Motocross of Borneo 2017, Anyone?

The Motocross of Borneo 2017 will be taking place at the Miri Motocross Track on May 20 to 21 in Sirikin, Bau, about 40 Kilometres from the State Capital

The race will be divided into three main categories, theMX1, MX2 and MX Veteran while the support races will include a Scramble Open and Cubcross Open.

The Motocross of Borneo is held every year to promote Sarawak as a sports destination, promote motocross within Sarawak, while providing an opportunity to scout new talent in the motocross sports.

It also promotes safe and healthy motocross competitions by providing professional locations on international standards.

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Get ready for the Runners Wild Bario 2017

The Runners Wild Bario 2017 cross-country marathon is back on May 20, introducing a fresh 50km trail for experienced runners and outdoor enthusiasts.

Runners Wild was created to promote tourism in Bario, as well as support the local communities within the area through the event.

Bario, located in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak that rests completely encircled by mountains at 3280 ft above sea level.

For more information, visit: http://www.runnerswild.com/raceinfo

Image shows the Runners Wild Bario 2016 starting point. Photo credit: Runenrs Wild Bario
Image shows the Runners Wild Bario 2016 starting point. Photo credit: Runenrs Wild Bario

Miri May Fest is Here!

The Miri May Fest, also known as Miri’s City Day Celebration, is a month-long celebration held annually since 2005 when Miri went up in status from town to city.

Throughout the month of May, public entertainment and events such as musical, dancing/singing or cultural and arts events, sports competitions, youth programmes, charity drives, parades and food fairs will pepper the city.

This city-wide festival coincides with the Borneo Jazz Festival, on May 12 to 13.

Various programmes will be held to commemorate Miri City Day, many of which have been well received by visitors in previous years’ celebrations.

For more information, visit www.miriresortcity.com/content/miri-may-fest

Image shows Miri City Parade in 2006. Photo Credit: Pui
Image shows Miri City Parade in 2006. Photo Credit: Pui
Image shows MASwings staff awarding passengers with tickets to Borneo Jazz Festival in Miri, after holding lucky draws on-board its flights in April.
Image shows MASwings staff awarding passengers with tickets to Borneo Jazz Festival in Miri, after holding lucky draws on-board its flights in April.

Da Bo Gong Festival

Sibu will be hosting a Da Bo Gong Festival, or Tua Pek Kong in the local Hokkien dialect, on May 12 to 14.

This Festival is held to commemorate the Da Bo Gong deity, the ‘god of the land,’ as well as to recognise the importance of Sibu’s Chinese ancestry and heritage.

Every year, this Festival encourages international cultural tourism to Sibu, while also encouraging the communities in Sibu to live in harmony and unity, as was one of the purposes and jurisdiction of the Deity in question.

The Tua Pek Kong temple in Sibu – formerly known as Eng Ann Teng Temple or Temple of Everlasting Peace – has been a tourist hotspot for many years due to its rich history and beauty.

There are 68 Tua Pek Kong temples in Sarawak – the oldest one being in Kuching.

Image shows the Tua Pek Kong in Sibu. Photo Credit: Borneo Post
Image shows the Tua Pek Kong in Sibu. Photo Credit: Borneo Post

Tanjung Manis Fishing Safari

The Tanjung Manis Fishing Safari 2017 will be held on May 5 to 7 at Bandar Baru Tanjung Manis in Mukah.

This Fishing Safari competition is open to all and is divided into two categories, namely the Deep Sea Category and the Seaside Category.

This will be the 13th Fishing Safari, as it has been held annually since 2005 to promote Tanjung Manis as an eco-tourism destination, especially for fishing sports.

For more information or registration forms, visit www.sarawaktimber.gov.my/pages.php?mod=event&sub=event_detail&id=52

Boats waiting for the launch of the Tanjung Manis Fishing Safari 2016. Photo credit: DUN N41 Kuala Rejang.
Boats waiting for the launch of the Tanjung Manis Fishing Safari 2016. Photo credit: DUN N41 Kuala Rejang.

Borneo Jazz Just Around the Corner

The Borneo Jazz Festival is back at ParkCity Everly in Miri on May 12 to 13 and will be celebrating its 12th anniversary this year.

The festival days are packed with activities, beginning with the outreach programme, where young musicians can learn tips and tricks for jazz keyboard, piano, guitar, percussions and brass instruments from the festival performers.

The evening performances will commence at the beach-side stage, with a dancing and sitting area and food stalls all around, concluding with an ‘after-party’ jam session at the ParkCity Everly Hotel’s Ruai Bar.

The outreach programme will include classes on the basics of jazz keyboard, piano, guitar, percussions and brass instruments, while the greening efforts this year will be a beach clean-up, a change from the tree plantings from the past few years.

For more information on the Borneo Jazz Festival, visit www.jazzborneo.com

Image shows finale of Borneo Jazz Festival 2016.
Image shows finale of Borneo Jazz Festival 2016.

Layar Cycling Carnival 2017

The Layar Cycling Carnival 2017 will be taking place on 30 April to 1 May at the RGC Layar, Simpang Layar in Betong, a four hour’s drive from Kuching.

The Criterium event begins on April 30, at 9.30am with a 2.9km circuit around the area, with 10 loops to complete the Junior (18 and below), Ladies Open, Veterans (41 & above) and the Betong Closed category. 15 loops of the circuit are required for the Men’s Open (19 to 40).

The 100km Road Race will be taking place on May 1 at 8.00am and is divided into three categories, namely the Junior (18 & Below), Men’s Open (19 – 40) and the Veteran (41 & above).

This event is organized by the Resident Office of Betong and managed by the Legionnaries Ventures Sdn. Bhd. For more information, visit https://layarcycle.wixsite.com/lcc17

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World Harvest Festival

The 11th World Harvest Festival, celebrating the harvest festival or “Gawai Dayak”, will be taking place on April 28 to 30 at the Sarawak Cultural Village, with a grand scale of cultural performances both traditional and new.

This year will be including cultural troupes from other regions countries including the Kumpulan Batambul Rungus Matunggong of Sabah and the Nitto Rong Organization of Bangladesh.

The main highlight of the World Harvest Festival remains the themed play, produced and performed by the Sarawak Cultural Village actors and actresses, with this year’s performance entitled “Tra Tra Land: Where Honey Sparkles”, which will take place on April 29.

The finale of the Miss Cultural Harvest Festival also takes place on April 29, while the other days are steeped in traditional food and crafts of the different ethnicities in Sarawak, providing Dayaks and non-Dayaks alike the opportunity to understand the traditions of the old Dayak communities.

For more information, visit the website at http://whf.com.my/

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Calling for participation for the 16th Borneo Nash Hash 2017

The Biennial Borneo Nash Hash is back in Kuching on April 29 and 30 for any ‘drinkers with a running problem’.

The hash run begins with a drink (though runners can choose water and soda over the traditional beer) and takes off through the hash trail, which could be anything from rainforests and streams to climbing fences and storm drains. ‘Off the beaten path’ doesn’t begin to describe the unique routes during a Borneo Nash Hash.

Hashing began in promoting physical fitness among members, with a controlled element of risk and fun, a sort of bridge between a weekend workout and a Friday happy hour.

Borneo Nash Hash 2017 is the 16th instalment and coincides with the 15th anniversary of the Kota Padawan Hash House Harriers and Harriettes, who will be organizing the run this year.

 For more information visit http://www.hhhworldevents.org/events/borneo-nash-hash-2017/

Image show Hashrunners in the jungle. Photo credit: Kota Padawan Hash House
Image show Hashrunners in the jungle. Photo credit: Kota Padawan Hash House

Mukah to host Pesta Kaul end April

The “Pesta Kaul”, or the Kaul Festival, will take place at Mukah’s river bank on April 29-30, marking the beginning of the native Melanau’s calendar and the end of the Monsoon season.

Kaul is performed by the previously animistic Melanau community to appease the spirits of the sea, land, forest and farm to ensure safe fishing and farming ensuring good fortune.

The festival begins with the ‘Serahang’ (decorated basket woven from sago leaf which is raised on a bamboo pole) procession, led by community elders, followed by a festival of traditional food, games and entertainment.

One of the more famous traditional games is the “Tibow”  or giant swing which calls for everyone to try out, while the traditional food is enjoyed communally, served on a logs  for the ‘Keman Baw Bateng’  also known as ‘Makan Beradat’ in Malay.

For more information, visit https://sarawaktourism.com/event/mukah-kaul-festival/

Image shows traditional Melanau ceremony during Pesta Kaul. Photo credit:  Noel Lau
Image shows traditional Melanau ceremony during Pesta Kaul. Photo credit: Noel Lau