The ten-day Taste of Borneo Carnival takes place in Miri from November 24 to December 3 at the Boulevard Open Carpark.
This Carnival brings together multi-cultural food and drink throughout the island of Borneo.
In addition to food, there will be cultural dance performances and competitions such as the Environmental Clothing Contest, a Mr. Borneo Carnival 2017 and a traditional Chinese Cheongsam Costume contest, as well as a Mandarin singing concert and many other cultural performances.
The Sarawak Regatta and the Kuching Waterfront Festival will take place on November 17 to 19 at the Kuching Waterfront.
This annual event showcases the boating prowess of participants from villages around Sarawak, various government organisations, private sectors, independent participants from neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Brunei.
The Kuching Waterfront Festival features activities like “Brooke Swim”, Raft Tug-of-war, and duck catching as well as various exhibitions and markets along the waterfront selling cultural crafts, wares and food.
The Sarawak Regatta was founded in 1872 during the Brooke era as a way to stop racial wars between the local warring tribes when headhunting was practiced, by encouraging non-violent competition to prove their strength.
Each longboat in the event is manned by 30 paddlers and the village teams will be competing for the Raja Sungai, or ‘King of the River’ title.
The Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta will take place on November 10 to 12 at the Kuching Waterfront.
The event annually brings local and international participation, and pulls tourists from far and wide and throughout the region.
The Dragon Boat Regatta is divided into categories including International Men’s Team 12s, International Men’s Team 20s, International Mix 12s, International Mix 20s, Sarawak Closed Race 20’s (Men only), Sarawak Closed Race 12’s (Men only) and the International Junior Under 23 Open 12’s.
Pesta Benak, or the Tidal Bore Festival, will take place on November 3 to 5 in Bandar Sri Aman about 200km from Kuching City.
A tidal bore is the unique natural phenomenon where incoming tides form waves that travel up a river, in this case the Batang Lupar River in the town.
Thanks to these waves, Pesta Benak is celebrated with tidal bore surfing, water sports like boat races and kayaking as well as food and trade fairs, both day and night, for visitors who are in town for the viewing of the waves.
Pesta Benak happens every year in early November, subject to the tide level.
The Borneo International Beads conference will be held on October 13 to 15, at the old Courthouse in Kuching.
The conference aims to increase awareness on the centuries-old craft of beads and beading in Sarawak and Borneo, with stories, myths and history of beadwork in Sarawak to be discussed.
There will also be hands-on bead making and bead working workshops where participants can learn the traditional means of making beads from polymer clay as well as the different traditional and cultural designs in which beads are used.
Showcased in the conference will also be modern fashion incorporating traditional beadwork.
The biggest international event in the Seaside town of Bintulu, the Borneo International Kite Festival, was held at the old Bintulu Airport during the weekend.
Over 400 professional kiters and enthusiasts from 25 different countries participated in the festival. The festival set four Malaysian records on the highest number of kites flown at once since 2005, the latest record achieved being 2,500 diamond kites forming the longest arch kite tunnel of 500 metres.
A month-long inaugural event ‘What About Kuching ‘ will be held from September 30 to October 30 in celebration of the art, culture and lifestyle of the Kuching people.
Among the various activities to be held are performances and open galleries which will be held throughout the month to showcase the unique and colourful heritage of Kuching and how tradition and modern living and art merge to create the Cat city.
Kicking off with the Waterfront Jazz Festival, the month continues with traditional craft events, art displays and programmes, interpretive dancing and theatre performances, martial arts, creative writing and many more.