March 8 – 10, 2019
The Kabong Kite Festival, or Pesta Layang-layang Kabong, takes place every year at Tanjung Kembang Beach with a beach-wide celebration of ‘all things kite’.
The festival aims to promote the kite heritage and culture of the local communities as well as to promote the beaches in Kabong, with colourful kites, both modern and traditional, taking flight over the village area.
Along with kite flying, the festival features local product sales such as crafts and food, sports competitions and autoshows, karaoke contests and night festivals, as well as exhibition booths and all other forms of merrymaking.
For updates on the event, visit here….
Mukah Kaul Festival 2019 (April 20 – 28)
March 2 – 3, 2019
The Kuching Ultra Marathon is back for the third time for a “meowderful” adventure in the Cat City Capital of Sarawak.
The categories for the Marathon are set at 30km, 50km, 70km, and 100km, with the flag-off taking place at M-Hotel and ending in venue will be at the M-Hotel in Kuching.
Register at the website here…
Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) celebrates this Chinese New Year by promoting Sarawak’s iconic animal, the Bornean Bearded Pig.
Around 24% of Sarawak’s population are of Chinese descent, making the lunar New Year a big celebration throughout the state every year.
The use of the ang pau is a tradition celebrated by Chinese communities throughout Sarawak and the world, where the elders give red packets to children on the Lunar New Year for good fortune. In more modern renditions of the red packet, the animal of the Chinese zodiac for that year is often featured on the front.
As the Visit Sarawak Campaign continues, STB used this opportunity to celebrate the local cultural tradition of celebrating the lunar New Year by printing red packets for their partners in tourism, as well as promoting Sarawak’s distinct nature, this year being the Bornean Bearded Pig.
Bako National Park’s Bornean Bearded Pig is one of the most popular animals in the park, second only to the proboscis monkey, it became the perfect option for the “red packet”.
For more information, you can read the press release here…
Video production in Sarawak is not a new thing, as the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) has steadily assisted 20 to 25 productions per year for the past few years.
While STB doesn’t have the authority to ‘green light’ a production or issue permits, they are present to assist and guide production houses through the application processes to the Chief Minister’s Office and Sarawak Immigration Office, as well as to offer a letter of support to help in the application.
Filming permit applications hinge on two criteria; that the production is beneficial to Sarawak’s tourism industry and that applications and documents are submitted two months in advance, in accordance with the Chief Minister’s Office and Sarawak Immigration Office’s standard operating procedures.
In 2018, STB assisted production houses such as the Pekin Express by Eccholine International Line Production from Belgium and “Islands-Earth’s Paradise Isles” by BBC Natural History Unit from UK.
Over the years, STB had a hand in assisting productions such as the Asia’s Next Top Model (Season 2 Episode 9), an episode of River Monsters, Surviving Borneo with Henry Golding, Anthony Bourdain’s – Parts Unknown, to name a few.
The Haikou – Kuching chartered flight arrived at Kuching International Airport early January 17th
The schedule chartered flight is a result of the joint collaboration between Innosar Holiday Sdn. Bhd., United Cat (M) Sdn. Bhd. and Malindo Airways.
The route flies twice weekly between the southern China city and Kuching, the schedule depicted below.
In conjunction with the inaugural flight a five day 4 nights media familiarization will also be organised jointly with the Sarawak Tourism Board.
This schedule chartered flight is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports and the Sarawak Tourism Board.
Coined as “A Sarawak Adventure in Hong Kong”, the event took place at the Asia Society in Hong Kong (ASHK) on January 12 and 13 to a great reception by the Hong Kong public, especially the cooking demonstrations.
The cooking demonstrations included dishes such as Sarawak laksa, which was coined as “breakfast of the gods” by the late Anthony Bourdain, ayam pansuh or chicken cooked in bamboo, terung asam soup made from a vegetable only found in Borneo scientifically known as Solanum Lasiocarpun Dunal.
Other food demonstrations where visitors could watch the preparation of the food included the ‘linut’ a Melanau dish made from fresh sago flour, ‘tumpik’ a Melanau pan-baked sago and coconut pancake, ‘serunding halia’ or floss made from finely sliced and fried ginger with Malaysian anchovies and ‘senape’ a Kelabit dish of glutinous rice cooked in an ‘isip’ leaf.
Tuak, a traditional rice wine made by the Iban women, was also brought out on the regular for some tasting, while a glutinous rice pounding demonstration took place with a traditional large mortar and pestle, just as they are used to this day in the longhouses of Sarawak
The “Sarawak Adventure in Hong Kong” also featured art, music, nature and culture of the state in the form of demonstrations and performances.
The display and selling of crafts from groups like the Penan Women Project also took place, with woven, beaded and carved designs of the indigenous Sarawak people attracting lots of attention from passers-by.
There were cultural dance workshops featuring dances like the ‘ngajat’ and ‘alu alu’ which is a bamboo dance of the Melanaus, blow pipe demonstrations and Orang Ulu ‘sape’ or Boat Lute workshops, a ‘gasing’ or Malay top-spinning demonstration, and a live demonstration of traditional Bornean tattooing.
There were also video screenings of Sarawak’s many attractions and talks led by Sarawak tourism industry players, on the various wonders that can be found in Sarawak’s nature and festivals, as well as displays of art and photography.
March 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The annual Sibu Tower Run takes runners through the gateway to central Sarawak, Sibu, and ends with a harrowingly steep ascent up Sarawak’s tallest tower; Wisma Sanyan.
Taking place on March 10, 2019, the race is open to runners aged 16 years and above and is limited to just 350 participants, thanks to the final leg of the race through the stairways of the tower.
The runners will be running up the 28-storey building, 126m in height and with 627 steps.
The Sibu Tower Run is one out of three runs of its kind, the other two being the Dubai Tower Run and the Kuala Lumpur Tower Run.
For more information, visit here…
The Visit Sarawak Campaign’s plane livery will be launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at Kuching International Airport on February 2.
The AirAsia plane will fly for at least two years with a possible three-year extension, along an international route, to enhance the visibility of Sarawak’s brand and name, in the aims of achieving the state’s goal of 5 million visitors by the end of 2019.
The plane livery features a large rhinoceros hornbill along the side of the aircraft, as well as the Visit Sarawak Campaign’s logo and tagline, “Sarawak – More to Discover”.
Tickets for the Rainforest World Music Festival are currently being sold at pre-sale prices until July 12.
One-day passes is sold at RM123.80 for adults and RM63.80 for children and three-day passes at RM323.80 and RM144.00 respectively.
The pre-sale ‘family package’ of one-day passes for two adults and two children are priced at RM255.10.
The 21st edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival is set to take place at the Sarawak Cultural Village and Damai Central from July 13 to 15.
A stellar line up of local and international talent is set to take stage at the Festival, with local Sarawak bands such as Sada Borneo and At Adau, as well as SwarAsia Malaysia from Malaysia.
Internationally, the Festival will feature the artistes Grace Nono from the Philippines, Oyme from the Republic of Mordovia in Russia, Elisouma from Comoros Islands, Dona Onete from Brazil, Slobodan Trkulja and Balkanopolis from Serbia, Bhungar Khan Company and Raghu Dixit Project from India, Niteworks from Isle of Skye and Kevin Locke from the United States.
Also featured are Combo Ginebra from Chile, Alberto Marin from Spain, Gayogayo from Indonesia, Shanren from China, Djeli Moussa Conde from Guinea, Naedrum from Korea, Warato’o from Solomon Islands, Yallah Bye from Tunisia and Volosi from Poland.
Some performers from different continents and countries will be performing together in a fusion of sound such as Guo Gan & Aly Keita from China and Cote d’lvoire, as well as Cuatro Minimal with members from Mexico, Korea and Japan.
Pre-concert performances such as the crowd favorite 1Drum interactive drum session and the new Persatuan Chingay Pulau Pinang performance will be taking place in the amphitheatre at Damai Central in the evening.
For more information on the Festival programme or prices, visit www.rwmf.net