What About Kuching

29 September to 28 October

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.

For more information, you can visit their website here or download the #WAK2018 Calendar here.


Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival

28-29 September 2018

The first of its kind outdoor jazz festival overlooking the majestic Sarawak River, the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival is back for the second time this year.

14 regional and international bands and solo acts will grace the stage for the weekend bash.

Headlining the festival will be Indonesian, Tulus, Rolling Stone Indonesia’s Rookie of the Year 2013.

Sarawak-born singing sensation and award-winning singer, Dayang Nurfaizah will entertain jazz fans with her chart-topping hits songs.

For more information on tickets visit https://www.facebook.com/kuchingwaterfrontjazzfestival/


Kuching International Mooncake Festival

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..

For updates on the festival, follow the event page here.

© Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival FB Page
© Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival FB Page

Sarawak Regatta

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.


Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF)

21-25 August 2018

The 7th Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) will take place on August 21-25 at the Sibu Civic Centre and the Ku Tien Memorial Park in Sibu.

Dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of dance arts, the SIDF creates timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite dancer and audiences.

The festival which was privately debuted in 2012 and has been an annual event ever since, this year featuring the tagline “Experience culture and arts through dance.”

This SIDF will feature the Dance Concert, outdoor site-specific performances, dance workshops and a dance conference.

For more information, visit their website at http://sidfestival.com/ or contact Hornland Dance Theater at 084-349932 or 016-8937614.


Siniawan Heritage Fiesta 2018

October 4-14

The 3rd Siniawan Heritage Fiesta will take place from October 4 to 14,

The street of Siniawan,  a 40 minutes’ drive from Kuching City is known for their beautiful lights and good food only  during the weekend, but during the Heritage Fiesta, the streets come alive every night with fun and games, cultural and modern food, competitions and even a run.

Among activities to be held are the Country & Western Cowboy Night, Folklore music night and street games, and karaoke singing competitions.

The Fiesta will also feature an Octoberfest Beer Festival, Arm Wrestling competitions, Traditional kuih making demonstrations, local band performances, and the Siniawan Heritage Town RUN 2018 on the final day before the closing ceremony.

Last year the fiesta attracted approximately 20,000 people and this year the event expects to draw more than 25,000 people.

For more information visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/siniawanheritage/


Borneo International Kite Festival

Borneo International Kite Festival 2018 (BIKF) will be held in Bintulu from September 26 to 30.

The end of September turns the seaside open space of the Old Bintulu Airport into the perfect kite-flying field, with steady wind all day long.

The event is expected to bring in 400 kite-flyers this year from 25 countries.

The BIKF has made four records of magnitude number of kites flown since its inception in 2005, the latest being 2,500 diamond kites flown forming a 500 metre kite tunnel, which is included in the Malaysia Book of Records.

This family-fun event comes with it cultural and artiste performances in the evening. Make a day trip to Similajau National Park as a side-trip.

You can view the event programme here and find more information on the website here www.borneokites.com.


Kuching Marathon 2018

The fifth edition of the Kuching Marathon 2018 will take place on August 12 this year, beginning at Padang Merdeka and through the City of Kuching.

There will be a Full Marathon (42km), Half Marathon (21km), and runs of 10km and 5km distances.

The Kuching Marathon is an annual event that brings runners from all over the world together to run through the rich cultural heritage of Kuching City, and the race has since become an international road race recognized by Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) as listed in AIMS Race Calendar at http://aims-worldrunning.org.

For more information on the registration or marathon route, visit their website at www.marathonkuching.com.


Sarawak Borneo Cross Country Motorcycle Rally 2018

November 24, 2018 – December 5, 2018

It’s a 12-day and 11-night motorcycle rally, for 250 CC engines and above, that takes enthusiast and professional riders across borders between Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

Riders will start off in Kota Kinabalu,  Sabah, riding  through Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Miri, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching in Sarawak,  to Pontianak and Singkawang in Indonesia and ending in Kuching.

The motorcycle rally is estimated to bring together some 200 foreign and local big bikers this year to see what Sarawak and the rest of Borneo has to offer.

Normal participation package costs RM4,777 nett  which includes, border crossing documentation fees, mobile support trucks and a technical team, meals, three rally t-shirts and one long sleeve dry fit shirt, petrol, mineral water and luggage transportation by coach.

The package excludes shipping and air tickets.

For bookings, contact 013-3913388, 019 – 2705073 or 012 – 6866550.


Pesta Nukenen – Bario Food and Cultural Festival

July 16 – 28, 2018

The Pesta Nukenen is a three-day festival that celebrates the unique food, farming, forest and cultural heritage of the Bario Highlands in the Northern region.

Enjoy the delicious organic food presented by the various longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands and take part in local traditional games and dances to experience the local lifestyle.

There are beautiful jungle trail for those who love trekking and on a clear nights, make sure you catch up with see the bright constellations and even the Milky Way in the night sky.

Bario located at 3,200ft above sea level and is one of the last surviving intact traditionally farmed and forested highlands destination in Sarawak and Malaysia.