Kuching festival returns all month in October


The What About Kuching Festival will take place in October with a diverse line-up of arts, culture and lifestyle events.

THE What About Kuching Festival (WAK2022) is back this October with a strong line-up of arts, culture, food and sports events.

Starting afresh after a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the month-long festival has attracted a large number of event organisers, artists and performers.

“At the close of submissions on July 31, we received 69 proposals from 59 participants for 111 events which include music, theatre, dance, arts and crafts, gastronomy, literature, sports and eco-based adventure activities,” said festival director Donald Tan.

“We are excited to see the level of support we are getting, not only in terms of numbers but also the quality of events.”

He said the organisers were now engaging closely with the participants in preparation for the festival.

“What About Kuching” was first held in 2017 to bring together the city’s creative communities to showcase their content.

WAK2022 will take place from Oct 1 to 31 as a community-driven festival of the arts, culture and lifestyle of the people of Kuching and Sarawak.

It is supported by the Sarawak Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Ministry, Kuching North City Hall, Kuching South City Council and private sector partners.

“Kuching will be brimming with exciting events and activities throughout October,” said Tan.

“We will have something for everyone and we hope visitors from outside Sarawak will find their way here for the festival,” he said.

He added that WAK2022 was an opportunity for visitors to experience Sarawak’s rich culture and heritage.

The festival’s final line-up will be announced in September.

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