Lambir Trail #SibutiChallenge

July 14, 2019

The Lambir Trail #SibutiChallenge is a joint collaboration between the Forestry Corporation, Forest Department and Underground Runner Club Miri with the aim to increase awareness among runners in the area and reduce the number of illegal off-trail running at the national park.

Sarawak Lambir Hills NP had increasingly becoming a place of interest for trekking and running activity along its many trails, though some running groups go off-trail, harming and disrupting the delicate ecosystem of the National Park.

Geographically famous for its rugged terrain, the park is at high target for individuals seeking challenges and the event aims not to discourage running in this area, but to encourage responsible running and care for the environment.

For information on the trail or to register, follow this link. Registration closes on June 14.


Sarawak International Festival of Music and Arts

June 28-29

The Sarawak International Festival of Music and Arts (SIFMA) 2019 will be held at the old State Legislative Assembly on June 28 and 29.

Tickets, available at the International Music House (IMH), are priced RM50 each for normal seats and RM100 each for premium seats.

Some of the performances include the Mandeville Stars and The Vocal Consort from Singapore, Taiwan Bamboo Orchestra from Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur Children Choir, SIFMA Orchestra, as well as dance troupes from Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.

The festival aims to create an avenue for international artistes to come to Sarawak, showcase their talents, and allow Sarawakians themselves to see their own arts being performed on a grand scale.

It is organised by International Music House (IMH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports.

Inquiry can be made by calling 082-424658 or 016-8794658.


Sibu Street Art Festival

July 5, 2019 – July 12, 2019

The Sibu Street Art Festival showcases the trail of mural paintings that wind their way through Sibu’s streets and walkways, featuring various concepts ranging from graffiti to more realistic designs.

The festival offers an opportunity for local artists to share their creativity in whatever arts they practice, with street galleries, creative bazaar, and live street performances taking place over the course of the festival. 

The Sibu Street Art Festival showcases the town’s mural paintings whose subjects vary from famous foods of Sibu to the day-to-day life of people of Sibu.

For more information, visit the Festival official facebook page here…


Rainforest Fringe Festival

July 5, 2019 – July 12, 2019

The third edition of the Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) is a prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival and Borneo Jazz Festival, featuring music, art, craft, film, photography, food, and culture of Sarawak and beyond.  This 10-day Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) will be held from July 5 to 11.

The RFF promises to mesmerise Kuching city visitors with a wide range of arts and craft exhibitions, fashion and food galore, films, photography and fashion shows.

One of the highlights of the event will be the “Primates: At the Origin”, a dance performed to live music on a bamboo or wooden stage to be constructed within the Old Court House.

For more information, visit the Rainforest Fringe Festival website here…


Borneo Jazz Festival

July 19, 2019July 21, 2019

The 14th Borneo Jazz is an annual international jazz festival, one of the longest running in the region that takes place in the seaside city of Miri at Coco Cabana, features a vast repertoire of Jazz genres with some hip hop, neo-soul and rap.

This year’s Borneo Jazz also includes a Talent and DJ Search, bringing together promising Bornean musicians from all around to perform on the stage with their counterparts from abroad.

Tourists who come to Miri for this event can combine a long weekend of good Jazz in the evening with exploring Miri’s many natural wonders by day.

They can go on a day visit to the Lambir Hills or the historical Niah National Park located just an hour and two away respectively.  And if you are a scuba diver, the dive sites in the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park beckons.  The nearest dive site is a mere 15-min away, just off the coast of the city.

For more information on the festival, visit the website here…


Borneo Cultural Festival

July 18, 2019 – July 27, 2019

The Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) starts from July 18 to 27 this year, at the Sibu Town Square, within walking distance of major hotels in the town centre.

BCF features a week-long bonanza of food, music and dance performances, celebrating the diversity of Sibu’s communities and cultural background, particularly among the Chinese, Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Malay and Melanau people.

The richness of Sibu’s heritage on display is complemented by trade shows, a fun fair and stage shows.

BCF, Sibu’s biggest annual tourism event, is free for the public.

Borneo Cultural Festival is organized by Sibu Municipal Council. For more information on the BCF, click here…

Photo credit: Phillip Hii
Photo credit: Phillip Hii


Pesta Babulang

7-9 June

The Pesta Babulang, or Babulang Festival, is a festival celebrated by the Bisaya people in Limbang, with one major highlight: The Buffalo Races.

With participants from Limbang, Sabah and the neighbouring country of Brunei, contestants try to outrace and outride each other on the muddy fields.

Also featured at the festival are decorated buffalo ‘floats’, cultural performances, cooking contests, beauty pageants, handicrafts exhibitions and more.

Limbang can be reached by direct daily flights from Miri, with the site of the festival located just 15 minutes from Brunei’s Tedungan border checkpoint. And if you are travelling by land from Miri, a passport is required for the road journey passes through Brunei Darussalam.

For more information, visit here…


Irau Aco

31 May – 2 June

The Irau Aco Festival held in Lawas is a traditional rice harvest festival celebrated by the Lun Bawang people of Sarawak, located predominantly in the northern region of the state.

The festival features traditional food, games, crafts performances and festivities of the Lun Bawang communities, including unique attractions like the “Nguip suling” or bamboo flute band.

This year’s festival will mark the 32nd edition of the festival, which is always held at the end of May.

Lawas is just over an hour’s drive from Limbang, with connecting flights from Kuching, Miri and Sibu. An overland drive will include crossing the international borders of Brunei Darussalam. Hence passport is required. And if you are travelling by land from Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is your gateway city. The road distance is 185-km. Passport (non-Malaysian) or I/C is required for this inter-state crossing.

Kuching to host the 8th International Bornean Frog Race

April 27, 2019 – April 28, 2019

This Year’s International Bornean Frog Race 2019 will take place from 27 to 28 April at the Sarawak Islamic Information Centre in Kuching.

The frog race is an annual event, aimed at promoting awareness and fostering an interest in amphibian conservation

It also promotes education in conservation, engaging participants in fun activities and workshops for participants.

The programmes targeted specifically for children with talks on amphibian biology, photo exhibitions, with the finale of a frog-spotting race at participating outlets in a designated mall, where participants try to spot the most number of hidden images of local frog species.

The event draws public attention to the frogs of Borneo, and children for programmes on nature conservation. It includes talks on amphibian biology and conservation, exhibition of frog photographs, and the finale will be a frog-spotting race at participating outlets in a designated mall, where participants try to spot the most number of frog species, represented by hidden images.

For more information visit their event page here…


Sarawak Harvest Folklore Festival

April 26, 2019 – April 28, 2019

The Sarawak Harvest Folklore Festival takes place during the traditional “Gawai Dayak” or the harvest festival celebrations in Kuching, on April 26 to 28.

The Festival will include traditional food and craft sales as well as workshops with cultural performance throughout the day, with the highlight being a musical drama based on folklore of one of the many Dayak and Orang Ulu communities in Sarawak.

This year, the performance will be based on the Orang Ulu legend, “Dang Bunsu”.

The event will also include the grand finale of “Miss Cultural Harvest Festival”, a Sape World Concert; Tribal Ironman Challenge; Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Culinary Challenge, Gawai Concert and many more.

For more information, visit the event website here….