KUCHING: The Sarawak Harvest and Folklore Festival will be held from April 26 to 28 at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong near here and will complement the ongoing Visit Sarawak Campaign (VSC).
State Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that apart from the festival, Kuching City would be hosting the much-awaited Asean International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) from April 24 to 27.
“This festival is aimed to celebrate the unique cultural diversity of Sarawakians who come from different ethnicities and show others that Sarawakians can still live in perfect harmony,“ he told a media conference here today.
He congratulated the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Sarawak Cultural Village for organising a colourful and vibrant ethnic festival which also serves as a prelude to the statewide Gawai Dayak celebration that is jointly celebrated by all Sarawakians in June.
ETHNIC BEAUTY PAGEANT MISS CULTURAL HARVEST FESTIVAL 2019
26th April 2019
The beauty pageant was introduced in 1999 and unlike the traditional Kumang Gawai where the contestants are of the Dayak community; ethnic beauty pageant is open to all single ladies of any race and nationalities.
The open application to all single ladies of any race and nationalities is to encourage and attract the interest and participation of non-Dayak to celebrate in a festival that has traditionally associated with the Dayak community only.
The Organiser has always been looking for a woman of quality and substance as the winners of the pageant. The winner must have the grace and poise, articulate with a sound knowledge of Sarawak and its tourism related subjects.
Besides physical attractiveness, the winner must also possess a friendly disposition, charm and the confident for she could be our tourism ambassador. Book your ticket here
MUSICAL DRAMA – DANG BUNSU
27th April 2019
One of the highlights of SHFF is the musical drama, which has so far received rave reviews from both the media and audiences. The obvious uniqueness that whf theme plays have are the fact that the stage will be the whole village itself, and the entire play will envelop the guests in live theatrical scenes.
The three Dayak communities’ legends will take turns in being featured in SHHF’s musical dramas, and following last year’s Iban theme play and the Bidayuh the year before that, it is now the turn for the Orang Ulu community to have one of their legends re-enacted.
This year musical drama will be based on a Bisaya legendary entitled “Dang Bunsu” will tell the story of a young Bisaya maiden on her mystical journey. Book your ticket here
SAPE WORLD CONCERT
27th April 2019
For Sape enthusiasts, there will be a Sape concert staged on the night of 27th April 2017 in the SCV Theatre. This concert combines both the Sape professionals and amateurs from Sarawak, Sabah and other countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei. This concert will feature Sape traditional and fusion music by international musicians as well as Sape’ workshop at day time.
This festival was introduced and held mainly to preserve and maintain the originality and uniqueness of Orang Ulu traditional music from Sarawak and Malaysia in general, at both the national and international level.
Sape is one of the Orang Ulu’s identities and can become a tourist attraction for the state and Malaysia. Book your ticket here