Borneo International Kite Festival

Bintulu – The 15th edition of Borneo International Kite Festival (BIKF) will be held at Old Airport Runway, Bintulu, starting from September 25 until 29, with local and international amateur and professional kiters showing their respective uniqueness and vibrant arts and culture to be depicted in their kite design motives.

The five-day event will include kite making workshops, design and demonstrations and cultural performances

The highlights of this year’s BKIF   is the attempt to create and break the Malaysia Book of Record of the “longest arch kite tunnel”.

BKIF  will also organize the Asia Pacific Sportkite championship  which  is opened to all kiters from all countries and also the performance of “Stunt-Kite” by Air-Rex Japan former winner of 2008 World Sport Kite Championship at France.

A total of 81 kiters from 27 countries, that is, Singapore, Japan, China, France, Poland, Indonesia, England, Belgium, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Canada, Columbia, Estonia, Germany, India, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, Vietnam, Russia and Switzerland will be present.

Borneo International Kite Festival is hosted by Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) and supported by Sarawak State Government.

For more information, can log on to borneokites.com or contact Mr Muammar Quaddafi Bin Abdul Razak at 086 332 011 ext 443.

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Tidal Bore Festival (Pesta Benak) 2019

SRI AMAN – Sarawak’s iconic event, the Pesta Benak or Tidal Bore festival, will be  held on September 27 – 29 in Bandar Sri Aman.

Centered around the natural phenomenon where water rushes up the Batang Lupar River causing waves as high as three meters and this phenomenon attracts local and international surfers.

The three-day event features longboat paddling competitions and also showcases talents such as singing, water sports and also food and trade fairs with nightly entertainment.

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Kuching Marathon 2019

KUCHING –   The annual Kuching Marathon is expected to attract more than 15,000 runners and will be held on August 18 at Padang Merdeka, Kuching.  

A full marathon of 42 KM, half marathon of 21KM, 10KM and 5KM respectively will be featured in this year’s 6th edition which is now augmented as International Road Race recognized by Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS).

The full marathon will take runners through and past the administrative centre of Kuching North and through some of the more historic parts of Kuching South before heading back to the finish line at the iconic Padang Merdeka.

Prizes will be awarded for the completion of the full marathon, half marathon and 10km runs with individual categories for Men, Women and Veterans while the 5km fun run is open to runners of all ages

The run offers an opportunity for participants to soak in some of the unique architecture and rich history of Kuching city.

Isuzu Malaysia is the main sponsor for this year’s marathon. Details and participation in the Kuching Marathon 2019 can be found at www.marathonkuching.com.

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#WAK2019 IS ON FROM SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 27

KUCHING: What About Kuching (WAK) is back for its third edition this year and it will be held from September 28 to October 27.

The month-long festival is where the city’s arts, culture and lifestyle will take a centre stage and most of events will be held in and around Kuching. 

To brighten up the spirit of Kuching, #WAK2019 will dish out events including the 5th Borneo International Beads Conference, WAK Music Portal , Sarawakiana Carnival, Blank Spaces, to name a few.

The WAK’s calendar of activities and events will be revealed on August 9 and for more information, please log on to https://aboutkuching.com/

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Borneo Hammock Gathering 2019

Hammock is define as a canvas tied with rope and supported by cords at both ends and this gives meaning to an inaugural gathering as Sarawak’s event for July.

This year, Hammock Malaysia will organize their gathering at Pantai Belawai, Tanjung Manis from August 2 -4.

Borneo Hammock Gathering will bring together everyone, with highlights to feature cultural performance, games, sharing experience and travel tips.

For those interested in the gathering, please link to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/181AbyGrbeWyCPPGU
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Pesta Nukenen Bario 2019

July 25, 2019 – July 27, 2019

“Pesta Nukenen” celebrates the most unique Sarawak’s ethnic food and cultural festivals, with three days of feasting in celebration of local heritage with tourists and locals.

The festival presents the local culinary, farming and cultural inheritance of the Bario Highlands in Northern Sarawak. It celebrates the last surviving traditionally farmed and forested highland watersheds in Sarawak. Enjoy the delicacy of organic home cooked food by the longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands.

Founded in 2005 as a community-owned and funded food and cultural festival it offers plenty side activities such as traditional games and dances by the young and old.

For more information on Pesta Nukenen, visit https://www.facebook.com/bariofoodfestival/

Picture shows various traditional delicacy Pesta Nukenen offers to foreign tourists and also locals.
Picture shows various traditional delicacy Pesta Nukenen offers to foreign tourists and also locals

 

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.


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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.

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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…

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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…

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