Saturday, 15 June 2019

Bigger, better music festival

KUCHING: The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) returns next month for its 22nd edition, which promises to be bigger than ever.

Held at the Sarawak Cultural Village from July 12 to 14, the festival aims to attract over 20,000 visitors for three days of music, arts and culture.

It has lined up 39 local and international acts this year, including first-time performers from eight countries and cultures which have never been represented before. These include the Ainu from Japan, the Nagaland people from north India, Dayaks from west Kalimantan, Bhutan, the Canary Islands, Estonia, Jamaica and Mauritius.

“RWMF 2019 is a not-to-be-missed festival as it accentuates the richness of celebrating diverse music genres, cultures and heritage.

“It also offers interactive participation in music tutorials and arts and crafts workshops,” organiser Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) said.

Besides the evening concerts with various bands performing on stage, there will be day-time percussion tutorials and music workshop, along with lifestyle and wellness sessions, crafts display and culinary offerings.

This year’s festival will also emphasise environmental-friendly and sustainable initiatives, including a no-plastic ruling to encourage festival-goers to bring their own reusable water bottles.

RWMF 2019 will be preceded by the Rainforest Fringe Festival fromJuly 5 to 12 and Borneo Jazz Festival from July 19 to 21.

For more information and pre-sale tickets, go to
-thestar online.

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