#Urbins at the Rainforest World Music Festival

This year, the Rainforest World Music Festival will feature #UrBins (Urban + Bins).

This series of attractive and practical recycling bins designed by a group of local artists.

Submissions will be open to those currently residing in Sarawak until the end of RWMF2019 in July 2019, including international students and expatriates.

Each submission will include 2 design concepts, each with a separate description on how the design ties in with the United Nation’s “Sustainable Development Goal” (SDG) 11; which is to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

Designs will be posted publicly through an applicant’s Facebook post, where they must tag @Spativate, @SarawakTravel and @rwmf.official, as well as hashtag #UrBins, #RWMF2019 #BinsPlease and #MoreSarawak.

The design’s ‘promotion and submission’ phase will aid in educating the public on the SDG while promoting sustainability through creative design, and on the days of the Festival, the attractive designs of the bins will also help in drawing attention to their purpose and importance.

The 15 UrBinists will be short listed by a professional jury before their designs will be presented to the public to vote through Facebook, and the selected designs will be supplied green bins and seed money of RM300 to make their designs a reality.

For more information on submission, please visit the Spativate Facebook page here…

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Borneo Jazz Festival Talent Search Extended

During the Borneo Jazz Talent Search that took place at Coco Cabana, Miri on April 30th, founder of No Black Tie Evelyn Hii Yuh Lin, announced that there will be an extension to the date of the talent search audition till the end of May, finalists will be announced on first week of June.

The finalists from the Talent Search will go to the final round on July 19, while the official winners will receive a cash prize and the chance to perform on the Borneo Jazz stage.

The Borneo Jazz Talent Search was first held in 2018, while the DJ Talent Search is a new category, as part of the Festival’s musical outreach programme aimed at unearthing young and emerging artists from the Bornean region.

Fringe activities curated around Borneo Jazz Festival include an art exhibition, arts & crafts showcase, stalls with Bornean cuisine, wellness and sape’ sessions as well as workshops on indigenous culture.

This year, the festival is organised by No Black Tie, who have made it their objective to emphasise on the social responsibility towards recycling within the local community via the Borneo Jazz Beat Plastic Campaign.

The Borneo Jazz Festival is one of the longest running festivals in the region, this year being the 14th edition taking place from July 19 to 21 at Coco Cabana and is owned by Sarawak Tourism Board.

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Sarawak Music Festivals: Early Bird Tickets Extended

Early Bird Ticket sales have been extended for both the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching and Borneo Jazz Festival in Miri.

The RWMF early bird prices have been extended to May 7 while the Borneo Jazz Festival prices will stay up until June 21.

The RWMF takes place on July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and the Borneo Jazz Festival takes place on the following weekend from July 19-21 at Coco Cabana.

For more information, you can find the RWMF ticket prices here and the Borneo Jazz Festival ticket prices here.

Sarawak in the Malaysia Roadshow and New Products Seminar

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) collaborated with Tourism Malaysia in the recent Malaysia Roadshow and New Products Seminar in the cities of Perth, Sydney and Melbourne from 8 to 10 April 2019.

The Board highlighted the Visit Sarawak Campaign with its theme of Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals with focus of its new products of the Old Kuching City Heritage Trail and Sibu and the Central Region.

Also being showcased was Sarawak’s renowned music festivals, Rainforest World Music Festival which will be held from 12 to 14 July 2019 and the Borneo Jazz Festival from 19 to 21 July 2019.

STB is intensifying its marketing collaboration with Tourism Malaysia as well as trade partners in the long haul market of Europe, UK, Australia and the Nordic Region, to achieve the targeted visitor arrivals of 5 million for 2019.

Pauline Lim, Assistant Marketing Manager (Long Haul), Sarawak Tourism Board conducted the business session at the Tourism Malaysia Roadshow and New Products Seminar in Perth.
Pauline Lim, Assistant Marketing Manager (Long Haul), Sarawak Tourism Board conducted the business session at the Tourism Malaysia Roadshow and New Products Seminar in Perth.

3 Festivals, 1 Destination in the month of July

Sarawak becomes a festival frenzy in the month of July, and with that comes a promotional packages offering “3 Festival, 1 Destination”, bringing together three of Sarawak’s famous yearly festivals.

From July 5 to 12, the Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) will be held throughout the city of Kuching, featuring arts, crafts, film, photography, food and culture, and is the precursor to the Rainforest World Music Festival.

The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) takes place from July 12 to 15, and is the region’s largest World Music event, bringing over 20,000 festival goers a year. It features activities for children, cultural and musical sessions, food and crafts bazaars, wellness workshops and stunning performances.

The following weekend on July 19 to 21, the  Borneo Jazz Festival which is the longest running jazz event in the region, enters its 14th year in sun-soaked coastal city of Miri, on the Northern side of Sarawak. It features Jazz music, with its many subgenres from afro jazz to the blues.

For more information on the packages, visit here…

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Reef Balls for Miri-Sibuti Coral Reef National Park

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has completed its deployment of 1,750 reef balls into the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park, deploying the final batch of 600 on 26 March.

The reef ball deployment is part of an Eco-Marine Project implemented by SFC, in collaboration with PETRONAS, the National Oil and Gas Company, in an effort to protect and restore the natural reefs and marine life in the area from illegal trawling activities, while  at the same time creating a new diving site which can become an eco-tourism attraction.

Over time, the reef will continue to grow which will lead to more eco-tourism related job opportunities for the locals, including boat rentals, diving and snorkelling equipment training and rental, and tour operations.

While actively focusing on keeping the waters clear of illegal trawlers, SFC also hopes to increase the population of marine species within the area which will provide a consistent source of income for traditional fishermen living beyond of the national park, along the shorelines of the Miri-Sibuti.

In this way, these fishermen can support themselves and their families without resorting to illegal fishing practices due to low numbers of fish, and local communities can also benefit by lower prices for the marine produce supplied by these fishermen.

The Miri-Sibuti Marine National Park is one of Sarawak’s largest marine parks, home to many species such as sea turtles, whale sharks and coral reefs. The area is known as the ‘Sea Turtle Highway’, this National Park contributes to Malaysia’s conformance to the International Convention on Biological Diversity requirements for marine protected areas.

Image extracted from the recent video documenting the diving expedition to measure the progress of the BEACON project’s first batch of reef balls, deployed in 2015.
Image extracted from the recent video documenting the diving expedition to measure the progress of the BEACON project’s first batch of reef balls, deployed in 2015.

Kuching Heritage Week launched

The Kuching Heritage Week was launched over the weekend, aimed to introduce to visitors the historical and cultural sites within the Kuching City.

The heritage area, located around the city, is mainly centred around the Satok and Gambier Road and the stretch from the Main Bazaar to Padungan, areas considered to be the “old Kuching”.

Recent upgrades were made to the facilities in and around the area, including the completion of the new “floating mosque” or officially known as the Masjd Bandaraya, and tourist facilities upgrading to include the introduction of an electric bus to service the route passing through the major historical areas.

Also in the plan for future upgrading are the areas from the Brooke Dockyard reaching up to  the Kuching Waterfront and the Malay  villages around the area, including Kampung Masjid and Kampung Bintangor.

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Sarawak to Pursue Connectivity despite Setbacks

Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin assured that Sarawak will continue to pursue connectivity to international airport hubs despite recent flight cancellations in the state, at the ROUTES Asia 2019 event in Cebu, Philippines.

“It is not easy to convince airlines especially foreign carriers to Sarawak as there are equally attractive destinations that they can look at”, he said.

We are trying our very best and the ROUTES Asia 2019 sessions here has been a touch point to meet up with airline companies in the regions and we want to convince them that connectivity into Sarawak can be a viable business, he added on March 12, the Sarawak team met up with four more airline operators.

Acknowledging that connectivity must be propelled by sufficient number of travellers, tourists and holiday makers, Datuk Lee said it must also be complemented by business travels and as such conducive business environment and attractive destination’s tourism products were sought for by airlines operators he explained.

ROUTES Asia, the region’s leading meetings of airlines and airport executives started on March 10 and ended on March 12th.

Datuk Lee (right) presenting the Gunung Mulu National Park coffee table book to Min Yao, Director of International Planning of China Express Airlines. Seen from left is STB’s Chief Executive officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and China Express’s International Business Manager, Meng Ling.
Datuk Lee (right) presenting the Gunung Mulu National Park coffee table book to Min Yao, Director of International Planning of China Express Airlines. Seen from left is STB’s Chief Executive officer, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor and China Express’s International Business Manager, Meng Ling.

First Asia Pacific Orchid Conference in Malaysia

The 13th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC13) will be held for the first time in Malaysia, and will take place at the BCCK in Kuching on July 24 to 28.

APO13 draws participants from over 14 countries, with orchid shows and conferences that cater to both avid orchid growers, and casual admirers of the beautiful flowers.

An array of interactive programs have been lined up for the APOC13 which include conference, various orchid competitions, exhibition, horticulture, agriculture, and food bazaars, APOC quiz, children drawing / colouring competition, musical bands, orchid run and many more.

The Orchid Show will take place from 24 to 28 July, with display competitions, exhibition booths and workshops where amateurs can learn about the dedicated care that goes into orchid cultivation from professionals.

The conference takes place from July 25 to 26, and registration is still open to the public.

APOC’s objective is to achieve an international cooperation for trend in development and conservation of orchids in the Asia Pacific Region. For more information on APOC13 programmes, visit their website here…

The Dendrobium Laila, named after the beloved late Puan Sri Laila Taib, wife of Sarawak former Chief Minister, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, in tribute to her in memory of her love for orchids.
The Dendrobium Laila, named after the beloved late Puan Sri Laila Taib, wife of Sarawak former Chief Minister, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, in tribute to her in memory of her love for orchids.

 


 

Sarawak’s First Floating Mosque

Sarawak’s first floating mosque at the Kuching Waterfront will be officially opened 1st March, 2019.

The floating mosque can be viewed from the Darul Hana Bridge, adding to the waterfront’s interesting cultural skyline.

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