WAK2022 in October

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KUCHING: The fourth edition of What About Kuching Festival (WAK2022), a month-long event, to promote culture, lifestyle and the arts has received 69 proposals from 59 different collaborators covering 111 events.

Founding festival director of the WAK festival series, Donald Tan said the proposed events consisted 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 have received a better-than-expected number of proposal submissions from event organisers, artists and performers to participate in the festival at the closing of proposal submission on July 31.

“We will now be closely engaging all collaborators to discuss further details and tighten the loose ends so we are all fully ready. We will announce the final line-up next month,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Kuching, he said, would be brimming with lots of exciting events and activities throughout October and this would be the best time to visit Kuching and explore Sarawak, 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!”

Tan also expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak (MTCP) as well as its Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah for his unwavering support towards the festival.

WAK2022, he said, has received great support from Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) and Kuching South City Council (MBKS) and the many 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.

WAK2022 will be happening throughout October 2022 as a community-driven festival of the arts, culture and lifestyle of the people of Kuching and Sarawak, filled with a multi-genre programme centred in the city of Kuching and radiating outwards towards greater Kuching.

WAK first started in 2017 when a team led by the founding festival directors Donald and Marina Tan instigated the numerous communities in Kuching City to come together to stage their respective contents under a common festival umbrella coined as ‘What About Kuching – Celebrate Arts, Culture & Lifestyle”, now better known as WAK, a festival ‘by the community for the community’.

Find out more about WAK2022 at www.aboutkuching.com. Follow @aboutkuching on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates on WAK2022.

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