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The second quarter of 2020 is a cultural extravaganza!

Due to Covid-19, all events from the first and second quarter of the year are either cancelled or postponed until further notice.

In April, the Tamaha Food Race is back for the third time in 4th April! 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. And to celebrate the 102 year-old Sabah Tourism Board building, let there be light at the historical Gaya Street with Lampoopalooza on the 17th April.

Regatta Lepa
Regatta Lepa

While in Semporna, Regatta Lepa Semporna, is an annual event paying homage to the lepa, a traditional single-masted sailing boat of the Bajau Semporna.

Mabul Turtle Conservation
Mabul Turtle Conservation
Mabul Turtle Conservation
Mabul Turtle Conservation

From the 20th to 23rd April, join Borneo Divers’ crew to celebrate Mabul World Turtle Day and experience the journey of saving these magnificent marine creatures.

Tadau Kaamatan
Tadau Kaamatan
Kadazandusun men
Kadazandusun men

Starting from May to June there will be multiple cultural festivals celebrating our local tribes! In May, the annual Tadau Kaamatan Festival is held to preserve the cultural heritage of Kadazan, Dusun and Murut tribal traditions. Various cultural events, performances and competitions will be held. To further enhance the unity among the various ethnic groups in Sabah and of the Rungus tribe, Harvest Festivals are also held in the smaller districts such as Matunggong and Daerah Kecil Sook. In June, Sabah Fest returns.

Borneo Hospitality Challenge 2020 will be happening on the 30 – 31st May, it is the first culinary, food and beverage competition that is of international level being organized in the State. This prestigious event is organized by Borneo Culinaire Association Sabah & Sarawak. Various categories of competitions have been lined up from hot cooking, pastry display to latte art. This will be the international platform for participants from around the world to showcase their talent & creativity.

Double Six Memorial
Double Six Memorial

On 6th June, “Remembering Double Six” is an event to commemorate the ‘Double Six’ tragedy in which some of the State’s top leaders on board the GAF Nomad aircraft were killed in a plane crash on the 6th June 1976.

7th annual Turtle Week will be happening from 14-20 June. The event is dedicated to promoting reliable and FUN information about sea turtles in Sabah. Showcasing the pioneering work of Sabah in sea turtle conservation, particularly the work of the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and their Wildlife Rescue Unit, the event will feature the work of SJ SEAS’ Honorary Wildlife Wardens, volunteers gazetted by the SWD to work for protected species in Sabah.

Sabah Dragon Boat Race
Sabah Dragon Boat Race
Sabah Dragon Boat Race
Sabah Dragon Boat Race
Sabah Dragon Boat Race
Sabah Dragon Boat Race

To honour one of the most important festivals in the Chinese Cultural Calendar, the Dumpling Festival, the annual Sabah International Dragon Boat Race will be happening in Likas Bay on the 6-7th June. An event anticipated by sportspersons. Not only that, there will be two marathons happening in this quarter of the year which are the ‘Lest We Forget’ Run on the 24th April to commemorate fallen heroes during World War II and for the ones looking seeking a challenge, the Borneo International Marathon is back again in June!

Sabah Art Gallery
Sabah Art Gallery

For the arts, music and culture lovers, starting from April to July, established and known artists of the Sabah Art Gallery are invited to showcase their most recent artworks at the gallery. And on the 30th April and 1st May, coinciding with UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, the 2nd Edition of Sabah Jazz is happening at Likas Sports Complex. From May to August, a Headgear exhibition will be held to showcase a variety of male and female headgear from every ethnic group in Sabah.