Sarawak Adventure Challenge: The Lost Mines @ Sarawak, Western

The Sarawak Adventure Challenge will take place on October 14 this year, with exciting multi-sport adventure activities, in the Bau region about 43km from Kuching.

The activities planned include a combination of 40+ km mountain biking, 14+ km trail running as well as a caving section.

The reward for navigating this exhilarating route that winds through old local and mining trails through jungles, streams and villages (aside from bragging rights) is a RM6,000.00 grand prize waiting at the finish line for those who come in first.

This event is organized by Draco Action Sports and is a joint venture between Borneo Adventure and Paradesa; two travel industry and outdoor sports veterans.

The event is supported by the Sarawak Government through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Sarawak Tourism Board, Tasik Biru (N2) and Serembu (N18) constituencies and Bau District Council. It is endorsed by Tourism Malaysia.

Registration is open until September 5, for registration and information visit  http://sarawakchallenge.com/

Sarawak Adventure Challenge poster.
Sarawak Adventure Challenge poster.

 

Baram Regatta

This year’s Baram Regatta will take place on August 25 to 27 and is expected to continue to attract both domestic and foreign participants.

The Regatta will take place at Batang Baram in Marudi, about 43km from Miri City in, Northern Sarawak.

The “Baram Open” race allows international and local participants to participate in racing down the Baram River.

Regaining some of its original provisions, the “Baram Closed” race is solely for the Baram folk to compete against each other, which traces the history of the Regatta from over 100 years ago.

The bi-annual event has been held since 1899, in conjunction with the Savage Peace Conference that led to peace among the different tribes and communities in the Baram area.

Participants in the Baram Regatta
Participants in the Baram Regatta

Sibu Lantern and Food Fair

The Lantern and Food Festival will take place on October 3 to 26, in homage to the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Sibu.

The Festival will feature a month of colourful lantern displays throughout the Town Square every night from 6:30pm to 11:30pm.

The Festival also includes a One Malaysia Food Fair features traditional local delicacies from the different races of Malaysia.

As the event aims to increase tourist arrivals to Sibu in conjunction with Visit Sibu Year 2017, it also aims to promote Chinese cultural appreciation.

The festival will also feature a lantern making contest, which includes prizes ranging from RM500 to RM5000 depending on skill, workmanship and intricacy of the lantern.

The event is organised by the Sibu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) and is supported by the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC).

For more information, please contact Mdm Ling of SCCCI: 016-8554033 or visit the Visit Sibu Year website at www.travelsibu.com

Sibu Town lit up with lanterns.
Sibu Town lit up with lanterns.

 

Kuching City Celebrates Rainforest Fringe Festival

A 10-day Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) will be held from July 7 to 16 as a prelude to the famed Rainforest World Music which will be held in Damai for the weekend from July 14-16.

Promise to mesmerise  city visitors with a wide range of arts and  craft exhibitions, fashion and food galore, films, photography and fashion shows, it is open to locals and visitors to participate in this inaugural celebration.

For more information please go to https://sarawaktourism.com/event/rainforest-fringe/

Rainforest Fringe Festival

Join Us For The Unique Borneo Fashion Week

The inaugural Borneo Fashion Week (BFW) 2017 will be held on July 7 to 9 at the Borneo 744 building at Jalan Semangat, Kuching.

The BFW aims to promote the beauty of Sarawak and Borneo designs that inspired fashion pieces, showcasing local talented fashion designers and their unique art, as well as providing networking opportunities between local Borneo and International fashion industry designers.

Designers competing in the BFW stand to win a fashion school scholarship from Lim Kok Wing University worth more than RM100, 000.00.

“The Most Promising Designer Award 2017” will be announced on the final day by a  panel of judges comprising of  talented designers, such as Amir Luqman and Dato Raymond Von Jolly.

For more information, visit https://sarawaktourism.com/event/borneofashionweek/

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Third Semadang River Tagang 2017

The third edition of the Semadang River Tagang Festival will take place on July 28 to 30, it offers water activities and sports, fishing competitions and Kayaking among others.

Held along the Tagang area of Sarawak Kiri River near Kampung Semadang, about 30 minutes from Kuching, this year’s festival has expanded its repertoire by adding a Miss Tagang Beauty Contest, cooking competitions, music and dance, a food bazaar, exhibitions as well as games for children.

Festival Director Robert Kenneth stated that the main attraction of the festival remains with the fishing competition on July 29, with two categories called Local Anglers and Tourists & Media, offering cash prizes amounting in RM3,000.

This Festival is jointly organised by the Sarawak Agriculture Department and Kampung Semadang Tagang System Committee.

For more information, visit https://sarawaktourism.com/event/semadang-river-tagang/

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Pesta Nukenen Bario

The 3-day food festival known as the Pesta Nukenen Bario, is held on July 27 to 29 at the Bario Village, located in the Bario Highlands which stands 3,200ft above sea level, just a 45 minute flight from Miri.

Celebrating the unique gastronomical and cultural heritage of the local Kelabit people, the organic food at the Nukenen prepared by the longhouse communities will be celebrated with festivities accompanied by traditional games and cultural dance and music performances.

Separated from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Nukenen festival is the perfect opportunity to get away from the city life, with good food and friendly people to accompany days of cool highland air and nights filled with immeasurable stars, visible in ways towns no longer allow.

Image shows traditional food displayed at the Nukenen. Photo retrieved from Sarawak Tourism Photo Library.
Image shows traditional food displayed at the Nukenen. Photo retrieved from Sarawak Tourism Photo Library.

Gawai Carnival Redeems 2017

The Gawai Carnival Redeems 2017 is being held on July 14 to 16 at the Redeems Centre at Kampung Apar Singai, Bau in Kuching.

This annual Carnival, organised by the Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak (REDEEMS), aims to showcase the authentic Bidayuh culture, tradition and heritage, as well as to promote tourism within the Singai Bau region.

The Carnival features traditional food, arts, crafts and cultural performances and culture through a festivities and community sports.

For more information, kindly contact REDEEMS Secretariat Tel: 082- 450 450 or visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1990259837860478/

Image of the longhouse being built for the Gawai Carnivasl Redeeems 2016, retrieved from http://www.redeems.my/
Image of the longhouse being built for the Gawai Carnivasl Redeeems 2016, retrieved from http://www.redeems.my/

Sibu Street Art Festival

Sibu is launching its debut week-long Sibu Street Art Festival on June 9 to 17.

The Festival is in support and celebration of all things around art and is spurred on by Sibu’s recent addition of culturally and historically significant street art murals that have added a little zest to the town’s walls.

As the murals depict different parts of Sibu’s life style, including food, old trades and a host of other attractions, it shows a personal part of Sibu’s communal identity as never seen before.

For more information on the Street Art Festival, visit the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sibustreetart/

Mural of a caricature of the old Sibu buses.
Mural of a caricature of the old Sibu buses.
Mural of Kampua Mee
Mural of Kampua Mee
Mural of wrapped chickens and ducks as seen in the Sibu Marketplace.
Mural of wrapped chickens and ducks as seen in the Sibu Marketplace.

Pesta Babulang

Watch water buffaloes in action at the Pesta Babulang of the Bisaya community in Batu Danu, Limbang, takes off on June 9 to 11.

Organised by the Bisaya Association, this annual event drives tourists to the streets of Limbang as exciting water buffalo races begin, and also spiced with decorative water buffalo ‘float’ competitions, beauty pageants and traditional Bisaya food fiesta, an affair for the whole community!

To get to Limbang one has to take a 30 minute flight from Miri, or a short 15 minute drive from Tedungan if you are travelling from neighbouring Brunei Darulssalam.

For more information, contact Mr. Peter Sawal at 6018-2448-254 or email him at [email protected]. More information on the festival can also be found at http://wander2nowhere.com/2014/07/babulang-festival-and-buffalo-racing/

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Images of Pesta Babulang, retrieved from Sarawak Tourism website.
Images of Pesta Babulang, retrieved from Sarawak Tourism website.