Sunday, June 16

‘What About Kuching 2017’ promises action-packed events


Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (third left) is seen following the recent official media launch of WAK2017. From left are WAK 2017 festival directors Marina Foo-Tan and Donald Tan, while at right is Kuching North City Commission commissioner Datuk Wee Hong Seng.

KUCHING: What About Kuching (WAK) 2017 is promising an action-packed programme from Sept 30 to Oct 29 with the aim to ‘Celebrate Arts, Culture and Lifestyle’.

WAK 2017 will encompass every genre from visual to performing arts, traditional to contemporary arts, and static exhibitions to active outdoor pursuits.

To date, over 20 components have already been committed by various groups.

The first will be the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival 2017 on Sept 29-30 at The Waterfront, Grand Margherita Hotel.

The sold-out Asia-Link Sketchwalk: Kuching 2017 on Oct 5-8 is expecting around 250 delegates from Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam and India.

The Borneo International Beads Conference 2017 will take place from Oct 13-15 at the Old Courthouse, while the Sarawak Adventure Challenge – The Lost Mines will take adventure seekers through a scenic 55km route via mountain biking, trail running, and caving through the rainforests, rivers and caves that surround Bau.

Throughout October, The Museum Cafe and Shop will run the ‘Sharing My Passion – About Kuching Series’ every Wednesday for artists, artisans, travellers, dreamers, and enthusiasts of all sorts to share their passions.

The heart of WAK 2017 will be along the Kuching Waterfront, radiating outwards to encompass the city centre and both sides of the river.

Those with events can send proposals to [email protected]

WAK 2017 can be found on Facebook and Instagram, as well as through the hashtags #WAK2017 and #aboutkuching, or visit at