All eyes will be on Kuching as the host of this year’s Citrawarna Keluarga Malaysia. A collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) and the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak (MTCP), Citrawarna 2022 will be held at Kuching Waterfront and also Padang Merdeka.
Themed ‘Unity in Diversity’, Citrawarna is a colourful festival celebrating the very best of Malaysia: its people and culture. Held on February 24 to 27, this programme is aimed at promoting the diverse arts and culture of Malaysia as well as spearheading the reopening of the tourism industry.
There will be temporary road closures and traffic diversion along Jalan Main Bazaar and Jalan Gambier from February 18 to 25. The area will be completely closed on February 26 for the opening ceremony so the public is advised to park their cars along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Masjid Health Clinic car park, Jalan Khoo Hun Yeang car park, the Saujana Building and Reservoir Park.
One of the highlights of the event will be the Sape concert on February 27, which will vie for a spot in the Malaysian Book of Records for the most Sape players performing at one time.
Expect grand performances at Kuching Waterfont itself, atop a barge repurposed as a floating stage right next to the Darul Hana Bridge. There will be cultural performances galore, as well as performances from local legends, Datuk Jamal Abdillah, Dayang Nurfaizah and more, accompanied by stunning light and fountain shows.
There will also be all sorts of exhibition held during this programme, such as the Sarawak Craft Festival and interactive demonstrations from MOTAC as well as other government agencies.
Padang Merdeka will also be temporarily transformed into a food bazaar, complete with a large stage and local delicacies for all from February 24 to 27, from 10am to 11pm.
Citrawarna 2022 will be officiated by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob and graced by Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Sri Nancy Shukri as well as Sarawak’s Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts and Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development, Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
Come one, come all! We can’t wait to celebrate Malaysia’s diverse cultures with you this 24th!