The “Pesta Kaul”, or the Kaul Festival, will take place at Mukah’s river bank on April 29-30, marking the beginning of the native Melanau’s calendar and the end of the Monsoon season.
Kaul is performed by the previously animistic Melanau community to appease the spirits of the sea, land, forest and farm to ensure safe fishing and farming ensuring good fortune.
The festival begins with the ‘Serahang’ (decorated basket woven from sago leaf which is raised on a bamboo pole) procession, led by community elders, followed by a festival of traditional food, games and entertainment.
One of the more famous traditional games is the “Tibow” or giant swing which calls for everyone to try out, while the traditional food is enjoyed communally, served on a logs for the ‘Keman Baw Bateng’ also known as ‘Makan Beradat’ in Malay.
The Kuching Run for Autism 2017 will be taking place on April 2 in conjunction with World Autism Day at the Kuching South City Council office. The 3km and 7km courses begin at 6.30am.
This will be second edition of this run, with over 2,000 participants registered in 2016.
With the theme “It’s not a disability, it’s a different ability”, the Kuching Autism Association (KAA) is organising this event seek to create understanding and acceptance of Autistic children and adults within the local communities.
The KAA provides educational programmes that help students with fine motor skills, basic academia, social skills and self-help to help them gain independence, as well as pre-vocational training in preparing them for working in the future.
The 22nd Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari will be taking place this April 1 and 2 along the Majau and Rejang River.
This two-day rafting competition has five main categories: Men’s Bamboo Open, Men’s Bamboo Closed (Inter-Department) and Women’s Bamboo Open, as well as the mixed Free Style and Paddle Boat.
The first flag-off point is at Rumah Ansi, Nanga Sepajie at Sungai Majau, and the second flag-off point is at Rumah Along at Nanga Majau, and each flag-off is estimated to take six to seven hours respectively.
This event is to remind people of the importance of water transport in the past of Sarawak as well as the present, particularly in places where road networks have not yet reached.
This year, the Borneo Jazz Festival will take place on May 12 and 13 in Miri City, and is being held, as always, at the ParkCity Everly Hotel.
The festival features a wide array of Jazz-subgenres with both international and home grown musicians taking the stage.
In 2017 we celebrate the 12th Borneo Jazz Festival and will introduce an expanded musical outreach programme, with classes on jazz percussions and keyboard for aspiring Jazz musicians and Jazz enthusiasts.
The Samarahan Bike Challenge 2017 will take place on March 19, at the Summer Mall at Jalan Datuk Mohd. Musa, Kota Samarahan about 25km from Kuching City Centre.
This Bike Challenge is one of the biggest bicycle racing events in Sarawak, with categories such as the Elite or ‘The Road Warrior’, Veteran or ‘All Star’, Sarawak Close, Ladies and Juniors, and routes varying from four to eight kilometers.
This annual event is jointly organised by the Divisional Tourism Task Group (DTTG), the Samarahan District Office and the Sarawak Cycling Association.
The Sibu 2017 Tower Run will take place on March 11 with some 300 registered runners participating.
The contestants will be running an initial 5-kilometre route before racing up the staircase of the 28-story, 126m high Wisma Sanyan building, otherwise known as the Sibu Tower, which is the tallest building in Sarawak.
The Tower Run is one of the biggest sports attraction in Sibu, as it pushes the limit of endurance and speed of the runners, with many participants returning to beat their own records from previous years.
The Tower Run is jointly organised by DNA Sports and the Sibu Municipal Council.
April has become the month of the Frog for UNIMAS, as they will be holding six programmes for varying ages focusing on the awareness and conservation of Sarawak jungle frogs, from April 21 to 29, with the highlight event being the Sixth International Bornean Frog Race.
These programmes begin with the UNIMAS Frog Race Run on April and the Exhibition of the World’s Largest Collection of Amphibian Stamps on April 26 at the UNIMAS New Campus.
On April 27 there will be an Indo-Pacific Amphibian Symposium at UNIMAS’ DeTar Auditorium as well.
The Frog Races, beginning with the Junior Programme for primary school children secondary school children, take place on April 28 and 29 respectfully at Gunung Gading National Park, Lundu.
The Sixth International Bornean Frog Race takes place on April 29 at the Gunung Gading National Park and is open to 150 participants only.
For more information or to register for one of these programmes, visit http://internationalborneanfrograce.weebly.com/
The Borneo Jazz Festival 2017 is being held on May 12 to 13, at the ParkCity Everly Hotel in Miri.
The Festival comes back better than ever with a new line up of Jazz stars from around the world for a feel-good night of good listening, good eating and good company.
This is the 12th instalment of the Borneo Jazz Festival, which has become a staple festival for Miri, with families from Miri and Brunei coming back year after year with their children and family for a weekend of relaxing Jazz music.