Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF)

21-25 August 2018

The 7th Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) will take place on August 21-25 at the Sibu Civic Centre and the Ku Tien Memorial Park in Sibu.

Dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of dance arts, the SIDF creates timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite dancer and audiences.

The festival which was privately debuted in 2012 and has been an annual event ever since, this year featuring the tagline “Experience culture and arts through dance.”

This SIDF will feature the Dance Concert, outdoor site-specific performances, dance workshops and a dance conference.

For more information, visit their website at http://sidfestival.com/ or contact Hornland Dance Theater at 084-349932 or 016-8937614.

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Siniawan Heritage Fiesta 2018

October 4-14

The 3rd Siniawan Heritage Fiesta will take place from October 4 to 14,

The street of Siniawan,  a 40 minutes’ drive from Kuching City is known for their beautiful lights and good food only  during the weekend, but during the Heritage Fiesta, the streets come alive every night with fun and games, cultural and modern food, competitions and even a run.

Among activities to be held are the Country & Western Cowboy Night, Folklore music night and street games, and karaoke singing competitions.

The Fiesta will also feature an Octoberfest Beer Festival, Arm Wrestling competitions, Traditional kuih making demonstrations, local band performances, and the Siniawan Heritage Town RUN 2018 on the final day before the closing ceremony.

Last year the fiesta attracted approximately 20,000 people and this year the event expects to draw more than 25,000 people.

For more information visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/siniawanheritage/

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Borneo International Kite Festival

Borneo International Kite Festival 2018 (BIKF) will be held in Bintulu from September 26 to 30.

The end of September turns the seaside open space of the Old Bintulu Airport into the perfect kite-flying field, with steady wind all day long.

The event is expected to bring in 400 kite-flyers this year from 25 countries.

The BIKF has made four records of magnitude number of kites flown since its inception in 2005, the latest being 2,500 diamond kites flown forming a 500 metre kite tunnel, which is included in the Malaysia Book of Records.

This family-fun event comes with it cultural and artiste performances in the evening. Make a day trip to Similajau National Park as a side-trip.

You can view the event programme here and find more information on the website here www.borneokites.com.

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Kuching Marathon 2018

The fifth edition of the Kuching Marathon 2018 will take place on August 12 this year, beginning at Padang Merdeka and through the City of Kuching.

There will be a Full Marathon (42km), Half Marathon (21km), and runs of 10km and 5km distances.

The Kuching Marathon is an annual event that brings runners from all over the world together to run through the rich cultural heritage of Kuching City, and the race has since become an international road race recognized by Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) as listed in AIMS Race Calendar at http://aims-worldrunning.org.

For more information on the registration or marathon route, visit their website at www.marathonkuching.com.

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Sarawak Borneo Cross Country Motorcycle Rally 2018

November 24, 2018 – December 5, 2018

It’s a 12-day and 11-night motorcycle rally, for 250 CC engines and above, that takes enthusiast and professional riders across borders between Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Riders will start off in Kota Kinabalu,  Sabah, riding  through Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching in Sarawak,  to Pontianak and Singkawang in Indonesia and ending in Kuching.

The motorcycle rally is estimated to bring together some 200 foreign and local big bikers this year to see what Sarawak and the rest of Borneo has to offer.

Normal participation package costs RM4,777 nett  which includes, border crossing documentation fees, mobile support trucks and a technical team, meals, three rally t-shirts and one long sleeve dry fit shirt, petrol, mineral water and luggage transportation by coach.

The package excludes shipping and air tickets.

For bookings, contact 013-3913388, 019 – 2705073 or 012 – 6866550.

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Pesta Nukenen – Bario Food and Cultural Festival

July 16 – 28, 2018

The Pesta Nukenen is a three-day festival that celebrates the unique food, farming, forest and cultural heritage of the Bario Highlands in the Northern region.

Enjoy the delicious organic food presented by the various longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands and take part in local traditional games and dances to experience the local lifestyle.

There are beautiful jungle trail for those who love trekking and on a clear nights, make sure you catch up with see the bright constellations and even the Milky Way in the night sky.

Bario located at 3,200ft above sea level and is one of the last surviving intact traditionally farmed and forested highlands destination in Sarawak and Malaysia.

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Borneo Cultural Festival 2018

July 19 – 28, 2018

The Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) at Sibu Town Square is a week-long celebration of food, music and dances celebrating the diverse cultural background of the various local communities in Sibu, the capital city of the central region.

The BCF,  to be held  at  the town square is  open free  for the public and  will showcase  the rich cultural heritage of the  Iban, Malay, Melanau,  Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, and Chinese communities living in the region.

The event is aimed to promote “beauty in ethnic diversity” within Borneo Island to the world and is currently Sibu’s biggest annual tourism event.

This is a perfect time to mingle with the locals from all walks of life enjoying a list of fringe events include stage shows, sales of works, exhibitions and demonstrations of  traditional skills in crafts and arts.

Photo credit: Phillip Hii
Photo credit: Phillip Hii

Tickets for Rainforest World Music Festival Now Available at Special Price

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

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3rd Sarawak 4×4 Jamboree 2018

The 3rd edition of the Sarawak 4×4 Jamboree will take place from September 13 to 16.

The Jamboree will start in the central region with Sibu as the starting point before proceeding to Kanowit, Song and Kapit, crossing the wild Rainforest terrain of the Sarawak interior.

Last year more than 120 participants with age from as young as seven years old to 67 years joined in the fun.

Entrance fees for the jamboree are set at RM 800.00 with the closing date for submission to close on August 1.

For more information on registration and the event programme, visit https://www.facebook.com/Sakta4x4/

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Rainforest Fringe Festival

6-15 July 2018

As a preclude for the Rainforest World Music Festival, the Rainforest Fringe lines up a festival mood in Kuching City on from 6 to 15 July.

The Fringe Festival features Sarawak music, art, craft, film, photography, food, and culture.

The 10-day fringe features activities like yoga, bamboo musical installations, exhibitions and evening performances like the First People Party.

For more information visit http://www.rainforestfringe.com/

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