New Look for Visitors’ Information Centre in Kuching

KUCHING – Sarawak Tourism Board will launch its new Visitors’ Information Centre (VIC) Kuching on October 23 at Block B, Old Courthouse Complex in Kuching.

The information centre provides visitors and tourists for easy access to information needed to enhance their travelling experiences in Sarawak.

The centre will also provide applications for online permits and accommodations for the National Parks.

There are three VICs each located at Kuching, Sibu and Miri.

Photo shows the newly “image” of Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching
Photo shows the newly “image” of Visitors’ Information Centre Kuching

Preserving Sarawak Malay’s Handicraft Heritage

Keringkam’  a handcrafted textiles of gold thread sewn by Malay women of Sarawak was officially introduce to the outside world at the  ASEAN Lifestyle Week  held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre recently. 

Keringkam is traditionally hand-crafted with fine embroidery work, using mostly gold and silver-colored course threads.

There are two versions of gold-thread woven handiworks, the longer version called  “Selendang Keringkam” (Shawl) and the shorter type  known as “Selayah Keringkam” (Veil). 

Widely adorned and worn   by Malay women in Sarawak during the early years, Keringkam is said to be popular among women from the aristocratic circle.

It is exquisitely heavily and could worth more than a few thousand ringgit, depending on embroidery motifs and designs. 

The art of Keringkam is a proud legacy and it is an important part of Sarawak’s Malay heritage.  

For more information on ‘Keringkam”, you may log on to https://sarawakhandicraft.com.my/

A picture shown colorful designs of ‘Keringkam”
A picture shown colorful designs of ‘Keringkam”

 

Remembering The Unsung Heroes

KUCHING – For members of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Associations of Australia and New Zealand (NMBVA) its annual “home coming” to Sarawak will always be a day to look forward as they will gather together at Heroes’ Cemetery at Jalan Taman Budaya here to remember their fallen comrades.

This year, the veterans were accompanied by their families and friends for a return visit on August 29 and held a solemn gathering at the Heroes Cemetery here.

It was an occasion to remember their fallen comrades who laid down their lives during the confrontation with Indonesia (1963 – 1966) and solemnly placed commemorative plaque as a tribute of their sacrifice. 

Also present to commemorate this event  were the  Minister of Transport, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, High Commissioner of Australia, Excellency  Andrew Goledzinowski and High Commissioner of New Zealand, Excellency Hunter Nottage,

Picture shows  Datuk Lee, flanked by guests,  placing a bouquet of flower at the Hero’s Grave  at Heroes’ Memorial ground at Jalan Taman Budaya witnessed by guests.
Picture shows Datuk Lee, flanked by guests, placing a bouquet of flower at the Hero’s Grave at Heroes’ Memorial ground at Jalan Taman Budaya witnessed by guests.

Another Jazz Festival On September

KUCHING – The third edition of the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) will be held from September 27 and 28. It is an outdoor jazz festival overlooking the majestic Sarawak River.

Performances by world-class musicians, including Ning Baizura, Harvey Malaiholo, Swaiv, Dawn Wong and the Shanghai Jazz Club, Q Sound, Xanaduduo, Ushera, Sitti Navarro, Saxx In The City, Dave Brewer and The DooDaddies, Z Yan and Violinist Nisa Addina are on the pipeline.

KWJF 2019 will also features a bazaar which will see participation from local vendors comprising arts and craft, including food and beverage vendors. The bazaar will increase the value of the festival by giving festival-goers a more holistic experience, especially tourists, where they were able to purchase local products and various delicacies.  

This year KWJF has chosen the digital route and collaborated with the “Sarawak Pay” app to promote the two-day event.

Organized by Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the event is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts,  Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board.

 For purchase tickets or to learn more about the event, please visit www.kuchingwaterfrontjazz.com and KWJF’s official Facebook page.


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MONTH-LONG KUCHING FESTIVAL IS ON!

KUCHING: The Annual Kuching Festival, with a total of 281 food and 11 trade fair stalls, a garden corner and a large stage for nightly performances, is now happening at the Kuching City South Council compound for 24 consecutive nights starting from 6.00pm until 11.00pm nightly from July 26 to August 16, 2019.  

This year’s food fair with choice delicacies ranging from traditional, modern to fusion.  Celebrated as part of a programme for the Kuching City 31st Anniversary Carnival, the Kuching Festival is organised by Kuching City South Council to commemorate the Kuching City status which was announced on August 1, 1988.  This festival is held annually to boost the local tourism and food industry with this year’s theme, “Happy Kuching”.

This year edition of the food fair is introducing SarawakPay, the State’s online payment system aimed to encourage customers going cashless when purchasing food and products on sale.

Photo shows visitors at Kuching Festival
Photo shows visitors at Kuching Festival

SEAMAX EXPLORER AVAILABLE FOR HIRE

MIRI- With sports fishing fast gaining popularity in Miri, anglers can now enjoy and experience deep sea fishing with the availability of the cruise boat, Seamax Explorer available for rental.

Armed with an experienced crew on board, this specially designed fishing cruise boat   caters up to 20 passengers including crew and captain at one time.

It is recommended that the best season for sea fishing is during the months of March till October.

For those interested to charter the Seamax Explorer for offshore fishing trip expeditions, please contact Mr Vincent Lo Kiun Sin – Miri Anglers Club (Secretary) at 6017 – 802 9002.

Photo shows the Seamax Explorer
Photo shows the Seamax Explorer

Month Of July, Month Of Celebration

July is here with full of activities, entertainment, in celebration of arts, cultures, foods and festivals.

The month of July will kick start with the first ever Rainforest In the City to be staged from July 2 – 11.

The Rainforest Fringe Festival from July 5 – 12, presenting the best of Sarawak, will showcase music, arts, crafts, films, photography, food and culture. This event is happening throughout the Kuching city.

The 22nd Edition of Rainforest World Music Festival, to be held from July 12 – 14 at Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai, will see 30 countries, 30 nationalities and 200 performers from over the world sharing one stage to showcase culture, arts, music and heritage.

To conclude the month of July, the 14th Edition of the Borneo Jazz festival will be held from July 19-21 at Coco Cabana, Miri, featuring a series of international world renowned artistes, such as “Crazy Rich Asian” Jasmine Chen, Malaysian R&B singer Najwa and hip-hop ambassador Joe Flizzow and DJ Maestro from Amsterdam. For Info and tickets sales can log on to sarawaktourism.com

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Star Clipper Made A Stop at Senari Port

The Star Clipper with a capacity of 170 passengers including 74 crews from Star Clipper Monaco arrived at Senari Port, Kuching on 3 June.

The ship was on its 10 nights “eastbound” journey, starting from Kota Kinabalu, Pulau Tiga, Bandar Seri Begawan, Miri, and Kuching with its journey ending at Nongsa Point, Singapore.

The cruise passengers were given a Sarawak traditional welcoming ceremony by 10 member’s cultural troupe from Sarawak Tourism Board with series of cultural dance performances to introduce the uniqueness and diversity in Sarawak.

While in the city, they also had a chance to visit the Semenggoh Nature Reserve for feeding Orang Utan and Bako National Park to visit the beautiful rainforest and mesmerizing the nature.

The Star Clipper will be making another two trips to Sarawak this year and the ship will sail to Miri port for the first time.

Picture shows the Star Clipper cruise passengers being entertained by the STB cultural troupe on board the ship.
Picture shows the Star Clipper cruise passengers being entertained by the STB cultural troupe on board the ship.

Festivals Promotional Visits to Bandar Seri Begawan

Sarawak’s three iconic festivals set to welcome Bruneian to Sarawak, thanks to the easy access to Kuching by Royal Brunei and the efficient cross border crossing at Sungei Tujuh in Miri.

The festival’s promotional campaign, dubbed, “3 festivals 1 destination” was held in Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei on June 13.

The Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, His excellency Ismail bin Salam joined by the Chief Executive Officer of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor hosted the festival promotional campaign for partners including travel agents, foreign dignitaries and the local media.

The festivals will be kicked off on July 2 with the 3rd edition of the Rainforest Fringe Festival, the 22nd edition the Rainforest World Music Festival on July 12 – 14 both to be held in Kuching and to be concluded with the 14th edition of the Borneo Jazz Festival on July 19 – 21 in Miri.

Three festivals will highlight the very best of Sarawak arts, diversified cultures, and authentic delicacies, showcasing the lifestyle of people and presenting various rhythms of music.

For more information on the festivals and tickets online sale, log on to rwmf.net and www.borneojazzfestival.com

Ismail (centre) with Sharzede (on ismail’s right), Ibrahim (on Sharzede’s right) and other Invited guests pose for a group photo in front of Malaysia High Commission Office in Brunei Darussalam.
Ismail (centre) with Sharzede (on ismail’s right), Ibrahim (on Sharzede’s right) and other Invited guests pose for a group photo in front of Malaysia High Commission Office in Brunei Darussalam.

 

 

Sarawak eyes several location in Kuching as UNESCO heritage sites

The Sarawak Government has taken steps towards getting several locations within Kuching city to be assessed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to be recognised as world heritage sites.

According to the Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, the state government and the Kuching North City Hall will be taking measures to identify these historically significant sites within the city.

Kuching was recently recognised as a “World Craft City” by the World Craft Council City of Crafts, bringing recognition to the art heritage in the city, and the added recognition of historical sites and locations in Kuching will be another feather in the cap of Sarawak’s capital city.

Image shows the entrance to Carpenter Street in Kuching
Image shows the entrance to Carpenter Street in Kuching