Thursday, March 26, 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. 

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