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.
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.
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.
The second edition of the Kuching Ultra Marathon is being held on March 3-4 this year with a new route and two additional categories.
The new route stretches from M Hotel in Kuching City to Petra Jaya and onwards to Damai Beach, crossing the Sarawak River using TunSalahuddin Bridge.
The categories for this year are 30km, 50km, 70km and 100km, all participants of every category receiving an event shirt and finishers medal with the addition of a finisher’s shirt for runners in the 50km and over categories.
A total of 142 runners participated in last year’s race, including some from Ireland, japan, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong and Brunei.
The Enchanting Musical Evening featuring the Yap’s family will be held on February 19th at the Old Courthouse Auditorium at in Kuching at 7:30 p.m.
The talented Yap’s sibling and their families will be holding the concert featuring Yap Ling, Yap Yen, Yap Ting, Yap Ning, Grace Lee, Yap Qin, Yap Yi and Yap Meer with special guest pianist Eugene Clifford Roland Suboh in conjunction with Chinese New Year celebrations.
The concert gives the Yap’s family a chance to collaborate together and to share with the public their love for music, and although they are all performers, this is the first time they will come together and perform a concert as one unit.
The programme offers musical repertoire for all audiences who appreciate traditional Chinese music.
The third edition of the Kuching Heritage Race will be held on January 27 with new routes, highlighting more of the city’s amazing heritage and culture.
The theme for this year event is “Culture Meets Nature,” and will include teams of two to six people ‘racing’ through Kuching to test their knowledge on the city’s history, spanning the different eras of Sarawak and Kuching’s development.
The first Kuching Heritage Race in 2016 had 42 teams and 156 participants from around the world, and raised RM20,000 to provide customized wheelchairs for handicapped children.