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26 Mar 2015

Events in Sarawak for 2015

Events in Sarawak for 2015

Events in Sarawak for 2015 is a list compiled for anyone planning to visit the largest state in Malaysia this year. The events and festivals in Sarawak range from all kinds where the most popular ones being the music festivals like the Borneo Jazz Festival 2015 taking place in May and also the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 which takes place in August. 

Other events in Sarawak are in many genres from adventure, cultural, film, international and domestic events. A number of them like the Kite Festival and the Tidal Bore Festival will see many foreign visitors attending them. A number of running events are also available for runners and marathoners. 

Sports events are also in the list with the famous Sarawak Regatta taking place in September while the Sibu Big Bike Week in December will see hundreds of bikes from all over Borneo attending this. Even frogs are highlighted in the 2nd Bornean Frog Race which is a very niche and unique event. 

The list of Events in Sarawak  for 2015 is;

Earth Hour 2015 Kuching Sarawak

Earth Hour 2015
Date: March 31 
Where: Kuching Waterfront

Sarawak MV Logos Hope 2015

MV Logos Hope - Cruise Ship

Nothing beats boarding a massive cruise ship and the MV Logos Hope offers visitors an introduction to the vessel and the organisation which includes a book fair featuring over 5,000 different titles of educational and Christian books, a visual presentation and the International Cafe.

Date: April 2 - 29
• Mon-Tue: 2pm - 9.30pm
• Wed-Sat: 10am - 9.30pm
• Sun: 1pm - 9.30pm
Where: Berth 6, Sim Kheng Hong Port, Pending 
Contact: +6010 9606178

ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA 2015)

ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA 2015)

The ASEAN International Film Festival And Awards 2015 is a premier film festival, which made its debut in 2013. Held in the city of Kuching, Sarawak,  the biennial film festival celebrates the best of films around the ASEAN region. Definitely a must-attend festival for any film lover. 

Date: April 9-11
where: Unnamed Venue, Kuching

Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari 2015

Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari 2015

The unique Baleh-Kapit Raft Safari is a two-day rafting contest organized by the Tourism Task Group of Kapit. This is also the 20th Baleh–Kapit Raft Safari since the inaugural event in 1996 and held along the mighty Rejang River. A must visit event for water sport lovers. 

Date: April 11-12
Where: Kapit town, Kapit

Pesta Benak Tidal Bore Festival 2015

Tidal Bore Festival 2015 (Pesta Benak)

Pesta Benak or Tidal Bore Festival is one of Sarawak’s iconic events which is celebrated on a grand scale. This special event is centred in Sri Aman town with longboat paddling competitions, tidal bore surfing, water sports, food and trade fair, nightly entertainment and viewing of the famous tidal bore. Surfers, take note. 

Date: April 17
Where: Batang Lupar Riverfront, Sri Aman

Mukah Kaul Festival 2015

Mukah Kaul Festival 2015

The Kaul is a traditional festival celebrated by the Melanau community living along the coast areas in Sarawak. In the past, Kaul was held as a religious ceremony to appease the spirits of the sea, land, forest and farm making it the most important festival in the Melanau traditional calendar. If you love cultures and religion, this is one event to attend. 

Date: April 22-27
Where: Tapak Pesta Kaul, Kuala Dana, Mukah

The Bornean Frog Race 2015

The Bornean Frog Race 2015

At the Bornean Frog Race, participants will explore one or more trails at the Serapi foothills within the Kubah National Park for a period of 2 hours, and returning with digital images of these amphibians. A very unique and interesting event for any wildlife or animal lover. 

Date: April 25
Where: Kubah National Park, Matang, Kuching

World Harvest Festival 2015

World Harvest Festival 2015

The main highlight of the World Harvest Festival is the theme play which utilises the lake, ethnic houses and trees as natural props found in the world-famous Sarawak Cultural Village. Each year the play takes on a different ethnic theme and for 2014, it was based on a traditional Bidayuh legend.

Date: May 1-3
Where: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching

Borneo Jazz Festival 2015

The mother of all Jazz Festivals, the Borneo Jazz Festival 2015 or BJF 2015 is in its 10th Anniversary and for this year, a special lineup has been arranged for jazz lovers. Held in the resort city of Miri, this music festival attracts jazz lovers from around the region. 

Date: May 8, 6pm – May 9, 12pm
Where: Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri

Runners Wild Bario 2015

Runners Wild Bario 2015

This is a trail-running series that takes runners into the wild for unforgettable National Geographic inspired running experiences across Southeast Asia and here in Sarawak Borneo. 

Date: May 16
Where: Bario, Miri

Pesta Babulang 2015 Festival

Pesta Babulang 2015

The highlight of the Pesta Babulang Festival is a buffalo race involving teams from Limbang, Sabah and Brunei trying to outrace each other, riding on bare buffalo back. Activities include cultural performances, a cooking contest, beauty pageant, handicrafts exhibition and lucky draws. Full of family fun here! 

Date: June 1
Where: Kampung Batu Danau, Limbang

Spring Mall Live Active Run 2015

Live Active Run 2015

Organized by The Spring Shopping Mall back in 2012, the Spring Live Active Run Half-Marathon injected a jolt of excitement into the outdoor recreation scene when it became the first large-scale competitive and community run organized in Sarawak. There are five categories - 21km Half-Marathon, 10km Run, 10km Corporates Race, 5km Fun Run and a 2km Kids Dash, the Spring Live Active Run is a perfect platform for runners of all levels and ages.

Date: June 14, 5.30am
Where: The Spring Mall, Kuching

Sarawak Interbike Hash 2015

Interbike Hash 2015

The Sarawak Inter Bike Hash 3 (IBH3) will be a 3 day event held from 10 to 12 July, 2015. Programme activities commence on Friday afternoon and continue with a mass mountain bike ride on Saturday and end with a city ride on Sunday morning. A must attend for any cycling enthusiast. 

Date: July 10-12
Where: Bau, Kuching

Bario Food Festival 2015

Pesta Nukenen Bario or Bario Food Festival 2015

One of Sarawak's most unique and exciting food and cultural festivals, the Bario Food Festival promises an experience you will remember for a very long time. Recommended for foodies or food enthusiast. 

Date: July 30 - Aug 1 
Where: Bario, Miri

Borneo Cultural Festival 2015

Borneo Cultural Festival 2015

The Borneo Cultural Festival or BCF 2015 is a week-long celebration of food, music and dances celebrating the diverse cultural background of Sibu community such as the Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Orang Ulu, Malay and Chinese people here. A must attend festival for anyone who loves culture and people. 

Date: July 30 – August 8
Where: Sibu Town Square, Sibu

RWMF 2015

Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 (RWMF’15)

Branded as one of the Top 25 Music Festivals in the world, the RWMF 2015 is something that any concert or festival lover should attend. Held in the rainforest of Santubong in Kuching, this 3-day festival promises a unique experience. 

Date: Aug 7-9
Where: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching

Padawan Raft Safari 2015

Padawan Raft Safari 2015

The Padawan Raft Safari is a bamboo rafting competition where participants journey down river which will take more than three and a half hours. This experience lets participants pass amazing picturesque scenes and rapids which create a natural obstacle and one amazing journey. 

Date: Aug 16
Where: Kampung Annah Rais, Kampung Temurang, Kampung Danu, Kampong Git, Padawan, Kuching

TVET 2015

World Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) Conference 2015
Date : 25 – 27 August 2015
Where: Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching

Bintulu International Kite Festival 2015

Borneo International Kite Festival 2015

The Borneo International Kite Festival will be held in this seaside town of Bintulu and for the 11th time to date. The huge windy open space of the Old Bintulu Airport that faces the South China Sea provides ideal consistent flying conditions that kiters love. If you love all things kites, this is one event to attend here in Bintulu. 

Date: Sept 1
Where: Old Airport Runway, Bintulu

Sibu Base Jump 2015

Sibu Base Jump 2015

The Sibu Base Jump has been organised since 2009 and has become a yearly event organised by Sibu Tourism Task Force Group with technical support by BASE Jumper from Australia and Malaysia. Sibu Base Jump 2015 is planned to be carried out just a week before KL Tower Jump. 

Date: Sept 21
Where: Wisma Sanyan & Sibu Town Square (Phase I), Sibu

Sarawak Regatta 2015

Sarawak Regatta 2015

The significance of regattas in Sarawak dates back to 1872 during the James Brooke era where it started with the intention to stop racial wars among local tribes where headhunting was largely practised. James Brooke then instructed all tribes to instead challenge each other by having boat races to prove their power and strength and hence now, the Sarawak Regatta is one of the most popular events here. 

Date: Sept 25 – Sept 27
Where: Kuching Waterfront

Sibu International Dance Festival 2015

Sibu International Dance Festival 2015

The Sibu International Dance Festival is a world platform for artists and arts organisations to explore, exchange experiments and inspire concepts, showcasing the diversity of dance in the land of Borneo. 

Date: Sept 22-26
Where: Sibu town

Borneo International Beads Conference 2015

Borneo International Beads Conference 2015

For the beads and craft lovers, the Borneo International Beads Conference 2015 (BIBCo2015) will be the 4th International Bead Conference held here and promises to be even more exciting and vibrant than the past events. A must-visit for any bead lover around the world. 

Date: Oct 9-11
Where: The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching

Borneo Talent Awards 2015

Borneo Talent Awards 2015

The Borneo Talent Awards 2015 is a competition to identify the most talented performer from various discipline of show and it is open to both Malaysians and foreigners of all ages. The talent competition will showcase singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, acrobatics, pantomime, mimic or performing arts.

Date: Nov 27-28
Where: Sibu Town Square, Sibu

Big Bike Week 2015 Sibu Sarawak

Sibu Big Bike Week 2015

The Sibu Bike Week attracts around 2,000 bikers from across the globe and among them are bikers from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Kalimantan, Germany, Spain, Philippines, Holland, Australia, Abu Dhabi, Indonesia and Thailand. If you love big bikes, this is the event to check out! 

Date: Dec 4
Where: Sibu town

For more information, you can also visit the Sarawak Tourism Board Website or you can contact the event organizers. anyone planning to visit Sarawak to attend any of these events are highly recommended to make your travel arrangements in advance. 

Some of the locations may be a little harder to get to therefore there are a number of travel companies that offer packages for these events and festivals. The main events in the cities are convenient for the visitor while the ones off the main cities requires traveling, some even off road. Hope you will have the opportunity to attend some of the events in Sarawak for 2015. 

23 Mar 2015

Pesta Nukenen Bario

Pesta Nukenen Bario 2015

Pesta Nukenen Bario or the Bario Food and Culture Festival 2015 is being celebrated from 30 July to 1st August and this very unique and special event will showcase the stunning and amazing highland culture of Sarawak Borneo. This year also showcases the 10th anniversary of the festival celebrating the culinary and cultural heritage of the Kelabit Highlands.

At Bario, visitors can expect authentic Kelabit food prepared by the highly skillful local chef's who have carried the recipes from generation to generation. The beauty about the local dishes here is seeing how they are prepared in the traditional longhouses. On a normal day, they are prepared in the kitchen of the longhouse which also doubles at the main guest area.

Bario Food Festival 2015
The main area where the Bario Food Festival will be held
The history of the Bario food Festival dates back 10 years ago in 2005 where the main principle objective was to recover the traditional processing methods of the Kelabit highland people which includes the indigenous edible plants and wildlife.

This food festival is considered to be one of the world's most unique festival due to the overall culinary process and experience. Because Bario is not an easy place to reach in the highlands, this resulted in the locals having kept the centuries old tradition and recipes safeguarded.

Pitcher Plant Rice Bario
Pitcher Plant Rice, a local Kelabit speciality dish
However, with modernization, many of the younger generation have moved from the highlands to the fast moving city life and hence less people are getting involved in this process. Overall, there are only 6000 Kelabit people found around the world where the main concentration is here in the highlands.

In the recent Miri Country and Music Festival, the Bario Food Festival 2015 was promoted by the organisers by bringing the Kelabit people down from Bario to showcase their ethnic Kelabit food. At the bazaar, there was a Kelabit Food Tent where visitors were introduced to this authentic food and also for branding awareness for the festival.

Bario Food Festival Organisers
The Bario Food Festival Committee promoting the event in Miri
Bario Food Fest 2015
The media was given a preview and taste of the traditional Kelabit food
Dato Isaac Lugun Nikki Lugun
Dato Isaac Lugun (centre) and Nikki Lugun (right) sampling the Kelabit Food at the festival
Kelabit food is more of a slow food which is processed from scratch using all kinds of natural ingredients. The blend of diverse ingredients used are also not found anywhere in the world making this place the main hub for the delicacy.

This is also one of the main reasons why you will not find any authentic Kelabit restaurants anywhere. Among the recommended food to try here is the Nuba' Laya' which is softened rice wrapped in banana leaf. Another popular dish is Labo Belatuh or smoked meat done Kelabit style.

Kelabit Food Photo
Kelabit Food, very authentic dishes
At the Nukenen Festival, you will not only experience the unique and amazing food but also witness the Kelabit lifestyle. Moving towards a carnival like atmosphere, visitors can see traditional dances, games and even music of the Kelabits.

However, when dusk arrives, you will also see another side of the locals here where song and dance come into play. As the highland people are avid followers of the country and western lifestyle, don't be surprised to see locals in cowboy hats and boots singing along to popular country tunes.

Pesta Nukenen is organised by the Rurum Kelabit Sarawak, the Kaum Ibu and Belia Bario and supported by Alde Valley Food Adventures UK, the Sarawak Tourism Board and the Sarawak State Government.

Trekking in Bario
Trekking in Bario
Activities in Bario

Salt Factory Farm in Bario Due to the high elevation, Bario is truly an amazing place for anyone who loves the outdoors, culture and nature. Here, you can witness the locals going about their everyday lives harvesting and planting highland paddy or rice padi. This is one of the main industries of the Kelabit people. Apart from this, smaller farming lands cater to vegetables and fruit.

Hiking and trekking is also on top of the activity list as there are many trails available around Bario. Some of off road while a number of them lead to other villages.

Bird watching is also available for avid birders and even beginners as a number of montane birds are available here, including endemic ones. It is said that there are two or three species which is very rare and found only in the Bario Highlands.

There are also visits to the local salt farm where you can witness how traditional salt is processed and made here. The salts are processed from salt water which is pumped to the main centre and then cooked before fire drying them. Each designated family takes turns to process the Bario Salt here.

Other activities include kayaking down the Daphur River which is something that I would like to try one day.

Kelabit Longhouse Bario
A Kelabit Longhouse in Bario
Kelabit Longhouse

Kelabit longhouse visits are the main highlight and not to be missed as this is truly a one-of-a-kind experience where you can walk through these extremely long wooden houses on stilts which have about 20-30 families staying there.

The longhouses have three main sections - The tawa which is the main hall or corridor, the bilik which is the actual homes of the locals and the back of the longhouse which is the kitchen and open area.

Video inside a Kelabit Longhouse in Bario

While many may think the tawa is the main area, it is actually the kitchen area which serves as the main area where guests are hosted and families gather. When I visited one of the longhouses, the locals told me that it was common for guests to enter from the kitchen and be greeted and hosted here.

Flying to Bario
Flying inside a Twin Otter Turboprop Plane to Bario
How to go to Bario

Bario is accessed only via flight from Miri, Lawas and Kuching and only via the small turboprop aeroplanes which can seat 16 passengers at one time. There are three flights a day but during the festival, MASwings has allocated additional flights to make it 6 flights a day. Note that each passenger is weighed along with their luggage before checking in.

As for land transport, it takes about 10-12 hours just from Miri and only the locals will go for this. A flight will take you 1 hour only. There are no taxis or buses to Bario.

Taking a flight to Bario is one amazing experience as you will fly around 1000 to 3000 feet above ground and you can see the vast primary and secondary rainforest below you. Even more amazing is the landing experience at the Bario airport.Check out the video I did for the plane landing at Bario Airport.

Video of plane landing in Bario

Accommodations in Bario

While Bario is located up in the highlands, you won't be getting general hotels here. The standard accommodations are all in the form of homestays. This means, some of the homes and longhouses here offer a staying experience with the families which in result lets you have a feel of how life is up in the highlands. To date, there are about 10 homestays available in Bario which can accommodate up to about 200-300 people and it is advised to book ahead for anyone wanting to visit here.

Nigmat Ayu Homestay in Bario
Nigmat Ayu Homestay in Bario
On my trip to Bario in October 2014, I stayed at Nigmat Ayu Homestay which is run by Scott Apoi. The place was very nice and cosy and totally something I did not expect. Together with a media group, we were treated to the local Kelabit home-cooked food by Scott's mother. In our free time, we would gather in the common area at the balcony just absorbing the beautiful views as the house was located on top of a small hill.

Map of Bario Sarawak
Map of Bario, Sarawak
Bario Highlands Map
Map of Bario Highlands
Anyone planning to go to the Bario Food Festival is highly advised to make arrangements way in advance as there are flight limitations. The nearest city to Bario is Miri too. For any additional information, you can also check out the Sarawak Tourism Board events website. For me, I have never attended this festival and I hope that this year, I will have the opportunity to visit this place and experience this unique festival. If I do go, see you there at the Pesta Nukenen Bario.

21 Mar 2015

Events in Malaysia April 2015

Events in Malaysia April 2015

Events in Malaysia for April 2015 will suit the adventurer, culture and heritage lover as events are spread all over the country from west Malaysia to East Malaysia. The variety of events include an international music festival, a traditional silat festival, shopping events, a bird race, a water festival and even a very unique regatta in Sabah. 

One of the best times to visit Malaysia is also in April as the weather would be perfect as the rainy season has ended while each state in Malaysia prepares for the many other events to come throughout the year. The list of events are;

Penang World Music Festival 2015

Penang World Music Festival 2015

The Penang World Music Festival 2015 has moved to a new venue this year and features a colourful assortment of performances ranging from traditional to fusion. Experience mind-blowing performances by international musicians from Spain, Germany, South Africa, India and more. Marvel at the fusion of historic and contemporary attractions, right in our UNESCO Heritage City. We invite you to experience food that will exhilarate your taste buds while indulging yourself in this all-in-one music and culture trip.

Date  : 11 to 12 April, 2015
Venue  : Esplanade, Penang
Organiser : Penang  State Tourism
Website : www.penangworldmusic.gov.my
Contact :+604-650 5136

Labuan National Water Festival 2015

Labuan Water Festival 2015

This water-splashing event invites visitors to come and enjoy, relax, eat, play and compete in numerous water-related activities such as fishing, round-island kayaking, cross-channel swimming, and shore fishing. Take part in a beach tug-of-war competition, test your agility in climbing a slippery pole or take out the competition in a fun pillow fight! Visitors are also welcome to join the Labuan International Sea Challenge which is part of the annual Malaysia Water Festival; it is among the biggest and popular water sports events in the country. If you are a water sports lover, then Labuan is the place for you.

Date: 24 to 26 April 2015
Venue: Federal Territory of Labuan
Organiser: Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia
Website: www.motour-labuan.com / www.lisc.com.my
Contact: +6087-422622

1Malaysia Grand Prix Sale

1Malaysia Grand Prix Sale

The 1Malaysia Grand Prix Sale, held in conjunction with the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix, is a highly-anticipated sale in which shoppers can expect to buy fabulous products at a bargain. Tourists coming to enjoy the F1 race can later experience the Truly Malaysian shopping thrill off-circuit which not only offers the best prices with the best varieties of items but also offers an array of dining choices that will ignite your senses. From seductive culinary temptations and fun and recreation to relaxation and entertainment, experience it all at the 1Malaysia Grand Prix Sale.

Date: 14 March to 5 April, 2015
Venue: Participating malls throughout the country
Organiser: Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Website: www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my
Contact: +603-8891 8000

Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya

Ironman 70.3

The Ironman 70.3 event is not for the faint-hearted. If you have the iron will and determination to swim for 1.9 km, cycle for 90 km, and run for 21.1 km, then you might just cross that finish line with bragging rights. But if you do not succeed, it is still great to watch the sheer physical and mental strength of man from the sidelines. For any running or marathoner out there, this is a must-attend event in Putrajaya. 

Date: 5 April, 2015
Venue: Millennium Monument, Precinct 2, Putrajaya
Organiser: World Triathlon Corporation
Website: http://www.ironman.com/
Contact: +603-7491 0591

Selangor Bird Race 2015

Wings of Kuala Kubu Bharu - Selangor Bird Race 2015

A Bird Watching Festival in Malaysia, Wings of Kuala Kubu Bharu is a great opportunity for birders to come together to enjoy nature and expand their knowledge of the different species of birds and their habitats. Participants will go through 10 different checkpoints starting from the charming town of Kuala Kubu Baru, past the Kalumpung Hot Springs and ending at the Genting Highlands Awana Resort. 

The area is part of the Important Bird Area and has gems such as the Marbled Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Large Niltava, Silver-Breasted Broadbills and three hornbills namely Rhinoceros, Great and Bushy Crested. Experience the green side of Malaysia here at the Wings of KKB Selangor Bird Race event. A must-attend event for any bird-watchers as Bird Watching in Malaysia is now a growing hobby and sport. 

Date: 24 to 26 April, 2015
Venue: Kuala Kubu Bharu and Awana Resort, Genting Highlands
Organiser:  Hulu Selangor District Council
Website: wingsofkkb.blogspot.com
Contact: +603-60641331

Nasi Ambeng Festival
Johor's Nasi Ambeng - Pix from JohorKaki
Nasi Ambeng Carnival

Nasi Ambeng or Nasi Ambang is a popular Johor fragrant rice dish consisting of white rice served with chicken curry or chicken cooked in soy sauce, vegetables, fried noodles, some salted fish, fried coconut flesh, and so on. 

It is cooked during important celebrations and served in a tray to be shared by four to five people. Come and experience the unique, communal dining style and delicious food of the Javanese-Malay people at the Nasi Ambang Carnival. A must-try experience for any food lover or foodie. 

Date: 17 to 18 April, 2015
Venue: Banghuris Homestay, Sg. Pelek, Sepang, Selangor
Organiser: National Department for Culture and Arts
Website: www.jkkn.gov.my
Contact: +603-5510 2664

UNESCO World Heritage Exhibition 2015

UNESCO World Heritage Exhibition

The UNESCO World Heritage Exhibition is being held at Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur. This exhibition features the four UNESCO World Heritage sites in Malaysia namely the cities of Melaka and George Town, the Archaeological Heritage of Lembah Lenggong, Gunung Mulu National Park and Kinabalu Park. 

Though small, the exhibition is packed with many interesting exhibits and information about each UNESCO site, and is a great stop before tourists decide to visit any of the actual destinations. The UNESCO World Heritage Exhibition runs until 31 December 2015. Admission is free.

Date: Until 31 December 2015
Venue: Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur
Organiser:  Department of National Heritage
Website: www.facebook.com/jabatanwarisannegara
Contact: +603 2260 9000

Regatta Lepa 2015 Sabah

Regatta Lepa 2015

The Regatta Lepa 2015 traditional boat race occurs annually in April and this very special, unique and vibrant festival pays homage to the lepa, which is a traditional single-mast sailing boat of the Bajau people of Semporna, Sabah. 

Witness a fleet of colourful lepas decorating the coast of Semporna during the annual Regatta Lepa event. Enjoy unique cultural performances, the Lepa Beauty Pageant, the Most Beautiful Lepa competition, fireworks displays and so much more. Semporna is also the main gateway to the beautiful islands of Mabul, Mataking and Sipadan. See this article for photos of the Regatta Lepa in Semporna Sabah

Date: 24 to 26 April, 2015
Venue: Regatta Lepa Square, Semporna
Organiser: Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd
Website: www.sabahtourism.com
Contact: +6088-232121 / +6013-850 4007

Kelantan Nusantara Silat Carnival 2015

The Nusantara Silat Carnival 2015

The Nusantara Silat Carnival 2015 is organised by the Kelantan Tourism Information Centre. This event brings silat practitioners all the way from Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei and is perfect for any martial art lover. Kelantan is proud to be the birthplace of the silat jatuh which is a very unique form of martial arts. Visitors are welcome to learn about the unique martial art culture of silat in the beautiful and culture-rich state of Kelantan. 

Date: 5 to 7 April, 2015
Venue: Kota Bharu City Hall Council, Kelantan
Organiser:  TIC Kelantan
Website: tic.kelantan.gov.my
Contact: +609-748 5534/+609-748 3543

Kaul Mukah Festival 2015

Kaul Mukah Festival 2015

One of the more interesting festivals in Sarawak, visitors are invited to experience the lifestyle of the Melanau community living along the coastal areas of Sarawak, and celebrate one of their highly cherished traditional festivals. The Kaul Mukah is celebrated as a religious ceremony to appease spirits of the sea, land, forest and farm, making it the most important festival in the Melanau traditional calendar. 

The festival site is on the banks of the Mukah river estuary where visitors can relax, soak in the culture and participate in the activities, traditional games (a major highlight is the giant traditional swing called “Tibow”) as well as savour their unique delicacies. The Kaul Mukah festival provides an amazing opportunity for visitors to experience the Truly Malaysia cultural heritage that in its essence is what makes Malaysia a diversified and culturally rich country.

Date: 25 to 26 April, 2015
Venue: Mukah Festival Ground
Organiser: Kaul Mukah Festival Committee
Website: www.kaulmukah.com
Contact: +6016-5781945 (Mrs Jennifer)

The list of events in Malaysia for April 2015 is compiled by tourism Malaysia and for anyone planning to visit Malaysia during April, you are advised to check on accommodation and transport to the various events around Malaysia. 
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