Rainforest World Music Festival 2015

Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival

The Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 is set to take place from 7-9 August at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong, Sarawak.

This time around, 14 world music bands from all corners of the world have been invited to perform at this unique music festival to be held in the rainforest of Borneo.

Rainforest World Music Festival 2015

The Rainforest World Music Festival or RWMF has also been recognized as 25 of the best international festivals to attend in the world by Song Lines Magazine. This amazing feat has also been awarded to the RWMF for 6 consecutive years since 2010.

The festival has also won many other awards over the years where some notable ones include the PATA Gold Awards, Aseanta Excellence Awards, and the Brand Laureate Award for Best Brand in the Asia Pacific.

Pictures of Rainforest World Music Festival
At last year's RWMF during the finale

The lineup for this year's Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 include musicians and bands from all corners of the globe which are in alphabetical order;

Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 Artist Lineup

• Alaverdi - Georgia
• Bargou 08 - Tunisia  
• Culture Shot aka La La Li La Tam Pong - Penang
• Driss el Maloumi - Morocco
• Enkh Jargal Dandarvaanchig Epi - Mongolia
• Kapela Maliszow - Poland
• Kobagi Kecak - Indonesia
• Korrontzi - Spain
• Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band - Australia
• Lindigo - Reunion Island
• Ndima - Congo
• Shooglenifty - Scotland
• Son de Madera - Mexico
• Sona Jobarteh - Africa

Apart from the music festival, there are many other activities available during the three-day event here.

Among the most popular ones is the music workshops that take place around the Sarawak Cultural Village in the day.

Workshop at the Rainforest World Music Festival
The RWMF outdoor workshop

RWMF Workshop Photo
One of the indoor workshops

At the Rainforest Music Workshops, visitors can learn and understand a little more about the various types of world music while at some workshops, you are taught how to dance or even play traditional and ethnic musical instruments.

Some even offer vocal workshops that seem to be a hit with the locals and foreigners who attend. 

There are also food bazaars that are placed at various locations of the festival grounds where you can savour local and international cuisines at a very reasonable price. Drink booths are also strategically placed around the cultural village too. 

For the culture and craft lover, booths are selling local ethnic crafts, musical instruments and even some doing temporary tribal tattoos.

For the jewellery lovers, a special craft bazaar is set up where you can find very beautiful Sarawakian jewellery among many other arts and crafts here.

Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 Photos
One of the bands performing at RWMF 2014

Each of the original ethnic houses spread across the festival grounds will play host to visitors by showcasing their way of life, food, craft, and even costumes.

While there are numerous ethnic and sub-ethnic tribes found all over Sarawak, the Sarawak Cultural Village showcases the main ethnic races of Sarawak which are the Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Penan, Orang Ulu, Malay and Chinese people.

When you are here in the day, you can visit each of these houses to learn about their individual cultures.

After all, the Sarawak Cultural Village is world renown as a Living Museum with actual people living in the many homes here.

Check out some of the videos taken at last year's RWMF 2014.

Rainforest World Music Festival
Date: 7-9 August 2015
Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Santubong
Tickets: RWMF Tickets


Early Bird
(Till the end of 31st May 2015)
Pre Sale
(1st June till 6th August 2015)
Door Sale
(7th – 9th August 2015)
Adult (1 Day Pass)RM90.00RM110.00RM130.00
Adult (3 Day Pass)RM250.00RM300.00RM340.00
*Child (1 Day Pass)RM30.00RM50.00RM60.00
*Child (3 Day Pass)RM85.00RM130.00RM160.00
Family package(2 Adult + 2 child tickets)
* Child age 7 – 12 years old

Tickets for the RWMF 2015 are available on the official website and these tickets are sold based on single or family passes.

There are travel agents that are selling packages which include tickets and hotel stays too.

For more detailed information about the event or musicians performing, you can visit the official Rainforest World Music Festival Website.

Aerial view of Santubong Sarawak
Santubong view from the sky - Images from Sarawak Tourism Board

Sarawak Cultural Village Aerial view map
Aerial view of the Sarawak Cultural Village and map of the houses

Please check on your hotel accommodations before booking your tickets as most of the hotels, resorts and guesthouses would be almost full by June or July.

If you should know, many visitors would be booking their tickets as early as 6 months ahead of the festival.

You can also check this article on Hotels in Kuching for RWMF as it lists down all the hotels around the event.

If you are here earlier or extending your stay, this list of What to do in Kuching may be of assistance to you.


Sarawak also plays host to the Borneo Jazz Festival in May at the resort city of Miri and is perfect for any jazz music lover.

For those going to the festival, enjoy responsibly, have an awesome time and remember to tag #RWMF in your social media photos.

If you see me there, do say hello to me, otherwise, see you at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015.

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