Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2024 to feature 3 nights of ethnic performances

Harry (front row, centre), Miro (front row, left) and others posing for a photo during the Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2024 press conference in the media room at the DUS complex on May 9, 2024

By Marlynda Meraw

KUCHING, May 9: The Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2024 at Batu Kawah New Township (MJC) will showcase three nights of ethnic performances featuring the Iban, Orang Ulu and Bidayuh from May 22 to 24.

According to Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep, he said that for three nights, visitors can truly experience the cultural performances presented by a different tribe every night.


He added that there will be a total of 180 stalls, with 45 halal stalls, 45 non-halal stalls, 35 handicrafts booth, three photobooths dedicated to Iban, Orang Ulu, and Bidayuh, and more.

“We wanted to have 300 booths, but 180 is the maximum we can have,” Harry said during the press conference held in the media room at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUS) complex today.

He added that tents will also be put up at the dining area with a food court concept where visitors can come to eat rather than doing takeaways.

“With the tents, we will not be worried about the rain or sun. This time, the businesses will be able to continue regardless of the weather,” he said.

Harry expressed his optimism for Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2024 to have approximately 30,000 people attending, stating that if Siniawan Night Market can have 10,000 attending, why not the bazaar.

“The bazaar is especially beneficial for those seeking new outfits for the Gawai (Dayak) celebration. They can stop by and purchase items at the Gawai Bazaar,” said Miro Simuh, deputy chairman of Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2024 and Serembu assemblyman.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas will be launching the opening ceremony on the evening of May 17 whereas the ceremony will be closed by Sarawak Minister of Education, Innovation and Talent Development (MEITD) Dato Sri Roland Sagah Wee Inn on the evening of May 26. — DayakDaily