Month-long WAK all set to roll

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KUCHING: With over 70 events and more sign­ing up, What About Kuching (WAK) 2017 is all set for the in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates the arts, cul­ture and life­styles of the peo­ple of Kuching.

Its di­rec­tor Don­ald Tan said what is left to be done now is fine­tun­ing the pro­grammes, qual­ity of stag­ing, vol­un­teers and other mat­ters that need to be mo­bilised.

“We’re try­ing to get ev­ery­body pre­pared and to iron out rough patches. When the fes­ti­val is launched, it will be some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy rather than get stressed about,” he said after their fi­nal meet­ing yes­ter­day.

Tan added that one of their main con­cerns now is get­ting enough peo­ple and re­sources to stage and fund their many events.

The state gov­ern­ment is on board and is lend­ing sup­port, es­pe­cially Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts, Cul­ture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rah­man Hamzah and his min­istry.

“We still need help from pri­vate sec­tor mem­bers. We urge them to come on board, as we need their con­tri­bu­tion,” said Tan.

Groups are still com­ing on board with their events, so those who are still con­tem­plat­ing should take the plunge and sign up now. The eas­i­est way to help is to tell your friends.

“The per­form­ers are ready and look­ing for­ward to the fes­ti­val. One thing we can­not con­trol is au­di­ence. We need to go and reach out, get a bit of pub­lic­ity there. But shout­ing out to friends and fam­ily will go a long way to draw more peo­ple to our events.”

WAK 2017 cel­e­brates the arts, cul­ture and life­styles of the peo­ple of Kuching by cre­at­ing a plat­form to share the abun­dant tal­ent here and in Sarawak.

The month-long event (Sept 30 to Oct 29) will en­com­pass ev­ery genre from vis­ual to per­form­ing arts, tra­di­tional to con­tem­po­rary arts, and from static ex­hi­bi­tions to ac­tive out­door pur­suits.

To date, over 70 com­po­nents have been com­mit­ted by var­i­ous groups with more to come. Want to join the party? Send your pro­pos­als to info@aboutkuch­ing. com.

Know some­one who fits into what WAK 2017 is try­ing to achieve? Get in touch at info@ aboutkuch­ If pos­si­ble, in­clude con­tact in­for­ma­tion for the per­son or group you are sug­gest­ing.

For up­dates, like WAK 2017 on Face­book at http://­ing or fol­low them on In­sta­gram at @aboutkuch­ing. Check out hash­tags #WAK2017 and #aboutkuch­ing. Their web­site is aboutkuch­

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