Visit Sarawak: Three Festivals One Destination to start in July

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File photo: Mathew Ngau Jau and Asang Lawai of Lan-E Tuyang perform at the Rainforest World Music Festival, Sarawak Cultural Village on July 11, 2009 in Santubong, Sarawak. Image: Shutterstock

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Pack your bags festival goers! Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is set to have three festivals happening this July; Rainforest Fringe Festival, Rainforest World Music Festival and Borneo Jazz Festival.

The month-long festivals will kick off with Rainforest Fringe Festival on July 2 until 12 to be held in Kuching, bringing the best of Sarawak’s arts, handicrafts, heritage, culture and food.

The 10-day festival’s main attraction this year will be the “Lembaran Emas”, a fashion show featuring Sarawak’s Songket and Keringkam that are designed by Malaysia’s very own Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi and Tanoti House, in collaboration with other emerging textile artisans.

At Adau performing songs during the Sarawak Tourism promo at the High Commission of Malaysia recently. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Following the Fringe Festival will be the much-anticipated Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) returning for its 22nd edition.

The annual three-day music festival is slated to take place from July 12 -14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching.

“We are targeting the maximum capacity of 24,000 festival goers for these 3 days. The festival caters to people of all ages; from the young school children to the seniors where there will be jamming session with a night concert set in the nature of rainforests in the background,” said STB’s CEO Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor, in a speech held at the Malaysian High Commission in Brunei.

CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board, Puan Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor, delivering her welcoming remarks during the Sarawak Tourism promo at the High Commission of Malaysia recently. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The RWMF 2019 will introduce the Indigenous Stage where it will feature traditional bands and groups showcasing their unique tribal culture.

Over 200 performers from more than 30 countries will be erupting the stage throughout the three-day festival, perfect opportunity for festival goers to watch first time performances from countries such as Nagaland, Bhutan, Canary Islands, Mauritius, Estonia and Indonesia.

Tickets for RWMF are available for purchase at rwmf.net

One of the performances during the previous Rainforest World Music Festival. Image courtesy of rwmf.net

Moreover, worry not if you were not able to attend the festivals in Kuching. The nearest event that Bruneians can go is the Borneo Jazz Festival taking place on July 19 until 21 at Coco Cabana, Miri.

The 14th Borneo Jazz will bring you blues, hip hops, classical, funky, soul, R&B music performed by international artists from USA, Japan, China, Netherlands, Mexico and Malaysia.

“Today, we proudly open this invitation to all Bruneians to join us the music merry making, something that is different from other musical event but with a touch of class crafted by Sarawakians,” said the CEO.

Visit their website www.borneojazzfestival.com for more information about the event and ticket sale.

A guest looking at a brochure for Rainforest World Music Festival during the Sarawak Tourism promo at the High Commission of Malaysia recently. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian