So June has left us and we hope that you had a good Ramadhan month and are having an amazing Eid Mubarak celebration! Just don’t over-do-it with the rendang and kuih raya, alright? Besides visiting friends and relatives, and feasting during the Raya season, there are many other things to do and look forward to in the month of July in Sabah. So if you’re not sure what to do, here are some ideas!
This 4-week program will be held in five premises around Sabah under the Sabah Museum umbrella. The program highlights the colourful and rich heritage of Sabah which will be promoted through handicraft-making and informative workshops, and also a showcase of traditional games. Besides Sabah Museum’s Cultural Village in KK, the program will also be held at the Agnes Keith House in Sandakan, Agop Batu Tulug Museum in Kinabatangan, Keningau Heritage Museum and also at Mat Sator Fort Museum in Tambunan. So head to the nearest program location near you!
A month-long annual event that showcases the Rungus culture, the Magahau Festival includes the performance of the Mongingivit and Mongirik do Bambarazon rituals. Visitors are warmly welcomed with the Mongigol and Sumundai dance when they come to the event. There’s also other highlights in stored for visitors such as traditional sports like the Hontira, Monurizak (singing competition), Kiansamung and also the Rungus beauty pageant called the Mitarab Gimpuhut Momogun Rungus. It’s definitely an exciting way to experience the Rungus culture here in Sabah.
This special day celebrates the renowned American author of ‘Land Below the Wind’, Agnes Keith whose book tells the story of her life in Sandakan from the year 1934 to 1952. Visitors to Agnes Keith House, which is her former residence in Sandakan are given free entrance on Agnes Keith Day to learn more about the author’s life and history. So come on down to Agnes Keith House to celebrate Agnes Keith Day!
Head on up north to Matunggong Town located in the district of Kudat to celebrate the launching ceremony of the Rungus Gimpuhut Foundation. Some of the event highlights includes the charity dinner with appearance of the Rungus Gimpuhut (Beauty Queens) in their traditional attire. The ceremony also includes activities like a Rungus photo and art exhibition as well as a handicraft showcase, Gimpuhut photoshoots, charity concerts, Rungus Traditional Fashion Show, ceremonial gong-beating, traditional song and dance performances.
An event not to be missed by film enthusiasts and aspiring filmmakers alike! The Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival (KKIF) brings you various genres of films from all around the world in one place. There are also workshops and master classes open to the public for free during the program so go and check it out!
Women artists in Sabah are paid tribute to and recognized in the Sabah Women Painters Art Exhibition, and this is special because women in the creative industry in the state are given the exposure that they deserve to uncover and also introduce their incredible work to the public. The exhibition aims to encourage more women artists to take the opportunity to use the exhibition as a platform to showcase their work and be more active. Definitely something to look forward to for art enthusiasts.
In conjunction with the museum’s 52nd anniversary, the museum will be celebrating Sabah Museum Day from the 12th of July until end of the year, 31st of December! Visitors can come and visit the museum and participate in the many activities they have lined up. ‘The Story of Us All’ exhibition begins on 15th July and runs till the 31st of December and it is a visual collection of Sabah over the years. The ‘Diaries of GC Woolley:1907-1912 Volume III’ which recorded the life of the community here in North Borneo between 1913 – 1919 will also be launched on the 15th of July. So check it out!
The Tugu Budaya or World Youth Folk Dance Festival is where talented youths from all over Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia gather to showcase their dance. This platform is mainly open to primary and secondary school students and also performing during the festival are troupes from the BIMP-EAGA region.
11th Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival
21 – 22 Jul 2017 @ Covered Tennis Court, Sutera Harbour Marina Golf & Country Club, Kota Kinabalu
An anticipated annual event filled with fantastic jazz music and song! The Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival is a two-day event that brings you an amazing line-up of performances by international and local artists all on the same stage. The event is also held for a good cause where funds raised from the event will benefit various selected charities around Sabah.
Festival Kudat and Mobile Community Transformation Centre (CTC) program, Kudat
27 – 30 Jul 2017 @ Sidek Esplanade, Kudat
This festival is an annual event that showcases the beauty and authenticity of Kudat’s culture and tourism attractions. During the festival, head over to the Sidek Esplanade at the Kudat Town and participate in the activities they have lined-up including a local talent competition, cultural performances and shows, a dragon boat race, batik painting demo, tug of war competition and a grand fireworks display during the night. If you’re not from around town, why not stay the night in Kudat to enjoy all the festivities?
If you’re a fishing enthusiast and want to spend a relaxing and easygoing time doing what you love, head over to Tambunan for the Tambunan Fishing Competition. The competition will be held circuit-style for three days. The competition is organized by Tambunan Anglers’ Association with the co-operation from fresh water fish pond owners within the district.
Do you have a green thumb? are you gardening enthusiast? Then, visit the Sabah Agriculture Park in Tenom and enjoy its rich floral and agriculture heritage. There will be a flower sale, competition and games galore to participate in!
Note: This blog post will be updated from time to time with events/activities in the month of May.
For more info on events and activities, checkout Sabah Tourism’s website!