News — June 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Rainforest World Music Festival returns for 11th edition from 7 – 9 August

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The successful and award winning Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) held in the heart of the Borneo Jungle is one not to be missed. The three day festival, nestled within Sarawak’s Cultural Village features a wide range of performances from traditional music to world fusion and contemporary world music.
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Inaugurated in 2005 and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board, the festival is situated at the foot of the legendary Mount Santubong on the Damai Peninsular, approximately 35 km north of Kuching. Surrounded by lush nature, Rainforest World Music Festival usually features 18 to 20 acts from all around the world. The festival in the past has commanded close to 30,000 people over the weekend and is one of the largest festivals in Malaysia.

 

A variety of multi-cultural performances begin at night, set on two main stages against the backdrop of the serene Borneo Jungle. This year’s Rainforest World Music Festival will be featuring acts such as Alaverdi (Georgia), Kobo Town (Trinidad/Tobago), Driss El Maloumi (Morocco), Ndima (Congo Brazzaville), Korrontzi (Spain), Lindigo (Reunion Island) and Ukandanz (France/ Ethiphia) to name a few.

 

To further celebrate the diversity of cultures through music, Rainforest World Music Festival organizes interactive workshops and mini concerts throughout the day. The workshops, set in various traditional houses in the cultural village can be very fun for visitors to take part in. These are small intimate sessions whereby performers are often on eye level as audiences. Performers will normally sit with the audience to showcase techniques, explain their instrument and even answer questions regarding they’re music or instruments.

 

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One of the workshops held during the day that is certainly for all ages and is not to be missed is the drum circle by 1Drum.org. Drums and percussions of all shapes and sizes will be provided to create rhythmic beats and is a great way to meet like-minded people.

 

On top of that, the festival has a very relaxed atmosphere where you can see artists walking freely around festival grounds, allowing festival go-ers to easily communicate with them as there are no restrictions to it. Food and drink stalls as well as an art and craft area will be set up to bring out the creativity in visitors. Across the road from Sarawak Cultural Village lies Damai Beach for a nice relaxing stroll. Furthermore, in the vicinity lies Mount Santubong national park where visitors can challenge themselves with a hike up the mountain. Other activities around the area include watching the Irrawaddy Dolphins, crocodiles or fireflies.

 

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Early bird tickets have sold out but pre-sale tickets are still available at RM300 (US$80) for a 3 day adult pass. Various accommodation from a 5 star resort to camping sites for the more adventurous are available for booking, but due to the success of the festival, participants are advised to book early with some guests booking a year in advance.

 

Awards & Recognition

  1. Winner of the Heritage & Culture PATAGold Award 2006
  2. ASEANTA Excellence Award 2009 -Best Asean Marketing and Promotional Campaign
  3. The BrandLaureateCountry Branding Award 2012-2013
  4. Top 25 Best International Festivals by the magazine Songlines(2010-2014)