AFTER a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the What About Kuching Festival 2022 (WAK2022) will be back this October as a community-driven festival of the arts, culture and lifestyle of the people of Kuching and Sarawak.
THE fourth edition of the festival marks a new milestone with a better-than-expected number of proposal submissions received from event organisers, artists and performers to participate in the month-long festival.
Throughout October, WAK2022 will feature a multi-genre programme centred in the city of Kuching and radiating outwards towards greater Kuching.
First organised in 2017, the festival is endorsed and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak (MTCP).
The WAK festival series founding festival director Donald Tan said at the close of proposal submission on July 31, WAK2022 received 69 proposals from 59 different collaborators covering 111 events of various genres including music, theatre, dance, arts and crafts, gastronomy, literary and culture, and not forgetting sporting events and eco-based adventure activities.
“We are very pumped up to see the amount of support we are getting, not only in terms of numbers but also the very high, world-class quality genres. We will now be closely engaging all collaborators to discuss further details and tighten the loose ends, so we are all fully ready.”
Tan said besides MTCP, WAK2022 has received great support from both Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara and Majlis Bandaraya Kuching Selatan.
It also received support from private-sector partners such as ECHO Premier Sound & Light, TVS, Hitz FM, Cats FM, tHe Spring Mall, Food Journal Sdn Bhd, Plaza Merdeka & Waterfront Hotel, Sara Resorts & Sara Urusharta Sdn Bhd and more, in providing the required logistical backup to ensure a successful festival.
According to Tan, Kuching will be brimming with lots of exciting events and activities throughout October, and this will be the best time to visit Kuching and explore Sarawak.
“We will have everything for everyone and will announce the final line-up in September. We hope visitors from outside Sarawak too will find their way to Kuching this October and set a date with WAK2022.
“Especially for those who had missed out on some of Sarawak’s most iconic events earlier in the year like the Rainforest World Music Festival and Borneo Jazz Festival, WAK2022 will be your best opportunity to experience and be immersed in our rich culture and heritage, while satisfying your craving for musical, theatre and fine arts performances as we present both the old and the new. Gastronomy will be a big part of the festival too!”
Find out more about WAK2022 at www.aboutkuching.com. Follow @aboutkuching on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on WAK2022. — by TMR / Pic source: WAK2022