From November 23 to 24, the talented artistes of Sibu town will compete to identify the most talented performer around town.
Open to both Malaysians and foreigners with no age limit, this talent competition showcases an array of talent, from singing, dancing, acrobatics, pantomimes and many other performing arts both traditional and modern.
This event is organised by the Sibu Municipal Council with the intent to explore and nurture the local talent of the local Sibu community.
The Sarawak Regatta will be held from November 2-4 this year, featuring 14 boat racing categories, 24 qualifying races and 12 finals.
This annual event is a grand show of sportsmanship and strength between many different villages from around Sarawak, as they row their 30-paddle longboats furiously down the Sarawak River to compete for the coveted ‘Raja Sungai’ title, in a tradition of healthy rivalry that has been alive since the Brooke era.
The significance of regattas in Sarawak dates back to 1872, when it was first held with the intention of stopping racial wars among local tribes due to the prevalent headhunting practices; a practice that had just been outlawed by the Brookes.
James Brooke had urged the tribes to challenge each other by having boat races to prove their power and strength, leading to this annual event that has been held ever since.
The regatta now includes participants from various government agencies, private sectors and teams from neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Brunei.
The Sarawak International Dragon Boat Race, one of the most significant annual sporting events in Sarawak, will bring together representatives from twelve different countries, with 29 teams of over 900 people participating.
The Dragon Boat Race which will be held along the Sarawak River will have five categories, namely the International Open’s 20 crew, International Open’s 12 crew, International Mixed 12 crew, International Ladies 12 crew and International Master 12 crew.
The total prize money for this year amounts to RM45,500.00, while paddlers team are in it for the prestige to be crowned the “Raja Sungai”, or King of the River.
Apart from the Dragon Boat races, the Kuching waterfront itself becomes an event to behold, with local food and handicraft exhibitions and busking performances bringing the area to life.
What About Kuching 2018 (WAK2018) returned for the second year and is celebrated as a tribute to the spirit of Kuching’s art and cultural scenes.
With performances and art exhibitions, culinary events and cultural markets, this month-long events brings the city to life and sets the stage for Kuching artistes to show case their performances.
The multitude of educational exhibitions throughout the city also shines a light on the historical and cultural significance of the city folks, covering photography, museum exhibitions and bead and tattoo expos.
The 17th Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival (KIMF) will take place from September 17 to 24, from 6.30 pm to 11pm along Carpenter Street and Ewe Hai Street in Downtown Kuching
Essentially a Chinese festival, KIMF brings together participants from all races, cultures and walks of life to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, with non-Chinese locals not only joining in as audiences and patrons, but as vendors and competition participants, showing Sarawak’s inherent multicultural nature.
The Festival features food, music and cultural performances along a lantern-lit scenic street, one of Kuching’s oldest streets.
There will be a lantern-making competition for the KIMF at Plaza Merdeka Shopping Mall on September 17, and the participants’ creations will be displayed as decorations for the duration of the festival. For more information on the lantern competition read here..
The Sarawak Regatta – Kuching Waterfront Festival 2018 will be held from Oct 26 to Nov 4, 2018 at Kuching Waterfront.
The regatta itself will take place along the 1.3 km of the Sarawak River along the Kuching Waterfront where the event will be surrounded by exciting local attractions like food and souvenir markets, cultural stage performances and water sports.
This annual event is a showcase of long boat races with participation from various government agencies, private sectors and also participants from villages and longhouses throughout Sarawak as well as boaters from neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Brunei.
The coveted grand prize of the event is the “Raja Sungai” or King of the River title, with teams of 30 paddlers cutting through the Sarawak River at breakneck speeds to see who will win the crown.
The Sarawak Regatta has been a significant annual event since 1872 during the era of James Brooke, when it was used as a method of stopping racial wars and headhunting through sportsmanship, using boat races to prove power and strength of the different longhouses folks instead of conducting battles among themselves.