The culture, craft and food based carnival ‘Taste of Borneo 2017’ commences today at Boulevard Mall’s open car parking compound and will end on Dec 3.
Organised by Sarawak Chinese Association in collaboration with Sarawak Islamic Information Centre and multi-cultural and multi religious groups in Miri such as Dayak Association Miri, Sikh Association Miri, Indian Association Miri, Malay Association Miri, Bisaya Association Sarawak, Kadayan Association Miri and Federation of Orang Ulu Associations Sarawak, Malaysia (Forum).
With Dato Hii King Chiong as advisor, the carnival aims to boost business and tourism activities in the city and to create a platform to promote and strengthen the bonds of friendship, unity and inter-racial and inter-religious harmony in Sarawak and Miri.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, invited as special guest-of-honour, is scheduled to launch the carnival at 6.30pm this Sunday. The organising committee led by Harry Lee Tian Song and Sarawak Chinese Association president Ting Pang Soon have also extended invitations to the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Consulate General of The People’s Republic of China in Kuching, Fu Jijun as special guests for the carnival’s special opening by the Chief Minister. Invitations have also been extended to Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau and Member of Parliament for Sibuti Datuk Ahmad Lai Bujang.
Besides the sale of local food, handicrafts and arts, various activities have been lined up for the 10-day carnival, including street dances, Borneo Mandarin Singing Contest, Borneo-Star Concert, Borneo National Dance Performance, Cheongsam Costume Contest, street musical performance and “Famous Multi-Racial Singing”, Mr Borneo Carnival 2017, Miss Model Recycle Clothing Contest, performaces by children and and many others. A ‘best decorated stall’ competition for stall holders offers RM1,000 cash for first-placed, RM500 for the second-placed and RM300 for the third-placed winners.
The calendar of events for the carnival is summarised below.