The second quarter of 2020 is a cultural extravaganza!
In April, Regatta Lepa Semporna, is an annual event paying homage to the lepa, a traditional single-masted sailing boat of the Bajau Semporna.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.