If you’re looking for more than just a sightseeing trip to Sibu, the best time to come is from July 18 –27, when Sibu’s biggest tourism event, Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) will be held. It is where both tourists and locals can experience Sarawak’s unique blend of cultures all in one place, through food, music, traditions and art. Here are 3 reasons why you should not miss this year’s BCF.
If you’ve already visited Sibu, paying a visit here again during BCF will give you a completely different experience. An exciting line-up of events and activities will be waiting, such as stage performances, beauty pageant, fun fair and trade shows, all set to take place at Dataran Tun Tuanku Bujang. Different ethnicities such as the Iban, Chinese and Melanau will conduct cultural activities at their designated pavilions for the public to partake. You will see a different side of Sibu like you have never seen before. And with free entry, why not?
Get to know the locals
Anyone who has been to the festival would know that people there are friendly to one another and would happily talk to strangers, whether they’re buying food or enjoying a live performance. BCF celebrates the “Beauty of Ethnic Diversity” of the Bornean Island, particularly the Sarawak community. It is the perfect time for tourists to mingle with Sibu’s culturally diverse community, made up of Iban, Orang Ulu, Chinese, Malay and Melanau, among others. Such cultural exchange will make for a trip worth remembering.
Food for the soul
Now that you’ve fed your soul with lessons on history and culture, it’s time to feed your tummy with delicious street food. The food stalls at BCF offer an abundant selection of delicacies such as satay, dumplings and pulut panggang (glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves). You might even get to try Sibu’s signature bread kong pia.