Saturday, August 26, 2017

Simunjan Festival hopes to draw over 20,000 visitors this year

KUCHING: This year’s Simunjan Festival from Sept 29 to Oct 1, is expected to double the crowd in 2015, which registered 10,000 visitors.

What makes the Simunjan Festival 2017 unique is that participants from Brunei and Sabah are also taking part in the Sarawak Gendang Melayu competition held in conjunction with the festival.

During a press conference here yesterday, Simunjan assemblyman Awla Dris called upon the people in Serian and Gedong as well as Kuching, Samarahan and Sri Aman to join the three-day event.

“We target to draw 20,000 visitors to this year’s festival, to take place at the Batang Sadong Waterfront in Simunjan.

“Simunjan District has a population of nearly 40,000 people, the majority Malays at over 21,000 followed by 14,900 Ibans, 1,300 Chinese, and others,” he said after chairing a meeting here yesterday.

Awla said the festival would act as a platform for the people of diverse culture to mingle and promote mutual respect and understanding.

He added the event would also help to promote Simunjan District as a choice destination for tourists in Sarawak.