Prepare yourself for a spectacular month as we select some highlights for you this month. The Gimpuhut Foundation Festival will be held in Kudat and in Sandakan there is a memorial to remember the fallen heroes of the Australian and British prisoners-of-war (POW). More information on the highlighted events below.
9TH ANNUAL KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL
1 AUGUST – 15 SEPTEMBER
The Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival runs for six weeks and includes a number of events which includes which include music, dance, drama, films, comedy, opera, magic acrobatics, marching arts such as brass band and theatre. On side, the festival also held to develop talent and creativity in Performing Arts by providing opportunities for performances and workshops.
Organiser: Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS)
13TH KOTA KINABALU JAZZ FESTIVAL (KKJF)
2 – 3 AUGUST
A much-anticipated weekend of jazz featuring a line-up of local and international artists. The Jazz Festival is a fundraising event benefiting various charities in the state.
Venue: Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu
Organiser: Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu (SPArKS) and Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK)
Wordpower Sabah is the first literature festival for the people of Sabah is aimed at building their confidence and equipping them to compete in a corporate and international environment using English as the language for business and the arts. There will be training in writing, interview, presentation skills, talks from writers, readers, workshops, book readings, graphic novels, storytelling, drama and more.
Venue: Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
Contact: Sylvia Howe- email@example.com /Susan Bansin- firstname.lastname@example.org
6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 2019
14th – 16th AUGUST
ICAME is a biennial international conference organized for dissemination of current research on key areas of mechanical engineering. The conference theme is Engineering for Humanity. This is an opportunity to network with participants from other parts of the world including reputable speakers from USA, Japan, Korea, Germany and MARii.
Venue: The Pacific Sutera Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
THE GIMPUHUT FOUNDATION FESTIVAL
Travel North to Matunggong Town in Kudat to witness the Rungus Gimpuhut Foundation launching ceremony. The highlight of the competition is a charity dinner with the appearance of Rungus Gimpuhut (Rungus beauty queens). Other highlights include a traditional Rungus fashion show, photo and art exhibition, handicraft showcase, and various cultural performances.
SANDAKAN DAY MEMORIAL
Remember the fallen heroes of the Australian and British prisoners-of-war (POW) who endured notorious Death Marches from Sandakan to Ranau in 1945. A memorial is held on the 15th of August every year at the Sandakan Memorial Park, which was once the site of a Prisoners of War Camp. Families and friends from near and far gather to lay wreaths in honour of their loved ones.
Venue: Sandakan Memorial Park
Organiser: Sandakan Municipal Council and Sabah Tourism Board
On 31st August 1957, the Federation of Malaya States gained its independence from the British. Hence, this day is known as ‘Hari Merdeka’ or Independence Day. At the Sabah state level, a colourful parade will be held in downtown Kota Kinabalu City to celebrate the National Day. Selamat Hari Merdeka!
Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall
Venue: Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu