Sarawak Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2024 to be grand affair with 30,000 visitors expected


One of the vendors setting up their stall. – Photo by Roystein Emmor

KUCHING (May 15): The state-level Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2024 at the Batu Kawa New Township here is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors, says Dayak National Bidayuh Association (DBNA) president Datu Ik Pahon Joyik.

He said this would exceed the estimated 20,000 visitors who visited last year’s edition of the bazaar which was held at the Kuching South City Council compound.

Ik Pahon said he believes more visitors will visit this year’s Gawai Dayak Bazaar, which begins tomorrow until May 26, as the site is located at a major commercial centre and also surrounded by residential estates.

“I hope everything runs smoothly. The bazaar promises to be a spectacular and exciting event for all,” he said when met at the bazaar site today to check on the final preparations.

He also gave encouragement to the many vendors and traders who were busy setting up their stalls ahead of the big day.

The bazaar, featuring food, beverage and handicraft stalls, will commence at 2pm tomorrow until 11.30pm.

There will be a Zumba session at 3pm, and a concert featuring popular local artistes and bands which starts at 7.30pm.

The launching of the bazaar will take place on May 17 at 7.30pm, while the closing ceremony would be on May 26.

DBNA is the key coordinator for this year’s state-level Gawai Dayak celebration, of which the bazaar is one of the programmes.