Each year, thousands of music lovers from around the globe make the annual pilgrimage to Sarawak for this unique event, which brings together renowned World Music performers from every continent with indigenous Bornean musicians for a 3-day celebration of music workshops and action-packed stage shows.
Voted among the top 25 international festivals for the sixth year running by preeminent world music magazine, Songlines, the event features a wide range of performances from traditional music, through to world fusion and contemporary world music, with empathis on the use of traditional acoustic world instruments. Key attractions include interactive musical workshops, jamming sessions, mini concerts, and of course, electrifying performances from internationally acclaimed musicians on the main each night against the dramatic backdrop of tropical virgin rainforest.
This year’s lineup promises to be truly spectacular, and sees a diverse mix of artists including Ghana’s Pat Thomas and the Kwashibu Area Band, South African guitarist, Derek Gripper, celebrated Chinese Indi Folk Band Shanen and Norwegian percussionist, Torgeir Vassvik sharing the stage with Malaysian sensations, 1DRUM.ORG and a host of other local performers.
But the event is more than just a celebration of World Music. At the Festival Village set amongst traditional Orang Ulu and Iban longhouses, you will find local artisans exhibiting and selling Borneo arts and handicrafts, Festival memorabilia, CDs by performing artists, cultural displays and souvenirs, as well as a great selection of food stalls where you can sample some of the delectable local cuisine for which Sarawak is rightly famous.
The Festival also represents great value, with 3-day tickets priced from only RM320 (around $130) for adults and RM120 (around $40) for children aged 7 – 12 years old.
So for a holiday with a difference and for your chance to witness some spellbinding performances in the heart of the Borneo jungle, book your tickets now for the not-to-be-missed Rainforest World Music Festival.