Two Bidayuh villages along the Semadang River, Kampung Semadang and Kampung Danu, have acquired popularity for outdoor and water activites.
The two villages are located about 40km from Kuching City, the stretch of river has become known for its clear rivers, caves and forested areas as well as their abundance of fish, which attracts tourists interested in fishing, river and jungle activities.
Some of the major events in the Semadang region are the Bengoh Cultural Carnival, Padawan Raft Safari as well as the annual Semadang River Tagang@Fishing Festival.
Kampung Danu has participated in the Tagang System of fish conservation in certain stretches of Sungai Semadang where fishing is prohibited, except for once a year during the Tagang@Fishing Festival.
Fort Alice’s restoration efforts recently won the Gold Award under the “Conservation” Category in Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) or Malaysia Institute of Architects’s 2017 Awards.
Arkitek JFN Sendirian Berhad (Sdn Bhd) were responsible for the restoration and completed the project under the direction of Mike Boon, previously President and founding member of the Sarawak Heritage Society, with advisory contributions from Dr. John Ting, an architecture historian.
The jury of the awards cited their decision on choosing Fort Alice because of the “attention to detail reflected in the restoration of this old fort is truly amazing while the effort made to engage the local community in helping to preserve history for future generations is just as impressive.”
Fort Alice, named after the second white Rajah, Charles Brooke’s wife Margaret Alice Lili de Windt, was built in 1864 and is located in Sri Aman, about 200km from Kuching.
A 10-day Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) will be held from July 7 to 16 as a prelude to the famed Rainforest World Music which will be held in Damai for the weekend from July 14-16.
Promise to mesmerise city visitors with a wide range of arts and craft exhibitions, fashion and food galore, films, photography and fashion shows, it is open to locals and visitors to participate in this inaugural celebration.
The inaugural Borneo Fashion Week (BFW) 2017 will be held on July 7 to 9 at the Borneo 744 building at Jalan Semangat, Kuching.
The BFW aims to promote the beauty of Sarawak and Borneo designs that inspired fashion pieces, showcasing local talented fashion designers and their unique art, as well as providing networking opportunities between local Borneo and International fashion industry designers.
Designers competing in the BFW stand to win a fashion school scholarship from Lim Kok Wing University worth more than RM100, 000.00.
“The Most Promising Designer Award 2017” will be announced on the final day by a panel of judges comprising of talented designers, such as Amir Luqman and Dato Raymond Von Jolly.
Kuching is set to host a three-day International Summit on Peace from September 6 to 8 that will bring together over 800 JCI representatives from international social and youth organisations
The joint effort between the Junior Chambers International (JCI) and Sarawak Government, the Summit will take place as a prelude to the International Day of Peace on September 21.
It will provide a platform for young people from across the globe to join in dialogues and plans of sustainable solutions to achieve world peace.
The programme features training workshops, plenary discussions, keynote addresses by international leading speakers and tours showcasing Kuching’s cultural and religious diversity and harmony.
Detailed information on the programme and registration can be found at the event’s website at www.peaceispossible.cc/summit.
Kuching City was chosen to be the host for this year’s Summit due to its reputation as a City of Unity, and JCI President, Dawn Hetzel said that Kuching not only provides the perfect location but also demonstrates how a peaceful communities can co-exist.
“It will empower active citizens everywhere to begin analysing their own community needs and provide sustainable solutions that create the same united and peaceful culture.” she mentioned in an interview.
Visitors in Sarawak will be able to learn more about the Bidayuh community with the completion of a Bidayuh Museum by the end of the year.
The museum, currently under construction is located at the circular “Baruk” building at Dayak Bidayuh National Association (DBNA) headquarters at Ong Tiang Swee Road.
The Association has been amassing a collection of its cultural relics and archives relevant to the Bidayuh people and will be displayed.
The Baruk is conveniently located near the DBNA main office and has a restaurant, which serves authentic traditional Bidayuh cuisine.
Meanwhile, DBNA’s President, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik called for more exhibits from fellow Bidayuhs including photographs, documents and any relics of historical relevance to further enhance the and improve the museum collections.
The soft launch of the Baruk Museum took place on July 24.
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.
Formerly an all-girls boarding school dormitory, the Marian has been restored into Kuching’s first Heritage Boutique Lodging House.
The Marian is located next to the Bishop’s house at Wayang Street, on a tall hill overlooking Kuching city and the waterfront.
Steeped in history, from the dark original timber flooring and architectural flourishes, to the naming of the rooms after the former matrons and headmistresses such as Betty Johnson, Thelma Cook, Mary and Caroline Sharp as well as the founders of St. Mary School, the McDougalls, the Marian retains the Heritage of the building itself, while displaying elements of clean lines and modern simplicity.
The property now has 40 rooms ranging from dormitories, standard rooms, family rooms and a 2-bedroom apartment