|1 January||2016 New Year||
|15 January||SCV's 26th Anniversary||
|8 & 9 February**||SCV's Chinese New Year Open House||
|29 - 30 April & 1 May||World Harvest Festival||
|1 & 2 June||SCV’s Gawai Open House||
|6 & 7 July*||SCV’s Hari Raya Open House||
|5, 6 & 7 August||Rainforest World Music Festival 2016||
|16 September||Malaysia Day||
|25 December||SCV's Christmas day Celebration||
The World Harvest Festival 2016 (WHF 2016) in conjunction with Gawai, is an ethnic festival that is one of the highlights of the Gawai Dayak celebrations. In its 18th year, WHF is not only synonymous with the festivities of the Dayaks, but has come to encompass of other ethnic groups in Sarawak as well as the tourists, to help reflect the true Malaysian spirit of the people. The event is once again organised at the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) from 29th – 30th April and 1st May 2016. This ideal venue helps bring both locals and foreigners to experience together the Sarawak culture.
The WHF was established in line with Ministry of Tourism Sarawak (MOT) objective to position as an international event on its tourism calendar. The WHF provides the opportunity for the non-Dayaks to understand the cultures, traditions and aspirations of the Dayak community, all within the event. The amount of the awareness and interest created by this festival promises the benefit both the public sector and the tourism industry.
Among the many highlights of the WHF cultural event is the theme play. Last year it was based on the Iban legend, “Kumang”, and this year it will be on an Orang Ulu legend called “Dayang Bulan – The Moon Princess”. What is unique about this theme play is that the whole Village become the stage, and the entire play promises to overwhelm the guests in audio and visual splendour. The staging of “Dayang Bulan – The Moon Princess” will be scheduled on 30th April 2016.
Another highlights of the festival is the ethnic beauty pageant “Miss Cultural Harvest Festival 2016”. This beauty pageant revolves around the Orang Ulu community theme. This year fifteen beauties will vie for the coveted title. This ethnic beauty pageant will never fails to add colour and vibrancy to the festival. The finalists will compete in “Miss Talent Cultural Harvest Festival 2016” on 29th April 2016 and the grand final will be on 30th April 2016. Last year winner of the ethnic beauty pageant was Miss Jean Seymour anak Harry, an 18 years old Iban lass.
As always the Harvest Festival or Gawai is celebrated on a grander scale with the participation of cultural troopes from other countries. This is evident in the International Cultural Concert, with day time workshops. A series of joint workshop by the locals and the invited troupes will be held during the 3 days 2 nights festival. This is the ideal time for the visitors to have the opportunity to learn about each community’s traditions and cultures.
For those who want to prove their manly prowess, there is the Ironman WHF 2016 competition. This is the another highlights to the festival that involves 15 finalists who needs to exhibit ‘superhuman’ strength in tackling the traditional based activities like blowpipe shooting, coconut dehusking, 50kg gunny rice lifting, wood chopping and mountain climb. Last year, Encik Juri Ammirullah emerged as the champion.
Also featured during the 3 days 2 nights festival the festival are Sarawak Ethnic Kitchen Master Chef: Cooking Competition and Sarawak Craft Bazaar.
The WHF promises to be the fun-filled event for the young and old. Bring along your loved ones and make this an affair to remember. What awaits you is a cultural extravaganza like no other. Tickets are sold at RM60.00 per person. For more information, do contact our SCV staff Pn. Grace or Pn. Arnida at 082-846411 / 846108.
The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo.
The 3 days festival is held at the Sarawak Cultural Village, a living museum where the traditional habitats of Sarawak's major ethnic groups have been lovingly reproduced. Set amid lush rainforest greenery at the foothills of jungle clad Mount Santubong, and a stone's throw away from the beach resorts of the Santubong peninsula, the village provides the ideal venue for this festival that celebrates nature, ethnic music and the indigenous cultures of the world.
For more information, visit the RWMF Website! www.rwmf.net