April has become the month of the Frog for UNIMAS, as they will be holding six programmes for varying ages focusing on the awareness and conservation of Sarawak jungle frogs, from April 21 to 29, with the highlight event being the Sixth International Bornean Frog Race.
These programmes begin with the UNIMAS Frog Race Run on April and the Exhibition of the World’s Largest Collection of Amphibian Stamps on April 26 at the UNIMAS New Campus.
On April 27 there will be an Indo-Pacific Amphibian Symposium at UNIMAS’ DeTar Auditorium as well.
The Frog Races, beginning with the Junior Programme for primary school children secondary school children, take place on April 28 and 29 respectfully at Gunung Gading National Park, Lundu.
The Sixth International Bornean Frog Race takes place on April 29 at the Gunung Gading National Park and is open to 150 participants only.
For more information or to register for one of these programmes, visit http://internationalborneanfrograce.weebly.com/
The Borneo Jazz Festival 2017 is being held on May 12 to 13, at the ParkCity Everly Hotel in Miri.
The Festival comes back better than ever with a new line up of Jazz stars from around the world for a feel-good night of good listening, good eating and good company.
This is the 12th instalment of the Borneo Jazz Festival, which has become a staple festival for Miri, with families from Miri and Brunei coming back year after year with their children and family for a weekend of relaxing Jazz music.
This 20th anniversary of the Rainforest World Music Festival takes place on July 14 to 16 and will be unlike any other, with 20% off of early bird prices beginning this January 20.
“It’s a show of gratitude to our most loyal festival attendees, who come year after year with their children and friends. We wanted to give back to them somehow, and we want them to be there with us on this momentous occasion,” said Director of Events and Corporate Relations, Madam Angelina Patricia Bateman when she announced the promotion.
While the usual attractions such as the Crafts Bazaar, musical and art workshops and nightly performances remain unchanged, there is a possibility of more plans in store for the Festival this year.
Tickets as well as additional information can be found at rwmf.net
Registration for the Borneo Mountain Bike (MTB) Challenge and City Ride 2017 in Bintulu, is now open till January 15, and once more participants from abroad will be in attendance.
The MTB Challenge takes place on February 26 beginning at Wisma Bintulu, and is organised by the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA).
The five categories for the MTB Challenge are the men’s open, men’s veteran, junior boy (below 19), closed men and ladies open with distances and difficulty varying, while the City Ride, which is a non-competitive part of the event, is 55 km long which will be held on February 25.
Both the MTB Challenge and the City ride have RM100 per-registration and all participants receive jersey, finisher medal, bike tag, goodies bag and stand the chance to win lucky draws.
For online registration please log on: https://goo.gl/forms/ cA8VbhQBukjstnjz1.
The fifth edition of Colour Rush is expected to have some 8000 participants in Kuching on February 18 and in Miri on February 19, beating its yearly 5000 participants average.
The Colour Rush is held annually by the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) to commemorate International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15 and to raise funds for the medical treatment of Sarawakian children diagnosed with cancer.
The registration has been open since December 4, 2016, and has shown incredible promise of hitting the 8000 participant mark in the Colour Rush by the time registration ends on January 25.
To encourage registration, the SCCS held a special promotion where the first 50 participants to register before December 31 receive special t-shirts and a voucher.
The REDEEMS annual Praise Music Festival will be held on December 4 to 6 at the REDEEMS Centre in Singai, Bau Kuching, showcasing the rich culture, tradition and heritage of the Bidayuh people.
This event hopes to promote cultural tourism in the Bau region, while also enhancing the goodwill between the different races and kampungs or villages in the area, allowing them to celebrate life and culture together in harmony.
The event will be held with the REDEEMS core goals in mind, which is to move the local community of the Bau region towards an orderly and progressive society by creating development-centric activities that promote their cultures externally and preserve them internally.
The Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak (REDEEMS) is a community based organization (CBO) for the 12 Kampungs (villages) in Singai area, and was officially registered with the Registrar of Society (Malaysia) on the 7th July 1997 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and non-profit body (NPB).
The fourth Kuching ‘Monster Dash’ Charity Run, back by popular demand and organized by the OurYouth.my team, will be held on 14 January next year, starting at iCOM Square to Jalan Pending.
This charity run began as a 5km charity run to raise funds for charitable associations.
This year’s charities are the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) and the Hope Place, which is a non-governmental organization that aims to help the needy and underprivileged in Kuching, including the disabled, elderly and poverty stricken citizens.
The run also aims to introduce a healthier lifestyle among Kuching people as well as establish real-life social networking between people, especially among the youth, while also experiencing the Kuching streets at night, which has proven to be a spectacular view of lights and nightlife.
Through the run, the organizers hope to create a new way of encouraging social awareness and a sense of community responsibility and love to battle the different challenges Kuchingites face together, be it an underprivileged socioeconomic background or a debilitating physical impairment.
The annual Sarawak Regatta will begin on November 18 to November 20 this year, promising a grand event with participating teams hailing from both government and private sectors, local and abroad, though the most numerous competitors remain the local villages that pepper the banks of the Rajang river.
The regattas have a special place in the hearts of local villages of all races, as it dates back to 1872 during the James Brooke era, when it was first introduced with the intention of stopping racial wars among local tribes where headhunting was largely practiced.
James Brooke called all tribes to challenge each other not in violence, but instead in sportsmanship, by having boat races to prove their power, strength and speed; a call that has since continued to bring peaceful competitiveness between the tribes along the Rajang.
The villages throughout Sarawak will be sending their representatives to compete in the regatta for the coveted ‘Raja Sungai’ title, making a grand occasion of comradery, teamwork and healthy rivalry.
Each longboat carries thirty paddlers and this category is always a closely fought affair and a major crowd puller, while the programme also includes the “Brooke Swim”, Raft Tug-of-war, and duck catching as well as various exhibitions and markets along the waterfront selling cultural crafts, wares and food.
The Sarawak Regatta takes place along the Sarawak River. The 1.3 km Kuching Waterfront provides ample vantage points to watch the action on the water.
Taking place on December 2 to 4 this year, the sixth edition of the Sibu Bike Week has already attracted 200 bike clubs and 2,000 bikers from across the globe.
Among them were bikers from Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan in the Borneo island, Peninsular Malaysia, Germany, Spain, the Philippines, Holland, Australia, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia and Thailand.
The event will kick off with a bike and car exhibitions, tattoo shows, as well as the Miss Sibu Bike Week competition and the Ride Sibu Town event.
There will also be band, scooter, skateboard and BMX competitions, as well as car drifting shows and slow ride competitions, throughout the course of the event, ending in true Sarawakian fashion with a fireworks show and a karaoke competition.