SARAWAK TO TELL STORIES THROUGH STREET ART MURALS AT MATTA FAIR KL THIS SEPTEMBER

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KUCHING, 2nd September 2022 – Sarawak is set to woo West Malaysians with its eye-catching booth concept featuring Sarawak’s famous street art murals incorporating elements of culture, heritage, people and nature in MATTA Fair KL 2022 happening on 2nd– 4th September 2022.

The creative and colourful mural paintings shown at the fair each carry a different theme and message of other destinations in Sarawak. Among the mural paintings showcased from Kuching are the ‘Symphony of The Tinsmith’ by famous Sarawakian mural artist, Leonard Siaw which portrays one of Kuching’s oldest disciplines, tinsmithing, during the early settlement of the Chinese in Carpenter Street and ‘Eight Orang Utans Mural’ by Lithuanian street artist Ernest Zacharevic, depicting eight young orangutans in a wheelbarrow.

Besides that, for visitors looking to know the backstory of Sibu, the booth will showcase the famous mouth-watering “Sibu delicacies” mural featuring Sibu’s iconic Gong Pia and Kampua Mee along a back lane near Market Road, “Wrapped Chicken and Duck” mural at Sibu Central Market which features a unique selling technique to wrap live chickens or ducks in tubes of newspapers among others. The creative murals were painted by Lau Sei Kwong and Lilian Tang Siu Hui.

“In Sarawak, street art is a growing trend which tells interesting stories of the people, culture, history and what makes them unique and diverse. We hope that by showcasing this creative art, it will inspire our friends from Peninsular Malaysia to visit Sarawak and discover Sarawak’s culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals. Essentially, this also reminds us of how important it is to practice responsible tourism for long term sustainability and conservation to preserve its heritage,”: said Suriya Charles Buas, Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Integrated Marketing Communications Divison of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).

“Sarawak tourism is on the right track to recovery with the growing confidence of visitor arrivals. We have a total of 703,891 visitor arrivals between January and July this year. In the spirit of domestic tourism, we invite our friends from West Malaysia to come and experience Sarawak’s beautiful offerings first hand. After all, Sarawak is just a stone throw away, “he added.

Aside from having a preview about Sarawak’s cityscape through street art murals, STB together with 8 other participating tour agencies will also be delivering a wide range of tour packages encompassing Sarawak’s culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals (CANFF) to offer West Malaysians or Expats residing in West Malaysia looking to experience one of Malaysia’s most exotic locations.

Among the unique attractions that the packages offer includes village cultural experience such as going for a Iban longhouse tour and stay in one of the various Iban longhouses to experience the culture and tradition of the Iban community, exploring Bengoh Dam known to be the “Jurassic Park” of Kuching, a hearty food trail adventures in Sarawak, a trip coastal villages in Bruit, Daro and Matu, or even a trip to the renowned Mulu National Park, a UNESCO Heritage site to have a grand view of the caves which bears a distinct resemblance to the profile of Abraham Lincoln and the infamous Pinnacles.

Additionally, visitors to the Sarawak Booth can also have the opportunity to experience and enjoy Sarawak’s soothing indigenous music with live performances by Sarawak’s legendary sape musician and vocalist, Jerry Kamit at a designated time. Visitors will also have the chance to participate in the Q&A sessions to win Sarawak’s limited-edition souvenirs such as Pepper Gift Bag, Sarawak Table Coasters and Borneo Organic Soap.

Visitors are welcome to come and explore the Sarawak packages available, at Sarawak’s booth at MATTA Fair at booth number 4046-4051 & 4070-4075 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).

For more information on Sarawak, find out more at www.sarawaktourism.com.