Gawai Carnival Redeems 2018

May 25-26

Gawai celebrations take every region by storm every year, and the annual Gawai Carnival Redeems at Kampung Apar Singai, Bau is no exception.

Gawai is a local native celebration to revel in the rice harvest season.

The Carnival features traditional food, arts, crafts and cultural performances and culture through a festivities and community sports.

For more information, kindly contact REDEEMS Secretariat Tel: 082- 450 450 or visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/redeems.apar.singai.bau

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Selangau Festival

May 26 – 27

Selangau Festival takes place at Selangau in Sibu, just 74km from Sibu town on the weekend.

It features an annual Rafting Challenge on the Batang Mukah river.

With competitors weaving along a winding river and lush greenery, the Rafting Challenge has become a real crowd puller in the area.

Other water sports at the event are kayaking and radio-controlled boat racing while the “Selangau Bazaaar” takes place on the sidelines.

For more information, call 084-336077 or 084-324694

Pesta Selangau 2017, retrieved from the official website of Majlis Daerah Luar Bandar Sibu: http://www.srdc.gov.my
Pesta Selangau 2017, retrieved from the official website of Majlis Daerah Luar Bandar Sibu: http://www.srdc.gov.my

 

Lawas Community Tourism Programme

A community programme themed “Solidarity as a catalyst for Community Welfare in Tourism” will be held in Lawas on April 27-29.

Lawas spans less than 4,000km2  , is 1,200 km from Kuching and roughly 200km from Kota Kinabalu, with buses from Sabah and Brunei.

The Tourism Programme features an expo on local products, workshops on cultural heritage and arts and other running events.

“The objective of the programme is to nurture unity, solidarity and integration among the local community while at the same time creating a platform for the people to promote their products and crafts,” according to Assistant Minister of Community Wellbeing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.

Sunset over Kampung Punang Jetty in Lawas
Sunset over Kampung Punang Jetty in Lawas

 

Newest Family Member

The Orangutans of Semenggoh Wildlife Centre welcomed their newest family member, bringing the number of free-ranging orangutan up to 30.

The birth is believed to have happened on March 22, to 16 year old orangutan Sadamiah, who previously gave birth to a female orangutan Ruby five years ago.

The baby is yet to be named.

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World Harvest Festival

27-29 April

The World Harvest Festival will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village, a 45 minute drivefrom Kuching city centre, in celebration of Gawai.

For the three days of the festival, the Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Culinary Challenge with chefs cooking traditional Dayak and other ethnic food, the Tribal Ironman Challenge and Craft World Bazaar selling local crafts will take place.

On the first night on April 27 is the finals for the Miss Cultural harvest Beauty Festival.

The musical drama, a major attraction of the Festival, takes place on the second night and is titled “Rentap – The Untold Story” Legendary Iban warrior accompanied by the Gawai Concert with the “War of the Rhythm”.

The Sape World Concert takes place on the third night, featuring Sape artists from around Sarawak in a celebration of the iconic traditional instrument that put Sarawak on the map.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Sarawak-Harvest-and-Folklore-Festival-185353224907021/

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Pesta Kaul Mukah

21 -28 April

Pesta Kaul is a traditional cultural celebration of the coastal Melanau community in Mukah, in the central region of Sarawak.

Originally celebrated as a religious ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea, land, forest and farms, the Pesta Kaul is rooted in the old animistic beliefs of the Melanau and their traditions in giving thanks and praying for bountiful years in the wake of monsoon seasons.

While most Melanau no longer practice the old religion, the old rituals of purification and offering are still performed as a cultural spectacle to keep the colourful traditions alive.

The Pesta Kaul offers attractions like the “Tibow” or giant swing, a display of traditional games, clothes, dance, music and most importantly, an abundance of traditional food to be shared together.

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Answering the Demand for Digital at MATTA 2018

Sarawak Tourism Board will highlight its first Tourism Virtual Reality (VR) experience this weekend at the MATTA Fair to be held at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur.

This is part of its new marketing initiative to embrace digital technology in the promotion of tourism in the State. 

Interactively, the VR technology to be shared with MATTA visitors will feature a new dimension in the travel experience between the consumers and the destination.

Ashweein Narayanan, the Executive Director of Kuching based Amogha Tours and Travel (in collaboration with Trifold Enterprise), will provide a technical  demonstration to try out the new Sarawak virtual experience using Samsung Gear VR experience available at Sarawak Tourism booth during MATTA Fair period.

Ashweein has  expressed his wish bring the State’s  tourism industry  to a whole new level in line with the Sarawak Chief Minister’s vision to ‘digitize’ all industries, saying that conventional methods of sales and marketing may no longer be so viable and innovative methods were needed to garner the attention of the public.

For more information on Sarawak at MATTA Fair 2018, visit http://bit.ly/matta2018

Image of exhibitors sampling the VR tour during a briefing at the Sarawak Tourism Board office.
Image of exhibitors sampling the VR tour during a briefing at the Sarawak Tourism Board office.

 

Rare Plant Rediscovered in Sarawak

The thismia neptunis, one of the rarest plants in the world last seen in 1866, was rediscovered on the riverbank of the Matang Massif late last year.

Thanks to the drawings of Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari, who spotted it in the same area in 1866, the plant was identified.

The discovery was made under the Research for Intensified Management of Bio-rich Areas in Sarawak (Rimba) programme, which is a collective research effort between the Sarawak Forestry Corporation and international institutions dedicated to research in biodiversity.

Photo credit: The Star Online. Image of the thismianeptunis
Photo credit: The Star Online. Image of the thismia neptunis

Wings Air Now Flies to Miri

Wings Air flew into Miri Airport from Pontianak for its inaugural flight on March 15 at 6.20pm and making a return trip at 6.50pm.

The starting price for tickets is at RM163.00, available online at www.malindoair.com and www.lionair.co.id

The flight arrives just in time to bolster Miri’s Visit Miri Year 2018 campaign, as they promote the attractions and international events like the AfroLatinFiestaand BorneoJazz, Mulu National Park and the Bario Highlands.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin expressed his excitement for the new flight, saying that the flights will further strengthen the relationship between Sarawak and Kalimantan, Indonesia, not only in the joint promotion of nature and culture tourism but also in business.

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Image taken at Wings Air Pontianak-Kuching inaugural flight to Kuching in January this year.