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The first quarter of 2020 is a feast for all, there will be events for the arts and culture enthusiasts, sportspersons, history buffs and food lovers!

Lion Dance at Gaya Street
Lion Dance at Gaya Street

To kick off the year we will be celebrating Chinese New Year! On the 11th January, at the Likas Sports Complex, Kota Kinabalu, more than 60 dance troupes will put on a dazzling performance of agility, and grace at The Chinese New Year Assembly of Dragons, Unicorns and Lions. The Chinese Cultural Village Exhibition will also be happening on the same day, fifteen Chinese communities will showcase traditional cuisines and teas.

Sabah Art Gallery
Sabah Art Gallery

For the arts and culture enthusiasts, we have exhibitions running from January to April such as the Motifs of Sabah organized by Chanteek Borneo Gallery, and the 17th New Talent Exhibition 2020, an annual show introducing new works at the Sabah Art Gallery. The 35th Sabah Annual Art 2020 state wide art selection program will also be running from 20th February to 31st July. To celebrate the unique arts and culture of the Murut Community, Pesta Kalimaran will be held on the 30th to 31st March in Tenom.

For the sportspersons, February is the month for you, we have multiple sport events happening such as the Ruhiang/Kiulu Adventure Challenge 2020, The Borneo Half Marathon making its debut on the 23rd February, and The 21st City Day Open Regatta, an annual sailing competition held at the Kinabalu Yacht Club.

For the history buffs, as we start off the new decade, let’s not forget the ‘Fallen Heroes’ of Petagas, a memorial service on the 21st January is held annually at the Petagas Memorial Garden to commemorate those who died during World War II. On the 2nd February, gather at the historical Merdeka Field to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Kota Kinabalu as a city! And to celebrate the 102 year-old Sabah Tourism Board building, let there be light at the historical Gaya Street with Lampoopalooza on the 27th March!

Tamaha Race
Tamaha Race
Butod (Sago Worm)
Butod (Sago Worm)

Food lovers take note, from the 12th to 15th January, the annual Chinese New Year Carnival will be held at both Lintasan Deasoka and Gaya Street, experience Chinese cultural performances and local delicacies! A must-not-miss local heritage and cultural event! Not only that, the Tamaha Food Race is back for the third time in March! This year there will be a wider variety of local and international dishes that define the term ‘tamaha’ which means ‘greedy’ in the Sabahan dialect.

To strengthen the commitment of the army towards the protection and security of Sabah by the 87th ‘Sambutan Hari Tentera Darat’ of Sabah will be happening from mid January to 2nd March all across Sabah! There are plenty of activities that will be held including Battle of The Bands, Army Tattoo Show, Activities to Welfare Centers, Army Master Golf Challenge and more. Come and join this merry event!