Sabah Fest – “A Celebration Of Sabah’s Natural Charms” To Be Held In 8 Locations!

Sabah Fest 2019

KOTA KINABALU, THURSDAY, 13 JUNE – Sabah Fest is set to be held at selected locations within the city of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, from 15 June to 7 July 2019.

Grand Launching

The official launching of the festival will be held on 15 June at Laman Seni, Lembaga Kebudayaan Sabah from 12:00 noon onwards and will feature a line-up of cultural activities including traditional craft-making demonstration, traditional food and handicraft exhibition, cultural bazaar, food trucks and more.

There will be a full cultural show including traditional dances from two indigenous cultural groups, namely from Kota Marudu and Semporna:

  • Persatuan Kebudayaan Kesenian Warisan Tobilung Sabah (Kota Marudu) Tarian Mongigol
  • Persatuan Simunul Semporna (Semporna) Tarian Igal Tabawan

A special appearance by Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2019, Francesca Esther Nain together with the top 5 Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan winners; as well as Unduk Ngadau Api-Api/ Miss Tourism 2019 Allysa Jimeh Palaman-Roman, and the winner of Sugandoi Kaamatan Dabra Sia Ying Ying and runner-up Eylia Eyre Guntabid are set to grace the stage at 9:00 p.m.

Sabah Fest Cultural Showcase

“Apart from nature and wildlife, Sabah’s rich cultural heritage plays a big role in our tourism industry and hence, a variety of ethnic dances especially from areas beyond Kota Kinabalu are included. We have selected a few venues in the city which is visible to the tourists and public to view the various traditional dances which will be performed during the Sabah Fest Cultural Showcase,” said YB Datuk Christina Liew, Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah.

Local and international tourists are able to enjoy traditional dance performances such as Sumazau Penampang, Igal-Igal Semporna, Dansa Cocos Lahad Datu, and Anggalang Magunatip. Details as follows:

  • 16 June, Sunday: Oceanus Waterfront Mall (5:00 PM)
  • 22 June, Saturday: Imago Shopping Mall (7:00 PM)
  • 23 June, Sunday: Centre Point Sabah (2:00 PM)
  • 29 June, Saturday: Kota Kinabalu International Airport (7:00 PM)
  • 30 June, Sunday: Suria Sabah Shopping Mall (1:00 PM)
  • 6 July, Saturday: Night Market, Gaya Street (7:00 PM)
  • 7 July, Sunday: Sunday Market, Lintasan Deasoka (8:00 AM)

Hello Sabah Photography Competition

Follow our Sabah Fest Cultural Showcase trail around Kota Kinabalu city and submit your best cultural photo compilation from each venue! Winners are able to win up to RM1500 cash prize. More information on

Sabah Fest is co-organised by:
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah
Sabah Tourism Board
Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd
Sabah Cultural Board

Supported by:
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia
Tourism Malaysia
Sabah International Convention Centre
Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara Sabah
Kraftangan Malaysia

Cultural Showcase venue sponsors:
Centre Point Sabah
Imago Shopping Mall
Kota Kinabalu City Hall
Malaysia Airport Berhad
Oceanus Waterfront Mall
Suria Sabah Shopping Mall

Other sponsors:
OYO Rooms Malaysia (Official Hotel Sponsor)
Life Water – K2 (Official Drink)
Hello Sabah (Official Media)
Inno Sabah Travel (Lucky Draw sponsor) (Accommodation sponsor)



About Sabah Fest
Sabah Fest was established since 1988. It is a celebration of Sabah’s rich and diverse cultures through traditional performances to complement the Harvest Festival month. This event is brought to the public by Sabah Tourism Board and is organised by its wholly-owned subsidiary Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

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