Sarawak To Participate At The Macau Food Festival

Sarawak’s favourite  delicacies like  Laksa, Manok Pansuh,  Kolo Mee and Kampua Mee are some of the dishes set to be featured at the upcoming 16th Macau Food Festival held at the Sai Van Lake Square from November 11th to 27th 2016.

The Sarawak delegation, to be led by Mr. Goh Ah Seng from the How Yu Kuching Chef Association, will take up 18 out of the 25 stalls allocated for Malaysia.

A Sarawak tourist information counter to provide information on Sarawak attractions will also be featured at the booth.

A Sarawak cultural troupe   will feature ethnic and traditional presentation at the stage show to be presented at the main stage during the duration of the food festival.

“Due to the close proximity of Macau from Hong Kong, this is a perfect platform for us to showcase our attractions to the people of Macau, as they can take the direct flights from Hong Kong to Kuching by Hongkong Airlines.” said the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Photo shows Datuk Lee Kim Shin (third from left) during the press conference on 16th Macau Food Festival
Photo shows Datuk Lee Kim Shin (third from left) during the press conference on 16th Macau Food Festival

Sarawak Outshines At ITB Asia

Sarawak delegation comprising twelve industry partners has expressed satisfaction with the outcomes from the  recent outing at ITB Asia 2016, indicating they are most definitely going to participate again next year.

Satisfied with the buyers’ quality met during the set appointment by organisers, they expressed satisfaction with the overall organisation and Sarawak brand prominence at the three day fair. 

With a significant interest from eight industry members in which participated in the fair in 2015, this year additional four partners joined the Sarawak booth thus putting on the shelves for buyers a more diverse packages including the cycling and kayaking tours.

Sarawak also hosted a cocktail reception on Thursday, October 20 with the presence of the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who was present to extend support to the industry partners throughout the whole three day of the fair and at the same time joining the engagement sessions with Singaporean tourism partners.

For ITB Asia 2017 which  will be from 25th to 27th October, interested industry members are encourage to prebook their participation with information may be obtainable from  Gustino Basuan at  email: [email protected]

Photo shows STB’s booth at ITB Asia

Rainforest World Music Festival Presented At World Music [email protected]

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) was invited to be part of the 2016 World Music [email protected] which was a government-supported event by the Ministry of Culture’s Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development, Taiwan from October 21-23, 2016.

STB was represented by the Director of Events & Corporate Relations, Angelina Patricia Bateman. Angelina together with two speakers, Eunha Kim of Asia Culture Centre, Korea and Franki Raden, prominent Indonesian composer, ethnomusicologist, cultural critic and festival organizer were given the opportunity to present about ‘The Practical Details of Presenting a Music Festival’.

 “This was an inaugural festival and it was a great opportunity for us to share our experience in organizing the Rainforest World Music Festival,” said Angelina.

Besides presentations, there were showcase musician performance from Taiwan, USA, Portugal, Japan and China.

“There will be a small committee of Asian World Music Forum to be set-up to share ideas and bands exchange for the festival within the region,” added Angelina.

Photo shows Angelina Bateman (left) with 2016 World Music - Festival@Taiwan presenters - Photo credit to WMF@Taiwan Facebook
Photo shows Angelina Bateman (left) with 2016 World Music – [email protected] presenters – Photo credit to [email protected] Facebook

20th Rainforest World Music Festival At WOMEX 2016

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is presenting the 20th installment of its annual event, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) in World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain from October 20-23.

The RWMF will be celebrating its 20th edition next year at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai, on the 14-16 July, with plans on making the Festival celebration bigger than ever.

With the interactive afternoon workshops, the audience has the opportunity to learn, understand and play the indigenous musical instruments from the performers during the day and later on witness and appreciate its beauty during the nightly performances.

As a supporter of all ethnic arts, including the culinary arts, festival-goers are able to taste a variety of local and fusion cuisine from the Village Food Mart.

They will also be able to buy local beaded, woven, painted or carved handicrafts or witness their creation, or even get a traditional hand-tap tattoo at the nearby Tattoo Expo.

The festival, one of its kind in the region, has attracted over 20,000 returning foreign and domestic attendees and has been awarded Songlines’ Top 25 Best International Festivals award six years in a row since 2010.

Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) said, “We want to stage the uniqueness of world music by bringing in performers from other parts of the world and also to showcase our own ethnic music and to provide them with an opportunity to perform amidst international bands.”

“More innovative ideas are already in the works for our coming 20th Rainforest World Music Festival next year.” said Angelina Bateman, Director of Events & Corporate Relations of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).

While the performance plans remain a surprise, the Board’s efforts in publicising the Festival are not, with promotions happening at various tourism and travel trade fairs around the world such as ITB Asia in Singapore, World Travel Mart in London, Taipei International Travel Fair in Taiwan and the Asian MICE Forum in Taiwan.

The Festival encourages the appreciation of ethnic art and music from around the world, as well as new interpretations and integration of those arts within modern expression, and it is now brining these values to the world stage.

Updates on the Festival as well as tickets can be found online at the Rainforest World Music Festival official website,

This event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (MTAC) and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia with Malaysia Airlines Berhad as the presenting sponsor.

Photo shows Maurice Balang (middle) and Sarren Michael (right) of STB having discussion with one of the bands manager
Photo shows Maurice Balang (middle) and Sarren Michael (right) of STB having discussion with one of the bands manager


Buso To Be A Heritage Town

The century old Buso bazaar and its surrounding village will be another heritage attraction for the State.

Located about 45 minutes’ drive from the city centre, the attractions include wooden structure shop houses and a typical river boat ride connecting the town from the main road.

Buso town is of historical significance, of which among others, it was a place of refuge during World War II.

The town is mainly populated by a mixed racial composition of Chinese, Malays and Bidayuh communities.

Photo shows Kampung Seberang Buso – a Malay village across Sungai Sarawak Kanan.

Photo credit to Borneo Post.


Another Bundle of Joy

The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre once again received an overwhelming news by having a second bundle of joy, a baby orang utan. The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) announced that the 12-year old mother, Selina showed up at the feeding platform in the afternoon of October 9 with her first offspring. She was last seen on October 2 and she was seen with a male baby clinging onto her.

On September 16, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre has earlier welcomed a new member of a baby orang utan whose mother is Analisa.

With the two new born, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre now has 28 orang utans with 17 were born at the centre.

The centre is open for a visit during the morning from 9am-10 am and afternoon 3pm-3.30pm.

Photo credit to Borneo Post
Photo credit to Borneo Post

Kuching Waterfront Festival 2016

This year, Jalan Carpenter and Jalan Gambier all the way down to Kuching Waterfront will be transformed into a hive of activity from 11-13 November.

This event is held in conjunction with the Sarawak Regatta and Dragon Boat Competition, and hosts a variety of attractions in itself such as the ASEAN Kitchen, where traditional cooks from around the ASEAN countries will demonstrate and sell their traditional cuisines.

There will also be a handicraft bazaar set up, featuring local traditional wares such as jewelry, clothes, carvings and beads, as well as the Gambier Street Flea Market will also be taking place along Jalan Gambier, featuring over 100 stalls selling various products.

The Kuching Waterfront Management, with the combined effort of Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MTAC), are organising the event with the goal of expanding it to a broader international audience base.


Sarawak International Dragonboat Regatta

Sarawak’s famous Dragon Boat Regatta at the Kuching Waterfront will be taking place on November 11 to 13 this year, with teams of 20 or 12 boatmen and women from 11 countries, creating an event of astounding competitors and lively audiences.

Aside from the boat races themselves, the three day cultural event boasts local food and handicraft exhibitions as well as side events such as a mooncake festival, duck catching competition, tug-of-war, singing competitions and many more.


A jewel in the international Dragon Boat racing arena, the Sarawak International Dragon Boat Regatta has attracted huge global participation over the years, particularly from countries with similar dragon-boat racing cultural, and has become a trademark tourist attraction of Kuching.

The International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF), Asian Dragon Boat Federation (ADBF) and Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MTAC), as organisers of the event, have recorded a staggering 50 million participants in Asia alone, especially from China and Southeast Asia, with representatives from 70 countries around the world.


Urang Sarawak ‘Pameran Tentang Kita’ Gallery

The Urang Sarawak “Pameran Tentang Kita”, or the Sarawak People “Gallery about Us” is officially open for viewing at the Sarawak Art Museum just opposite the State Museum, making it the third gallery to open along the city centre.

The Urang Sarawak gallery displays different historical traits of the Sarawak people spanning across different eras such as the Colonial era and the World War era, with the intent of educating the people on the political and cultural heritage of the different ethnicities within Sarawak.

With displays ranging from art to artifact, the gallery covers the different aspects of the sociocultural lifestyles of the Sarawak people, including religion, cosmology and cultural arts.

While the gallery was originally planned to be a temporary replacement for the main building gallery while the State Museum is under renovations, there are hopes that this gallery will remain as it is or relocate to a wing of the main museum, as it has garnered a lot of interest from locals and tourists for its informational and appreciative representation of the many races and tribes in Sarawak.


Riverbank Suites And Apartments Under New Management

Now under the banner of Imperial Hotels, the Riverbank Hotel has been undergoing a makeover and will be open for business in late October.

This three-star boutique hotel will have 109 refurbished rooms and a fusion-styled Riverbank Café, and is located at the epicentre of Kuching’s cultural hub, overlooking the waterfront and the Rajang River.

The hotel is on the end of the waterfront’s boardwalk, and is a minute’s walk from the closeness to the sampans or riverboats, where tourists can simply take a sampan to the other side and experience a traditional Malay village and enjoy their traditional cuisine.

Traditional cultural food and crafts stores line the length of the waterfront, with historical buildings and museums thrown into the mix, making it a prime location for tourists.

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