Sarawak Tourism will be presenting the theme, ‘SarawakJe’ at the MATTA Fair to be held at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) Kuala Lumpur on September 8 to 10.
The theme, illustrates the “easiest connection” from Peninsular Malaysia to Sarawak for a quick holiday with just a 90-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Malindo Air.
Sarawak was also named “Malaysia’s Favourite Destination” for the Fair, presenting its exotic and diversity in product experiences offered at a value for money price.
For upcoming MATTA Fair, visitors will be spoilt for choices with more than 100 Sarawak travel packages to be offered for sale at the Sarawak Pavilion, booth number 4M001 to 4M011 at Hall 5 of the PWTC.
The people of Rumah Bengau longhouse in Kapit won the “Desa Perdana” award in the longhouse category, receiving a cash prize of RM50,000.00 and project worth RM100,000.00.
It was presented by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the Convention of Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) and Federal Village Security and Development Committee (JKKKP) at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on August 22.
The “Desa Perdana” Award is conferred to Village Committees that show good leadership in the development of the community’s socio-economic, education, information technology (IT) and cleanliness.
A total of 582 villages participated in the competition at the district-level, 159 villages at the State-level and 23 villages selected for the National-level competition organised by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.
A 10-day Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) will be held from July 7 to 16 as a prelude to the famed Rainforest World Music which will be held in Damai for the weekend from July 14-16.
Promise to mesmerise city visitors with a wide range of arts and craft exhibitions, fashion and food galore, films, photography and fashion shows, it is open to locals and visitors to participate in this inaugural celebration.
The inaugural Borneo Fashion Week (BFW) 2017 will be held on July 7 to 9 at the Borneo 744 building at Jalan Semangat, Kuching.
The BFW aims to promote the beauty of Sarawak and Borneo designs that inspired fashion pieces, showcasing local talented fashion designers and their unique art, as well as providing networking opportunities between local Borneo and International fashion industry designers.
Designers competing in the BFW stand to win a fashion school scholarship from Lim Kok Wing University worth more than RM100, 000.00.
“The Most Promising Designer Award 2017” will be announced on the final day by a panel of judges comprising of talented designers, such as Amir Luqman and Dato Raymond Von Jolly.
Kuching is set to host a three-day International Summit on Peace from September 6 to 8 that will bring together over 800 JCI representatives from international social and youth organisations
The joint effort between the Junior Chambers International (JCI) and Sarawak Government, the Summit will take place as a prelude to the International Day of Peace on September 21.
It will provide a platform for young people from across the globe to join in dialogues and plans of sustainable solutions to achieve world peace.
The programme features training workshops, plenary discussions, keynote addresses by international leading speakers and tours showcasing Kuching’s cultural and religious diversity and harmony.
Detailed information on the programme and registration can be found at the event’s website at www.peaceispossible.cc/summit.
Kuching City was chosen to be the host for this year’s Summit due to its reputation as a City of Unity, and JCI President, Dawn Hetzel said that Kuching not only provides the perfect location but also demonstrates how a peaceful communities can co-exist.
“It will empower active citizens everywhere to begin analysing their own community needs and provide sustainable solutions that create the same united and peaceful culture.” she mentioned in an interview.
Visitors in Sarawak will be able to learn more about the Bidayuh community with the completion of a Bidayuh Museum by the end of the year.
The museum, currently under construction is located at the circular “Baruk” building at Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) headquarters at Ong Tiang Swee Road.
The Association has been amassing a collection of its cultural relics and archives relevant to the Bidayuh people and will be displayed.
The Baruk is conveniently located near the DBNA main office and has a restaurant, which serves authentic traditional Bidayuh cuisine.
Meanwhile, DBNA’s President, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik called for more exhibits from fellow Bidayuhs including photographs, documents and any relics of historical relevance to further enhance the and improve the museum collections.
The soft launch of the Baruk Museum took place on July 24.
The third edition of the Semadang River Tagang Festival will take place on July 28 to 30, it offers water activities and sports, fishing competitions and Kayaking among others.
Held along the Tagang area of Sarawak Kiri River near Kampung Semadang, about 30 minutes from Kuching, this year’s festival has expanded its repertoire by adding a Miss Tagang Beauty Contest, cooking competitions, music and dance, a food bazaar, exhibitions as well as games for children.
Festival Director Robert Kenneth stated that the main attraction of the festival remains with the fishing competition on July 29, with two categories called Local Anglers and Tourists & Media, offering cash prizes amounting in RM3,000.
This Festival is jointly organised by the Sarawak Agriculture Department and Kampung Semadang Tagang System Committee.
The 3-day food festival known as the Pesta Nukenen Bario, is held on July 27 to 29 at the Bario Village, located in the Bario Highlands which stands 3,200ft above sea level, just a 45 minute flight from Miri.
Celebrating the unique gastronomical and cultural heritage of the local Kelabit people, the organic food at the Nukenen prepared by the longhouse communities will be celebrated with festivities accompanied by traditional games and cultural dance and music performances.
Separated from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Nukenen festival is the perfect opportunity to get away from the city life, with good food and friendly people to accompany days of cool highland air and nights filled with immeasurable stars, visible in ways towns no longer allow.
The Gawai Carnival Redeems 2017 is being held on July 14 to 16 at the Redeems Centre at Kampung Apar Singai, Bau in Kuching.
This annual Carnival, organised by the Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak (REDEEMS), aims to showcase the authentic Bidayuh culture, tradition and heritage, as well as to promote tourism within the Singai Bau region.
The Carnival features traditional food, arts, crafts and cultural performances and culture through a festivities and community sports.
Formerly an all-girls boarding school dormitory, the Marian has been restored into Kuching’s first Heritage Boutique Lodging House.
The Marian is located next to the Bishop’s house at Wayang Street, on a tall hill overlooking Kuching city and the waterfront.
Steeped in history, from the dark original timber flooring and architectural flourishes, to the naming of the rooms after the former matrons and headmistresses such as Betty Johnson, Thelma Cook, Mary and Caroline Sharp as well as the founders of St. Mary School, the McDougalls, the Marian retains the Heritage of the building itself, while displaying elements of clean lines and modern simplicity.
The property now has 40 rooms ranging from dormitories, standard rooms, family rooms and a 2-bedroom apartment