MALAYSIA Events and Festivals





23-25 July

Bario Food Festival (Nukenen Festival)

The 3-day festival celebrates the unique food, farming, forest and cultural heritage of the Bario Highlands (3,200ft ASL) – one of the last surviving intact traditionally farmed and forested highland watersheds in Sarawak and East Malaysia. Enjoy the delicious organic food cooked by the various longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands. There will be traditional games and dances by young and old. There are plenty of trekking trails to keep your adventure spirit high and cap off a great day by catching the awesomeness of the Milky Way if the timing is right.

Bario, Sarawak

Residen Office Miri,

+6 085-427254

7-9 August

Rainforest World Music Festival

The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo.

Its formula of three afternoons of interactive and educational workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening performances on the main stage has proven to be a hit with the audience, who come from near and far.

The festival site is set up with a variety of food and drink stalls, an arts and crafts area as well as a counter for festival memorabilia, Sarawak souvenirs and CDs by the performing artists, thus contributing to a fun filled, wholesome festival experience for all. It is World Music festival extraodinaire set against the magnificient backdrop of the legendary Mt.Santubong.

The Rainforest World Music Festival, a not-to-be-missed occasion, guarantees a smashing time in the heart of the Borneo Jungle.


Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching Sarawak

Sarawak Tourism Board

+6 082-423600

24-27 September

Borneo International Kite Festival

This will be the 11th time, the kite festival will be held in this seaside town of Bintulu. The huge windy open space of the Old Bintulu Airport that faces the South China Sea means ideal consistent flying condition that kiters love. This also explains why four records of magnitude number of kites have been set since its inception in 2005. The latest being 2,500 diamond kites were flown, forming the longest arch kite tunnel of 500 metres which went into the Malaysia Book of Records.

Expect 400 kiters from 25 countries to participate at this festival.

Old Bintulu Airport

Residen Office Bintulu

+6 086-335881

25-27 September

Sarawak Regatta

This annual event is the showcase of boat race with participation from various government agencies, private sectors and also participants from the neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Brunei. Teams from villages around Sarawak make it a grand affair and also a great occasion for families from outside Kuching to visit the city. The blue-ribbon event is the coveted ‘Raja Sungai’ (king of the river) title in the ‘bidar’ category. Each longboat carries thirty paddlers and this category is always a closely fought affair.

The day programme includes “Brooke Swim”, kayaking and duck catching.  Other activities include displays of crafts, exhibitions and a food fair.

The significance of regattas in Sarawak dates back to 1872 during the James Brooke era. It started with the intention to stop racial wars among local tribes where headhunting was largely practiced. James Brooke then instructed all tribes to instead challenge each other by having boat races to prove their power and strength. The call to challenge each other through the boat race rather than headhunting was successful in bringing peace to the area.

The Sarawak Regatta takes place along the Sarawak River. The 1.3 km Kuching Waterfront provides ample vantage points to watch the action on the water.


Kuching Waterfront

Residen Office Kuching

+6 082 507051

10-16 August

10th Sabah International Folklore Festival 2015

Sabah Cultural Centre, Penampang

Sabah Cultural Board

+6 088 268460

16-20 September

Borneo Arts Festival 2015

Borneo Arts Festival is a gtathering of art lovers. It is an artistic programme that acts as a platform for visual arts and performance arts. This festival focus both on ethnic dance and music from Borneo. This event will give art lovers the opportunity to showcase their talents and encourages them to produce new artworks for the public who are presumably art lovers.

Labuan, Malaysia

Department of Tourism, Labuan Corporation

+6 087 408740

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