North Borneo Rainforest Festival

2023 North Borneo Rainforest Festival

The North Borneo Rainforest Festival 2023 returns once again, and this time around, it will be held from 16-17 December at the Likas Jogging Complex & Jungle Skate Park in Kota Kinabalu.

North Borneo Rainforest Festival

For the fourth time running, this music festival is organised by Pertubuhan Kolektif Seni and supported by Tourism Malaysia.

This year's North Borneo Rainforest Festival's (NBRF) message or theme is about raising awareness for waste management in Sabah.

One of the highlights of this grassroots festival is the use of repurposing ghost nets into art installations. In Sabah, these nets continue to float in the ocean current, entangling marine wildlife and damaging reefs.

This community-powered event is divided into three elements;

  1. NBRF concert, which is the main stage highlight
  2. A line-up of exhibitors (made up of NGOs, arts activists, and government bodies)
  3. Tamu NBRF (a market featuring local artisans and entrepreneurs in Sabah)
Performers North Borneo Rainforest Festival
Performers for this year's festival.

Performers at North Borneo Rainforest Festival

This year's performers for the NBRF concert include;

  • Pertubuhan Pentas Eukarya Sabah
  • Rapot Sanggong
  • Tompuvan
  • Sekolah Indonesia
  • Suara Buluh Perindu
  • Dabra Sia
  • Tuni Sundatang
  • Diandra John Isobahtos
  • DJ Alveen Showtime

North Borneo Rainforest Festival

  • Date: Dec 16 and 17
  • Venue: Likas Jogging Complex & Jungle Skate Park, Kota Kinabalu

North Borneo Rainforest Festival Sabah
The event poster.


If you are in Sabah during the dates mentioned, check out the North Borneo Rainforest Festival 2024 at Likas.

Sabah is also home to the Sabah Jazz Festival, Sunset Music Festival, Borneo Music Festival and the KK Music and Dance Festival.

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