Rainforest World Music Festival 2011 in Sarawak will be held from 8-10 July and is one of the worlds most unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from around the world and indigenous musicians from the interiors of Borneo. This incredible show that has been running for over 10 years has attracted many music lovers from the world over to the Land of the Hornbills. A much sought after event by many, bookings have to be done in advanced as those who come here on the last minute will find themselves without lodging and end up camping in the area of Damai.
The music festival site also sets up a variety of food and drink stalls, an arts and crafts area as well as a counter for festival memorabilia, Sarawak souvenirs and CDs by the performing artists. Not your regular Woodstock but the experience of a festival in the middle of a rainforest is something definitely worth attending in this part of the world.
Currently there are 21 bands that have been confirmed for the Rainforest World Music Festival which are;
- Agungbeat from Sabah, Malaysia
- Startijen from France
- Pacific Curls from New Zealand
- Mamak Khadem from Iran
- The Blue Canyon Boys from USA
- Lisa Haley & Zydecats from USA
- The Shin from Georgia, Eastern Europe
- Ikswew from Canada,
- Frigg from Finland
- Malick Pathe Sow from Senegal
- Victor Valdez Trio from Mexico
- Duoud from Tunisia/Algeria
- Ilgi from Latvia
- Kissmet from India/UK
- Paddy Keenan Trio from Ireland
- Leweton Women’s Water Music from Vanuatu
- Joaquin Daz from Dominican Republic
- Kamernga from Australia
- Kamafei from Italy
- Kenge Kenge from Kenya
- Warsaw Village Band from Poland
Show times for the bands during the three days.
Finale at the RWMF in Kuching
For those who have yet to book the Rainforest Music Festival tickets, I suggest you do so quickly as they have a promotion online currently. (see tickets below). The other concern would be the accommodation in Kuching as during this weekend, the entire city will be out of rooms. From luxury hotels right till guesthouses will be fully booked. Most of the regulars would book a year in advance for this event.
One of the workshops in the main hall
What happens at the Music Festival?
With a line-up of 21 bands playing a diverse range of world genres, the festival is featuring 7 different acts per night over 3 nights not including some of the special shows on the last day. Explore the Cultural Village to find the various performances for the three days.
Workshops at the Rainforest Music Festival include afternoon informative sessions, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts throughout the many unique ethnic homes at the cultural village, followed by evening performances on the main stage area.
Food and Village Mart
The Food and Village Mart is filled with interesting local Sarawakian foods, crafts, interesting souvenir items and international food and drinks. Not forgetting the famous Heineken Beer which is one of the main sponsors here. More than 30 stalls will be available throughout the cultural village.
You can be assured that the Rainforest World Music Festival store will be filled with RWMF merchandise. Available are souvenir t-shirts or your favourite artist CD which you can even get signed from the various artist during the workshops.
Once you are at the Cultural Village, you will have the best opportunity to experience the lifestyle, culture and heritage of the local ethnic tribes found throughout Sarawak which are;
Workshop held at Iban Longhouse
Where and When is the Rainforest Music Festival?
- Date: 8-10 July 2011
- Time: 10am - 12 midnight
- Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Santubong, Kuching
- One Day Pass - RM110 (Adults), RM55 (Children)
- Three Day Pass - RM300 (Adults), RM150 (Children)
- There is a promotion for buying early tickets, please check website
Where to buy tickets for the Rainforest Music Festival?
- Online Tickets from TicketCharge
- Tour and Travel Agents in Sarawak
- TicketCharge Hotline: +603-9222 8811
No 42A-1, Jalan Metro Pudu,
Fraser Business Park, Off Jalan Yew,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Official Website for Rainforest World Music Festival
All photo credits to Suchen SK of www.suchens.com
For further information about Rainforest World Music Festival 2011, please contact;
Sarawak Tourism Board
5th - 7th Floor, Yayasan Sarawak Building
Jalan Masjid, 93400 Kuching
Phone : +6082-423600
Fax : +6082-416700
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.sarawaktourism.com
I have yet to experience this event and the many times that I have visited Kuching and the Sarawak Cultural Village, I was always a month late or a month too early. Never on the spot but it has always been due to my work schedule. Anyway, for this year if things work out well on my timings, I hope to attend the Rainforest World Music Festival 2011 in Sarawak. Date: 8 -