Rhythms of Borneo Event: A Celebration of Sarawak’s Rich Arts and Culture

Sapok (left) doing henna for a customer at the event

KOTA SAMARAHAN (Aug 6): The Rhythms of Borneo event at the La Promenade Mall is a beautiful opportunity to experience firsthand Sarawak’s rich arts, music, and culture.

The event, held over two weekends from Aug 5-6 and Aug 12-13, offers captivating workshops highlighting Sarawak’s culture and heritage, including dances, to visitors.

One of the event’s participants is Blackout Tattoo Studio, and they will be here throughout the entire duration doing tattoos with their artists Jona, Baxx, Wek, Lido, and Mark.

Apart from doing tattoos, they are also promoting their upcoming event Benua Borneo which will be held from Sept 29-Oct one at the Kuching South City Commission (MBKS) Hall.

(from left) Mark, Jona, and Wek of Blackout Tattoo.

Jona said that customers can choose from various tattoo flashes, but they can also request customized designs as all the participating tattoo artists are versatile.

“We can do traditional, neo, tribal, and other designs at the request of our customers,” he said.

Touching briefly on Benua Borneo, Jona said it is a tattoo convention that promotes traditional tattooing and will feature local and international guest tattoo artists.

Another vendor at the event is traveling henna artists from Sabah, Hennasapok, or ‘Sapok,’ who will be here in Kuching until October.

Sapok said he provides his services to those not keen on getting something permanent on their body.

“If they aren’t brave enough to get a tattoo, then maybe they can settle for a temporary one instead,” he said.

Sapok has been doing henna for 15 years, specializing in traditional henna designs. However, he also creates custom designs based on his customer’s requests.

The traveling henna artist has been traveling back and forth from Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, occasionally traveling to Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, and Johor Bharu to provide his henna services.

Aside from Rhythms of Borneo, Sapok will also provide his henna services at Kuching Food Festival and Karya Badan at Think and Tink.

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