Rainforest Fringe Festival

6-15 July 2018

As a preclude for the Rainforest World Music Festival, the Rainforest Fringe lines up a festival mood in Kuching City on from 6 to 15 July.

The Fringe Festival features Sarawak music, art, craft, film, photography, food, and culture.

The 10-day fringe features activities like yoga, bamboo musical installations, exhibitions and evening performances like the First People Party.

For more information visit http://www.rainforestfringe.com/

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Music from 19 Countries will be Featured at Rainforest World Music Festival

13-15 July 2018

The 21st edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival will feature 38 bands from 19 different countries.

They are from Sarawak and Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Mordovia in Russia, Comoros Islands, Brazil, Serbia, India, Isle of Skye, the United States, Chile, Spain, Indonesia, China, Guinea, Korea, Solomon Islands, Tunisia, Poland, Coted’lvoire, Mexico, Japan, France and Mali.

The bands will be performing concertsand conducting mini sessions throughout the festival.

The wellness and lifestyle sessions are back and better than ever with activities such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Line Dancing, Pilates, Wushu, Zumba, Muy Thai, Bodyjam, Sound Bath Meditation and the Tabata Challenge.

The Festival grounds, located 45 minutes from Kuching city, have expanded to include the Damai Central area, just across from Sarawak Cultural Village, where a new ‘Big Tent’ stage is set for emerging local talent.

The three-day event taking place over the weekend from July 13 to 15.

For more information visit www.rwmf.net

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Rainforest Roadshows across Malaysia

This year, the Rainforest World Music Festival brings the music to you with a roadshow to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, where you get to watch traditional performances, play Augmented Reality games and win tickets to the Festival.

The roadshow begins in from June 20 to 24 at the Curve in Kuala Lumpur, then later from June 25 to 26 at Suria KL.

Next stop from June 29 to July 1 is Suria Sabah Mall in KK, before ending back in Kuching at Plaza Merdeka from July 6 to 8.

At Adau will be featured at the roadshow playing a fusion of Orang Ulu and Dayak tunes with traditional instruments like the ‘Sape’ or boat lute of Borneo.

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Gawai Carnival Redeems 2018

29 June – 1 July

The 13th edition of the Gawai Carnival Redeems will take place from June 29 to July 1 in Bau, located about 50 minutes from Kuching.

The Carnival showcases the rich Bidayuh cultural heritage of the Bau communities and aims to promote the region as a tourism destination.

Some of the events and attractions at the Carnival include traditional rituals, a beauty pageant, “Open House” at a longhouse, handicrafts demonstrations and food stalls as well as a Gawai Gala Dinner on May 30.

For more information on the event, visit Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/redeems.apar.singai.bau/

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5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5)

22-29th June

The 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Kuching from June 22 to 29 this year.

This event will bring together over 700 marine conservation professionals and students from many walks of life including scientists, practitioners, teachers, policy makers and journalists in the field.

The Congress aims to bring attendees together to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

For more information or to register for the event, visit https://conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc5/

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Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre

The Sarawak Aquatic Centre in Petra Jaya has been renamed Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre and was officiated by Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on May 8.

The Aquatic Centre served as the location for the Malaysia Games (SUKMA) in 2016 and was renamed in honour of the Malaysian diver Pandelela, a Sarawakian, who won silver and bronze medals in the 2016 and 2012 Olympics.

In early December last year, the Sarawak’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah led a delegation from the State and Malaysia Paralympic Council (MPC) to Mexico to observe the staging of the World Para Swimming Championship 2017 in preparation.

The State of Sarawak won the bid to host the World Para Swimming Championship 2019 in the year 2016, and will be hosting the event in this Aquatic Centre next year.

Last year, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was merged with the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the Datuk Karim, leading to new approaches towards sports tourism, including increasing international sports events held in Sarawak attracting spectators and athletes.


 

80 contingents at ‘Nitih Daun’ Gawai Procession

Approximately 80 contingents from different Dayak associations from throughout Borneo   and representing those from Sabah, Kalimantan and Brunei will be joining Sarawak’s various Dayak associations during the ‘Nitih Daun’ procession during the Gawai Dayak celebration to be held in Kuching on June 22.

This year’s festival will be hosted by the Iban community and is expected to draw 3,200 participants.

The‘Nitih Daun’ was last held was in the 1980s, and this year many Sarawakians, it will be their first time attending or participating in it.

The Gawai celebrations this year will begin with cultural performances and pre-concert events on June 21 to be held at the Kuching Waterfront, followed by the procession starting from Tun Jugah building towards the Waterfront on June 22.

In conjunction with State-wide Gawai celebrations on June 23, the Gawai Bazaar 2018 programme will also be held in Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching.

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MATTA lauds removal of GST for benefit of local tourism

The domestic air fare between the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak will be more affordable  with the doing away of the Good and Services Tax (GST) and will augur well for domestic tourism, said the president of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA)Datuk Tan Kok Lian, during an interview recently.

Thus he lauded the federal Government’s decision to have the GST abolish effective June 1.

“The 0% GST is bound to promote spending by both locals and tourists, especially in terms of shopping as well as food and beverage, thus potentially increasing the price appeal of Malaysia as a travel destination,” Datuk Tan explained.

Domestic travelling is a huge part of Sarawak’s tourism industry, as Sarawak received 2,217,366 domestic visitors last year alone, which translates to a 45.7 percent of Sarawak’s total arrivals.

Trekking To Two Villages above the Clouds

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The Bungo Range between Sarawak and Kalimantan Indonesia offers an epic trekking trail that is easy to reach from the capital city of Kuching, yet adventurous enough to test the fitness in you. Crossing precariously built bamboo bridges and hiking up steep gradients is surely compensated by the rich cultural experiences, the beauty of the landscape and natural phenomena that awaits you…