Kuching Fest 2014 to be bigger and better
THIS YEAR’S THREE-WEEK long Kuching City Day celebration will be filled with various programmes sure to entertain the public from all corners of the city.
Themed ‘Kuching Festival – The People’s Festival’ held from Aug 1-24, the highlights for this year’s festivities are the Special Cultural Performance from Kuching South’s Sister Cities, Zhenjiang City from Jiangsu Province and Guro City from South Korea.
The cultural troupes will be performing and showcasing their cultural uniqueness August 1-3 from 8pm onwards.
“One of the highlights this year will be the hot air balloon ride. It will be launched tentatively on Aug 3,” said festival organising chairman Councillor Mohd Taufik Abdul Ghani. He added that the best time would be the sunset ride, where visitors can enjoy a bird’s eye view on the hot air balloon.
Apart from that, Astro will also be collaborating with MBKS in the Kuching Got Talent competition. Auditions will be held Aug 3, with the semi-finals on August 9 and finals on August 23. Entry forms can be obtained online here.
Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) will also be collaborating with MBKS to run the City Day Commemoration celebration on the August 1 from 8pm to 10pm and it is expected to be officiated by Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem.
Meanwhile, Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is expected to grace the Kuching Festival Street Parade on September 6 which will make its comeback after six years’ absence. The parade will run from 6pm onwards with its starting point at MBKS to mark the 26th Anniversary of Kuching City Day.
There will also be other interesting activities like Traditional Oriental Music performance (August 2, MBKS Auditorium, 7pm), Yuanji Dance performance (August 2, State Hockey Stadium, Jalan Padungan, 7pm), Folk Dance performance (August 3, State Hockey Stadium, 7.30pm), and CASH Martial Arts Display (August 16, State Hockey Stadium, 7pm).
Sports events will also be held during the festival including the Sports TOTO 3 on 3 Basketball Jamboree (August 3, MBKS Foyer, 7am), Mayor’s Cup Football Tournament (August 9 to September 7, Jubilee Ground Stadium), and Rugby Tournament finals (August 23, Song Kheng Hai Rugby Field, 4pm).
Besides that, Kuching Festival Fair will include the food fair, trade fair, nightly entertainment, along with Garden Show that will be held respectively at MBKS City Hall and Open Stage from Aug 1-24, 6pm to 11pm.
Kuching Festival is an annual event to commemorate Kuching’s being elevated to city status on August 1, 1988. For more information on the festival and its activities, log on to www.mbks.gov.my.