Gawai Carnival Redeems 2018

May 25-26

Gawai celebrations take every region by storm every year, and the annual Gawai Carnival Redeems at Kampung Apar Singai, Bau is no exception.

Gawai is a local native celebration to revel in the rice harvest season.

The Carnival features traditional food, arts, crafts and cultural performances and culture through a festivities and community sports.

For more information, kindly contact REDEEMS Secretariat Tel: 082- 450 450 or visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/redeems.apar.singai.bau

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Selangau Festival

May 26 – 27

Selangau Festival takes place at Selangau in Sibu, just 74km from Sibu town on the weekend.

It features an annual Rafting Challenge on the Batang Mukah river.

With competitors weaving along a winding river and lush greenery, the Rafting Challenge has become a real crowd puller in the area.

Other water sports at the event are kayaking and radio-controlled boat racing while the “Selangau Bazaaar” takes place on the sidelines.

For more information, call 084-336077 or 084-324694

Pesta Selangau 2017, retrieved from the official website of Majlis Daerah Luar Bandar Sibu: http://www.srdc.gov.my
Pesta Selangau 2017, retrieved from the official website of Majlis Daerah Luar Bandar Sibu: http://www.srdc.gov.my

 

Bung Bratak Day

May 1

For the first time in 5 years, the Bung Bratak Day has returned.

A day full of carnival-like festivities, the local Bidayuh communities showcase their culture and traditions in the form of games, dances, food and other performances and displays.

The festivities will take place at the newly launched Bung Bratak Heritage Centre, located off the 6th mile Bau-Lundu Road, via Kampung Tembawang Sauh in Bau, approximately an hour from the city centre.

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Miri City International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament 2018

May 10 – 13

The 11th Miri City International Deep Sea fishing Tournament 2018 is taking place off the shores of Miri at the Luconia Shoals.

The event has attracted international fishermen from China, Hong Kong and Singapore over its 11 years.

The tournament is jointly organized by the Miri Anglers Club and Ministry of Tourism, Art & Culture, Youth and Sport, Maritim Malaysia, Jabatan Perikanan Laut Sarawak and Miri City Council, in conjunction with Miri May Fest.

Deadline for registration is on April 30th, after which registrations will be charged with a late fee.

For more information, call Vincent Lo at 017-8029002 or email [email protected].

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Miri May Fest

For the entire month of May, the Miri May Fest takes over the city with activities and events leading up to the 13th Miri City Day Anniversary celebration on May 20.

Community programmes and events are held daily, with more public events such as the 11th Miri International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament, the Borneo Jazz Festival, the Miri Gawai Dayak celebrations and the Ramadhan Bazaars.

 The objectives of these events are to promote Miri as a popular tourist destination, in conjunction with Visit Miri Year, as well as to create an opportunity for the people of Miri to come and have fun together like a big family.

More information at http://www.miriresortcity.com

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World Harvest Festival

27-29 April

The World Harvest Festival will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village, a 45 minute drivefrom Kuching city centre, in celebration of Gawai.

For the three days of the festival, the Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Culinary Challenge with chefs cooking traditional Dayak and other ethnic food, the Tribal Ironman Challenge and Craft World Bazaar selling local crafts will take place.

On the first night on April 27 is the finals for the Miss Cultural harvest Beauty Festival.

The musical drama, a major attraction of the Festival, takes place on the second night and is titled “Rentap – The Untold Story” Legendary Iban warrior accompanied by the Gawai Concert with the “War of the Rhythm”.

The Sape World Concert takes place on the third night, featuring Sape artists from around Sarawak in a celebration of the iconic traditional instrument that put Sarawak on the map.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Sarawak-Harvest-and-Folklore-Festival-185353224907021/

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Pesta Kaul Mukah

21 -28 April

Pesta Kaul is a traditional cultural celebration of the coastal Melanau community in Mukah, in the central region of Sarawak.

Originally celebrated as a religious ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea, land, forest and farms, the Pesta Kaul is rooted in the old animistic beliefs of the Melanau and their traditions in giving thanks and praying for bountiful years in the wake of monsoon seasons.

While most Melanau no longer practice the old religion, the old rituals of purification and offering are still performed as a cultural spectacle to keep the colourful traditions alive.

The Pesta Kaul offers attractions like the “Tibow” or giant swing, a display of traditional games, clothes, dance, music and most importantly, an abundance of traditional food to be shared together.

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Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari

The 23rd edition of the Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari will be held on April 6 – 8, where competitors get to challenge themselves and each other through meandering natural rivers on Bamboo rafts and paddle boats.

This year, the first leg will begin at Rumah Naga Sulok at Nanga Merating along the Bena river on April 7, while the second leg will begin at Rumah Bengau Andah at Lepoh Sut along the Baleh River to the Kapit Express Passenger Terminal.

The categories for this year include a Men’s Open, Men’s Closed, Freestyle, Women’s Closed and Paddle Boat with an additional prize to be won for the Best Decorated Raft.

‘Pesta Kapit’ will also be held at this time as a side event with powerboat races, traditional games, exhibitions and local handicraft booths.

For more information on the event, contact 084-796230 or 084-796445, or going to www.kapitro.sarawak.gov.my.

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Miri Marathon 2018

The Miri Marathon will take place on March 18 at Stadium Miri.

The full marathon will span 42km through Miri city with the half marathon at 21km.

In addition to the traditional marathon, there will be a 10km speed-run and a 5km fun run, for those who want a faster or more leisurely experience during the race.

The Miri Marathon hopes to promote a running lifestyle and to instil a health consciousness in the community, while also discovering hidden potential among the Miri youth in running sports.

For more information, visit https://mmamarathon.com

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Bintulu Mountain Bike Challenge

The Bintulu Mountain Bike Challenge takes place on March 4that the MTB Track in Tanjung Batu, Bintulu.

The Bike Challenge promotes Bintulu as a tourist destination in the MTB scene, while building Sarawak’s image as a sports and adventure destination throughout neighbouring countries and regions.

This event also aims to produce potential local cycling champions in the future who can experience competing on an international level.

The MTB Challenge has five categories which are Elite, Master 40 and above, Ladies, Junior 19 and below and the Bintulu Closed.

For more information, visit www.bintulumtb.eventrunner.com.my

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