What About Kuching 2022 returns with strong arts and culture line-up

The annual What About Kuching Festival (WAK2022) will break out of its two-year pandemic-induced hiatus with a fourth edition this October.

Endorsed and supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak, WAK2022 has seen strong support from potential programme collaborators.

WAK2022 is a community-driven festival of the arts, culture and lifestyle of the people of Kuching and Sarawak; pictured The Possibility 2.0 Magic Show & Workshop by The Cartisan

Donald Tan, founding festival director of the WAK festival series, said: “At the close of proposal submission on July 31, WAK2022 received 69 proposals from 59 different collaborators covering 111 events 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 are very pumped up to see the amount of support we are getting, not only in terms of numbers but also the very high, world-class quality genres. We will now be closely engaging all collaborators to discuss further details and tighten the loose ends so we are all fully ready.”

WAK2022 is expected to bring a variety of events and activities to Kuching throughout October, making the Malaysian city and the larger Sarawak state even more exciting for visitors.

The final line-up will be announced in September.

Tan hopes WAK2022 will entice visitors who had missed out on some of Sarawak’s most iconic events earlier in the year, such as 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,” he added.

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