‘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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.