Sarawak Regatta & Sarawak International Dragon Boat Race

KUCHING – Two iconic water sport events will be held back to back at the Kuching Waterfront. The historical Sarawak Regatta and the popular Sarawak International Dragon Boat Festival.

A total of 47 teams from 13 countries will compete in the Sarawak International Dragon Boat Race to be held on October 26 and 27 at the Kuching Waterfront.

The race will be part of the 7th edition Sarawak Regatta-Kuching Waterfront Festival 2019 that will be hosted from October 26 to November 3.

A total of 1,387 participants featuring teams representing 13 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Brunei, Thailand, Australia, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Myanmar, the Philippines and Hong Kong will compete in the various events.

This year’s race has attracted five new countries, including the United States, which will send a team of 65 rowers to compete in five categories for the first time.

The Sarawak Regatta will also feature 13 categories of paddling events, while other side events including the Gendang Melayu Sarawak Festival, handicraft and food sales, the Sound Of Borneo and Waterfront Idol concerts will also be held during this period.

Photo shown during Sarawak Regatta Boat Race 2018
Photo shown during Sarawak Regatta Boat Race 2018

Asian Bird Fair

KUCHING – The 10th edition of Asian Bird Fair will be held at Kuching Waterfront from September 27 to October 1.

This is Malaysia’s second hosting of the gathering of birders and service providers from around the world and the first time for Sarawak to play host to this international event.

Among the countries expected to send representation include Cambodia, Australia, Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Solomon Islands, Spain, United States of America, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Uganda and Argentina.

Eco-tourism and Conservation Society Malaysia and Sarawak Bird Club will co-host the event offering 70 booths to showcase their projects and initiatives from various participating countries.   

Activities including International Eco Forum, schools’ programme throughout Kuching, children programme such as colouring contest and public talks will also be held.

The event is in collaboration among different stakeholders the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Sarawak, Sarawak Tourism Board, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Wild Bird Club Malaysia, Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Malaysia and the Sarawak Bird Club.

For more information: https://www.ecomy.org/single-post/2019/02/07/10TH-ASIAN-BIRD-FAIR-2019-September-27-2019—September-30-2019

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Preserving Sarawak Malay’s Handicraft Heritage

Keringkam’  a handcrafted textiles of gold thread sewn by Malay women of Sarawak was officially introduce to the outside world at the  ASEAN Lifestyle Week  held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre recently. 

Keringkam is traditionally hand-crafted with fine embroidery work, using mostly gold and silver-colored course threads.

There are two versions of gold-thread woven handiworks, the longer version called  “Selendang Keringkam” (Shawl) and the shorter type  known as “Selayah Keringkam” (Veil). 

Widely adorned and worn   by Malay women in Sarawak during the early years, Keringkam is said to be popular among women from the aristocratic circle.

It is exquisitely heavily and could worth more than a few thousand ringgit, depending on embroidery motifs and designs. 

The art of Keringkam is a proud legacy and it is an important part of Sarawak’s Malay heritage.  

For more information on ‘Keringkam”, you may log on to https://sarawakhandicraft.com.my/

A picture shown colorful designs of ‘Keringkam”
A picture shown colorful designs of ‘Keringkam”

 

Piala Seri Endon 2019 Highlighted Sarawak’s Batik And Crafts

A range of Sarawak-inspired batik collection, “Sarawak Ethos” was showcased at the final of the  16th edition of Piala Seri Endon (PSE) held in Kuala Lumpur recently.

The showcase featured the ‘Lembayung Collection’, a set of four beautifully designed evening wear which reflects various natural shades of blue to depict the sky, water and the atmosphere, symbolic of Sarawak’s vast primeval, rich ecological and environmental natural assets.

Contemporary collection, motifs of “Buah Bangkit”, “Pating Betulak” and “Buah Anyam” with a  Pua Kumbu theme were also  the centrepiece of attraction.

‘Sarawak Ethos’ was introduced by a local design-house, Batique Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) fashion school.  

PSE saw 46 entries and 12 finalists vying for attractive prizes in the Fashion, Soft Furnishing and Handicraft categories.

The competition aims to highlight new-batik making talents besides injecting creativity and excitement in the batik industry.

It also provides a platform for new fashion, fabric and product designers to test their abilities against some of the best talents in the batik industry.

The “Sarawak Ethos” collection is now available for purchased at Batique Sdn Bhd, No. 131A, Jalan SS17/1A,47500 Subang Jaya,Selangor, Malaysia , Tel : +603 5630 1267 or you may visit facebook page : BatiqueSdnBhd or Instagram: bybatique

Picture shown model wear “Sarawak Ethos” batique inspired by Sarawak-theme
Picture shown model wear “Sarawak Ethos” batique inspired by Sarawak-theme

Borneo International Kite Festival

Bintulu – The 15th edition of Borneo International Kite Festival (BIKF) will be held at Old Airport Runway, Bintulu, starting from September 25 until 29, with local and international amateur and professional kiters showing their respective uniqueness and vibrant arts and culture to be depicted in their kite design motives.

The five-day event will include kite making workshops, design and demonstrations and cultural performances

The highlights of this year’s BKIF   is the attempt to create and break the Malaysia Book of Record of the “longest arch kite tunnel”.

BKIF  will also organize the Asia Pacific Sportkite championship  which  is opened to all kiters from all countries and also the performance of “Stunt-Kite” by Air-Rex Japan former winner of 2008 World Sport Kite Championship at France.

A total of 81 kiters from 27 countries, that is, Singapore, Japan, China, France, Poland, Indonesia, England, Belgium, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Canada, Columbia, Estonia, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, Vietnam, Russia and Switzerland will be present.

Borneo International Kite Festival is hosted by Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) and supported by Sarawak State Government.

For more information, can log on to borneokites.com or contact Mr Muammar Quaddafi Bin Abdul Razak at 086 332 011 ext 443.

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Remembering The Unsung Heroes

KUCHING – For members of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Associations of Australia and New Zealand (NMBVA) its annual “home coming” to Sarawak will always be a day to look forward as they will gather together at Heroes’ Cemetery at Jalan Taman Budaya here to remember their fallen comrades.

This year, the veterans were accompanied by their families and friends for a return visit on August 29 and held a solemn gathering at the Heroes Cemetery here.

It was an occasion to remember their fallen comrades who laid down their lives during the confrontation with Indonesia (1963 – 1966) and solemnly placed commemorative plaque as a tribute of their sacrifice. 

Also present to commemorate this event  were the  Minister of Transport, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, High Commissioner of Australia, Excellency  Andrew Goledzinowski and High Commissioner of New Zealand, Excellency Hunter Nottage,

Picture shows  Datuk Lee, flanked by guests,  placing a bouquet of flower at the Hero’s Grave  at Heroes’ Memorial ground at Jalan Taman Budaya witnessed by guests.
Picture shows Datuk Lee, flanked by guests, placing a bouquet of flower at the Hero’s Grave at Heroes’ Memorial ground at Jalan Taman Budaya witnessed by guests.

New Sarawak Museum, Largest in Malaysia

The “new look” Sarawak Museum, the largest in Malaysia and second largest in Southeast Asia, will be opened to the public by the end of next year, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.

 The project also includes the conservation of the historic Old Sarawak Museum building built in 1891, which is a landmark in its own right.

The world-class museum, with 6,000 square metres of interactive and engaging exhibition, has a well-curated selection of unique artefacts and specimens.

“It will be ready to take visitors on an interactive journey showcasing Sarawak’s history and life of the communities in the State,” said the Minister.

“The cavernous collection and storage space complement the State-of-the-Art research facilities that will keep the vast array of state-owned priceless museum collections safely preserved for future generations to enjoy” he said at the handing over of the site

Its dedicated spaces support the museum’s ambition towards becoming the leading research institute on the material culture of Borneo.

The new museum project was completed in May this year at a total cost of RM308 million and is equipped with digital facilities and incorporated with technologies to enhance visitors’ experience.

Photo shown The New Sarawak Museum to be officially open to public 2020
Photo shown The New Sarawak Museum to be officially open to public 2020

Sarawak To Pursue Responsible Tourism

KUALA LUMPUR– The Sarawak State government is pushing Responsible Tourism  as part of its responsibility to make tourism business sustainable and viable.

Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg said that “By understanding the nature of Sarawak’s tourism setting, product portfolio and its fragile eco-system, it is only fitting to practise Responsible Tourism to ensure that Sarawak is a better place for visitors to visit and local people benefiting for the business.”

The Chief Minister was speaking at the welcoming dinner for delegates of the World Tourism Conference at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on August 26. 

“Responsible Tourism minimises negative economic, environmental and social impacts, while generating greater economic benefits for the local people and enhances the well-being of the host communities in improving working conditions and access to the industry” he added.

He said the State’s Tourism promotional campaign, the Visit Sarawak Campaign, is highlighting key themes of Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food, and Festival (CANFF) and is more focused on local people, aimed at generating better tourism business and ensuring that visitors having the best of what the State has to offer.

Picture   shows  guests at the  WTC Welcoming Dinner with the Chief Minister  (eight from left ) flanked by  Sarawak’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah on his left  and  the Federal  Minister of Tourism, Arts and  Culture, Datuk  Mohammadin Ketapi on his right.
Picture shows guests at the WTC Welcoming Dinner with the Chief Minister (eight from left ) flanked by Sarawak’s Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah on his left and the Federal Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Mohammadin Ketapi on his right.

Tidal Bore Festival (Pesta Benak) 2019

SRI AMAN – Sarawak’s iconic event, the Pesta Benak or Tidal Bore festival, will be  held on September 27 – 29 in Bandar Sri Aman.

Centered around the natural phenomenon where water rushes up the Batang Lupar River causing waves as high as three meters and this phenomenon attracts local and international surfers.

The three-day event features longboat paddling competitions and also showcases talents such as singing, water sports and also food and trade fairs with nightly entertainment.

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Kuching Marathon 2019

KUCHING –   The annual Kuching Marathon is expected to attract more than 15,000 runners and will be held on August 18 at Padang Merdeka, Kuching.  

A full marathon of 42 KM, half marathon of 21KM, 10KM and 5KM respectively will be featured in this year’s 6th edition which is now augmented as International Road Race recognized by Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS).

The full marathon will take runners through and past the administrative centre of Kuching North and through some of the more historic parts of Kuching South before heading back to the finish line at the iconic Padang Merdeka.

Prizes will be awarded for the completion of the full marathon, half marathon and 10km runs with individual categories for Men, Women and Veterans while the 5km fun run is open to runners of all ages

The run offers an opportunity for participants to soak in some of the unique architecture and rich history of Kuching city.

Isuzu Malaysia is the main sponsor for this year’s marathon. Details and participation in the Kuching Marathon 2019 can be found at www.marathonkuching.com.

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