and supported the exchange of personnel and experts who work in the fields of Arts, Culture, Humanities and Social Sciences between Japan and ASEAN countries.

For more information on the movies being screened, visit https://www.jfkl.org.my/events/jff-2018/

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Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers and enthusiast had a grand time celebrating the second edition of the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) over the weekend of September 28 to 29.

As the first outdoor jazz festival overlooking the Sarawak River, the KWJF has received great reception for the two years, thanks to its entertaining local and international performers’ line up.

KWJF2018 featured jazz talents including Dayang Nurfaizah (Sarawak), Sang Voyage (Sarawak), Jolynn J Chin (Sarawak), Tuku Kame Jazz (Sarawak), Malaysia, Atilia Haron (Malaysia), Aisyah Aziz (Malaysia), Blues Gang (Malaysia), Alemay Fernandez (Singapore), Natalie Gillespie Band (Australia) and Carmen Souza Trio (Portugal).

The first KWJF in 2017 and recorded about 4, 000 festival-goers.

The Blues Gang performing on the KWJF stage. Photo credit: mikhauLLU
The Blues Gang performing on the KWJF stage. Photo credit: mikhauLLU

Launch of Ranee: Margaret of Sarawak

The museum exhibit named “Ranee: Margaret of Sarawak” was officially  launched  by the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah on September 28 at the Old Court House in Kuching.

Curated by the Brooke Trust, the exhibit centres on the life, legend and legacy of Margaret de Windt, wife of the second Rajah Brooke, who became the queen of Sarawak at the age of 19.

This exhibition will be a permanent museum fixture in Kuching, providing insight into Ranee Margaret’s life through paintings, music, literature and craft.

As Ranee for nearly half a century, one of her greatest contributions to the state was her appreciation for skills such as songket weaving and keringkam embroidery, leading her to be a patron to such crafts, having her personal collection which can now be shared in this exhibit.  

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