Borneo Jazz Festival 2017

This year, the Borneo Jazz Festival will take place on May 12 and 13 in Miri City, and is being held, as always, at the ParkCity Everly Hotel.

The festival features a wide array of Jazz-subgenres with both international and home grown musicians taking the stage.

In 2017 we celebrate the 12th Borneo Jazz Festival and will introduce an expanded musical outreach programme, with classes on jazz percussions and keyboard for aspiring Jazz musicians and Jazz enthusiasts.

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

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Samarahan Bike Challenge 2017

The Samarahan Bike Challenge 2017 will take place on March 19, at the Summer Mall at Jalan Datuk Mohd. Musa, Kota Samarahan about 25km from Kuching City Centre.

This Bike Challenge is one of the biggest bicycle racing events  in Sarawak, with  categories such as the Elite or ‘The Road Warrior’, Veteran or ‘All Star’, Sarawak Close, Ladies and Juniors, and  routes  varying from four to eight kilometers.

This annual event is jointly organised by the Divisional Tourism Task Group (DTTG), the Samarahan District Office and the Sarawak Cycling Association.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1782598788449200/

Image shows Samarahan Bike Challenge 2016 starting line in front of Summer Mall. Photo Credit: Borneo Post.
Image shows Samarahan Bike Challenge 2016 starting line in front of Summer Mall. Photo Credit: Borneo Post.

Sibu 2017 Tower Run

The Sibu 2017 Tower Run will take place on March 11 with some 300 registered runners participating.

The contestants will be running an initial 5-kilometre route   before racing up the staircase of the 28-story, 126m high  Wisma Sanyan building, otherwise known as the Sibu Tower, which is the tallest building in Sarawak.

The Tower Run is one of the biggest sports attraction in Sibu, as it pushes the limit of endurance and speed of the runners, with many participants returning to beat their own records from previous years.

The Tower Run is jointly organised by DNA Sports and the Sibu Municipal Council.

For more information, visit http://www.travelsibu.com/

Image shows Sibu 2017 Tower Run’s trial run on February 11. Photo Credit: Sibu Municipal Council and DNA sports.
Image shows Sibu 2017 Tower Run’s trial run on February 11. Photo Credit: Sibu Municipal Council and DNA sports.

Kuching Heritage Trail

The Kuching Heritage Trail, showcasing the State’s historical and cultural legacy of beautiful Chinese and Malay architecture and colonial buildings from the Brookes’ era, is a testimonial to Kuching’s rich heritage dating back to the 19th century.

At the oldest temples in Kuching along the waterfront, travellers can learn a little about the religion of the first Chinese settlers in the city whose religious beliefs are still practised to this day.

Here, history continues in the daily lives of the shop-owners, descended from the original tin craftsmen and traditional medicine vendors, and who continue to market their wares as they had generations ago.

The Museum caps the trail, with galleries displaying art and lifestyles of the local tribes, including life-sized replicas of traditional houses so travellers can truly experience what it felt like to live in the ‘olden days’ of Sarawak.

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Image shows a Chinese Temple in Kuching. Photo Credit: Füzzy Mijmark

 

The Future of Sibu Sentral

Sibu Sentral’s concept plans have been unveiled, revealing exciting designs based on Kuching Central Bus Terminal and Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 (KLIA2).

The integrated hub is located on a 9.36-acre site at Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce Road, close to entertainment and public areas such as Farley and Sing Kong Commercial Centre, Kpg. Sentosa, Sibu General Hospital and Sibu Regional Wharf.

Sandwiched within the central region between Kuching and Miri, Sibu welcomes commuters from the rest of Sarawak as well as neighbouring countries such as Brunei and Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Sibu Sentral will include 200 units for residential apartments and a 171-roomed, 3-star hotel for those in transit, while the terminal area will also include a hypermarket, department stores, entertainment and food outlets.

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Image shows concept art of Sibu Sentral. Photo Credit: Sibu City Council

 

Sarawak Tourism wins Adrian Award for Travel Marketing Excellence

Sarawak Tourism has won the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Silver Adrian Award for Travel Marketing Excellence in Public Relations for its internationally renowned Rainforest World Music Festival.

The HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala took place on February 21 at the New York Marriott Marquis, where Sarawak Tourism was announced as the winner in the category.

For more information on the Adrian Awards and a list of 2016 winners, visit www.AdrianAwards.com

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ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards

The 50th edition of the ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (AIFFA) promotional campaign kicked off with a soft launch on February 16 and is set to continue until May with a brilliant repertoire of film-based activities.

This three-day biennial event will take place from May 4 – 6 2017 and will include an awards presentation ceremony lauding the best among ASEAN directors, directors of photography, main and supporting actors, writers and editors. In addition, there will be a presentation of the coveted ‘lifetime achievement and inspiration’ awards.

AIFFA however has more promotional events in store throughout March and April, including roadshows, business and networking events, conferences, free screenings, as well as youth-focussed film competitions and workshops.

More information on AIFFA 2017 calendar of events can be found on http://aiffa2017.com/

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REDEEMS Praise Music Festival

Picture shows REDEEMS logo.The REDEEMS annual Praise Music Festival will be held on December 4 to 6 at the REDEEMS Centre in Singai, Bau Kuching, showcasing the rich culture, tradition and heritage of the Bidayuh people.

This event hopes to promote cultural tourism in the Bau region, while also enhancing the goodwill between the different races and kampungs or villages in the area, allowing them to celebrate life and culture together in harmony.

The event will be held with the REDEEMS core goals in mind, which is to move the local community of the Bau region towards an orderly and progressive society by creating development-centric activities that promote their cultures externally and preserve them internally.

The Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak (REDEEMS) is a community based organization (CBO) for the 12 Kampungs (villages) in Singai area, and was officially registered with the Registrar of Society (Malaysia) on the 7th July 1997 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and non-profit body (NPB).

For more information, contact 082-460780/450450 or read their website at http://www.redeems.my/web/

 

Fourth ‘Monster Dash’ Charity Run

The fourth Kuching ‘Monster Dash’ Charity Run, back by popular demand and organized by the OurYouth.my team, will be held on 14 January next year, starting at iCOM Square to Jalan Pending.

This charity run began as a 5km charity run to raise funds for charitable associations.

This year’s charities are the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) and the Hope Place, which is a non-governmental organization that aims to help the needy and underprivileged in Kuching, including the disabled, elderly and poverty stricken citizens.

The run also aims to introduce a healthier lifestyle among Kuching people as well as establish real-life social networking between people, especially among the youth, while also experiencing the Kuching streets at night, which has proven to be a spectacular view of lights and nightlife.

Through the run, the organizers hope to create a new way of encouraging social awareness and a sense of community responsibility and love to battle the different challenges Kuchingites face together, be it an underprivileged socioeconomic background or a debilitating physical impairment.

Registration is open until December 18 this year.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.monsterdashcharityrun.com/monsterdash/index.jsp

Picture shows runners of the third ‘Monster Dash’ charity run in 2015. Photo Credit: Borneo Post.
Picture shows runners of the third ‘Monster Dash’ charity run in 2015. Photo Credit: Borneo Post.

Tusan Beach – A hidden gem

Tusan Beach on the outskirts of Miri City has now gained prominence after the discovery of natural bioluminescence or a neon-blue glowing in the ocean waves at night better known as “Blue Tears”.

While the Blue Tears are a product of phytoplankton in the water, and while it does not occur every night, it is undoubtedly a breath-taking sight.

There is no promise that one can get a heads-up as to when to go to the beach to witness it, but Tusan does have incredible pull even without the blue-glowing waters at night.

The Beach is one of the more secluded beaches on the Northern coast of Sarawak.

With pristine white sands, incredible natural rock formations like the Horse Head Cliff, and a group of local food and drink stalls with fresh coconut and barbeque.

One can come by and enjoy a fun and peaceful day out on the beach, away from the hustle of the city.

Picture shows Horse Head Cliff at Tusan Beach, Miri. Photo credit: See Hua News
Picture shows Horse Head Cliff at Tusan Beach, Miri. Photo credit: See Hua News