Grooving for animals

The World Animal Groove in Kuching is back, and it promises to be bigger and better this time around.

Bibi Kpoh.

What started out three years ago as an effort by the Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) to raise money for its increasing activities has matured into the fully fledged World Animal Groove (WAG) music festival. The festival is slated for October 25 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), during which animal lovers can come forward to support their furry friends and, at the same time, enjoy good music from various genres.

Held in conjunction with World Animal Day celebrations in October, WAG will see local and international bands such as Maya and Hydra Malaysia from KL, Mel and Joe from Singapore, and Jim and the Saucey Soul Band from the US and Indonesia. Country music fans can look forward to Mel and Joe, while those who have ears for soul, R&B and jazz will be entertained by Jim and the Saucey Soul Band. Local boys Maya and Hydra Malaysia will certainly rock the stage and deliver energetic performances. Malaysian comedian Bibi Kpoh will also be making an appearance at the music festival, returning for the third year due to popular demand from festival-goers.

Apart from the WAG music festival, other events organised by the SSPCA to raise funds include the Animazing Race, which will be held on September 28, and the Charity Gala Dinner on October 24.


Hydra Malaysia.

Jim and the Saucey Soul Band.

At the moment, the SSPCA is taking care of more than 200 mostly stray and abused animals at its shelter. The society needs about RM20,000 every month for upkeep and medical costs. Besides caring for the animals, the SSPCA is also working at looking for a new home for them. All animals will be given proper care and treatment before being put for adoption.

The shelter is now getting overcrowded, in addition to rising development surrounding the area. Hence, the SSPCA is looking at building an integrated purpose-built Animal Village, estimated to cost RM1.5mil, and hopes to raise as much from all its fund raising activities to achieve this dream.

Mel and Joe.

So this October, book your flights to Kuching, get your tickets to the WAG music festival and gear up for a groovy, fur-tastic time! 

Tickets to the festival are priced at RM60 for adults and RM30 for children (3-12 years old). You can purchase your tickets at For more information, contact the UCSI Communications office at +6082 368 109.

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