The third edition of the Semadang River Tagang Festival will take place on July 28 to 30, it offers water activities and sports, fishing competitions and Kayaking among others.
Held along the Tagang area of Sarawak Kiri River near Kampung Semadang, about 30 minutes from Kuching, this year’s festival has expanded its repertoire by adding a Miss Tagang Beauty Contest, cooking competitions, music and dance, a food bazaar, exhibitions as well as games for children.
Festival Director Robert Kenneth stated that the main attraction of the festival remains with the fishing competition on July 29, with two categories called Local Anglers and Tourists & Media, offering cash prizes amounting in RM3,000.
This Festival is jointly organised by the Sarawak Agriculture Department and Kampung Semadang Tagang System Committee.
The 3-day food festival known as the Pesta Nukenen Bario, is held on July 27 to 29 at the Bario Village, located in the Bario Highlands which stands 3,200ft above sea level, just a 45 minute flight from Miri.
Celebrating the unique gastronomical and cultural heritage of the local Kelabit people, the organic food at the Nukenen prepared by the longhouse communities will be celebrated with festivities accompanied by traditional games and cultural dance and music performances.
Separated from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Nukenen festival is the perfect opportunity to get away from the city life, with good food and friendly people to accompany days of cool highland air and nights filled with immeasurable stars, visible in ways towns no longer allow.
The Gawai Carnival Redeems 2017 is being held on July 14 to 16 at the Redeems Centre at Kampung Apar Singai, Bau in Kuching.
This annual Carnival, organised by the Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak (REDEEMS), aims to showcase the authentic Bidayuh culture, tradition and heritage, as well as to promote tourism within the Singai Bau region.
The Carnival features traditional food, arts, crafts and cultural performances and culture through a festivities and community sports.
Sibu is launching its debut week-long Sibu Street Art Festival on June 9 to 17.
The Festival is in support and celebration of all things around art and is spurred on by Sibu’s recent addition of culturally and historically significant street art murals that have added a little zest to the town’s walls.
As the murals depict different parts of Sibu’s life style, including food, old trades and a host of other attractions, it shows a personal part of Sibu’s communal identity as never seen before.
Watch water buffaloes in action at the Pesta Babulang of the Bisaya community in Batu Danu, Limbang, takes off on June 9 to 11.
Organised by the Bisaya Association, this annual event drives tourists to the streets of Limbang as exciting water buffalo races begin, and also spiced with decorative water buffalo ‘float’ competitions, beauty pageants and traditional Bisaya food fiesta, an affair for the whole community!
To get to Limbang one has to take a 30 minute flight from Miri, or a short 15 minute drive from Tedungan if you are travelling from neighbouring Brunei Darulssalam.
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.
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.