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The following are just a small sample of the many Limbang Resident’s Oice, www.limbangrdo.sarawak.
fascinaing events Sarawak has to ofer. Check out www. for addiional events as they are A 3-day fesival held by the Bisaya Community, including
announced. bufalo racing, cooking compeiions and a tradiional
costume beauty pageant.
Note: All dates are provisional and none have been
oicially conirmed at the ime of wriing. Please Borneo World Music Expo - Venue: Kuching (various
conirm before making your travel arrangements. locaions) - Date: 16th - 18th June, Contact STB (www.
Chinese New Year - Venue: Chinese homes and temples
Asia’s irst world music expo, atracing musicians and
throughout Sarawak - Date: 31 January & 1 February. music industry professionals from around the globe.
Join Sarawak’s Chinese community for open house Plenty of side aciviies and music showcases make this
celebraions, temple processions and lion dances to a iing prelude for the Rainforest World Music Fesival
welcome the Year of the Horse.
Rainforest World Music Fesival - Venue: Sarawak
Pesta Kaul (Melanau Fesival) - Venue: Mukah - Date: Cultural Village, Santubong, Kuching - Date: 20 - 22
To be conirmed (April). Contact Mukah Resident’s June - Contact Sarawak Tourism Board,
Oice, Held annually since 1998, Asia’s very irst world music
The annual spiritual cleansing ceremony of the fesival is sill the most exciing musical event in the
Melanau people, with plenty of sideshows and cultural region and the winner of a host of music industry
performances. Try your hand at the tradiional games, awards.
including the giant swing or ibau.
World Harvest Fesival - Venue: Sarawak Culiral Village Kuching Fesival - Venue: Throughout Kuching - Date:
- Date: 3 - 5 May. Contact Most of July and early August. Contact Kuching South
City Council,
Held to commemorate the unique Gawai Dayak fesival
(see below). Highlights include ethnic food fesival, A month-long fesival of music, drama, arts, exhibiions
ironman compeiion, ethnic beauty pageant and and food, glorious food.
outdoor theatre presentaion of a local legend.
Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadhan) - Venue: Muslim
Borneo Jazz - Venue: Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri - Date: homes throughout Sarawak - Date: 28 & 29 July.
9 & 10 May. Contact Sarawak Tourism Board, www. Muslims all over Sarawak hold open house to celebrate
th the end of the fasing month, with some welcoming
Now in its 9 year, Borneo Jazz Atracts top performers guests all month long. Don’t miss the spicy beef
from around the world, making it one of the top jazz rendang.
fesivals in the region.
Sibu Internaional Dance Fesival - Venue: Various
Wesak Day - Venue: Buddhist homes and temples locaions in Sibu - Date: Early August - Contact Sibu
throughout Sarawak. Date: 13 May Municipal Council,
Visit temples and enjoy candlelight processions A showcase of tradiional and modern dance
with dragon and lion dances as Sarawak’s Buddhist performance and educaion from around the world.
community celebrate the worldly life of the Buddha.
Borneo Cultural Fesival - Venue: Sibu Town Square
Kapit Fest, Venue: Around Kapit - Date: Late May, - Date: 15 - 24 August - Contact Sibu Municipal
Contact Kapit Resident’s Oice, www.kapitro.sarawak. Council, Borneo culture ancient and modern, especially music
A prelude to Gawai Dayak, with fun fair, tradiional and the performing arts, is ofered for your enjoyment
sports, a cultural parade and a tradiionalbeauty at this extravagant 10-day fesival which also includes a
contest. The Kapit Regata, featuring longboat and popular food fair.
power boat races, is the highlight.
Sarawak Regata - Venue: Sarawak River, Kuching
Gawai Dayak (Dayak Harvest Fesival) - Venue: Iban & Waterfront - Date: 5 - 7 September - Contact www.
Bidayuh homes and longhouses throughout Sarawak -
Date -1 & 2 June. Daing from 1872, this is the biggest and best river
The highlight of the year for the Iban and Bidayuh regata in Southeast Asia. There’s even a category for
communiies, with many other groups also celebraing. tourists.
The perfect ime to visit a longhouse and try the rice
wine. Sibu Base Jump - Venue: Wisma Sanyan/Sibu Town
Pesta Babulang (Bisaya Fesival) - Venue: Limbang Square - Date: Mid September - Contact Sibu Municipal
Division - Date: 1 weekend of June (P) - Contact
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