THE iconic Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is back in its 22nd consecutive year; bigger than ever and aims to attract over 20,000 festival-goers and tourists to the three-day culture filled event that ends tomorrow.
It is being held at Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching, about 50 minutes from the Kuching International Airport.
The RWMF 2019 celebrates diverse music genres, cultures and heritage; interactive participation in a host of music tutorials alongside arts and crafts workshops.
It is an event known to be one of the best among the 25 international festivals in the world, a family-friendly event for people to experience the living museum that preserves nature.
It is a getaway for music aficionados to soak in the beats of local indigenous and world-renowned musicians from different continents, while indulging the senses in nature.
The RWMF 2019 has newcomers from various countries, namely the Ainu people of Japan hailing from the snow-capped state of Hokkaido, the Nagaland people from northern India, performers from Canary Island, the spiritual and mysterious Bhutan, the islands of Mauritius and Jamaica, Estonia in Northern Europe and from life’s rich tapestry that is the West Kalimantan Dayaks.
It will have 39 bands with nine emerging bands performing on stage, 69 performances, 27 lifestyle and wellness sessions, and musicians from about 27 different nationalities.
While gathering to celebrate nature, culture and music, Sarawak sets itself apart by showcasing the state in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way by emphasising preservation.
There is a no-plastic ruling banning all plastic water bottles throughout the festival.
Other festivals happening is the Borneo Jazz Festival from July 19 to 21.
This annual event is in its 14th year, running as one of the longest international jazz festivals in the region.
It will feature a stellar line-up of traditional and contemporary jazz genres from acclaimed local artistes and from overseas such as from Italy, Mexico, Austria, Japan and the US.
The Borneo Jazz Festival will have 15 bands and DJs in Miri’s lifestyle and entertainment place called Coco Cabana in Marina Bay.
Outreach programmes for emerging musicians, one of whom will be present during the event, will give a chance to finalists to perform and compete at the Borneo Jazz Festival and stand a chance to win a total prize giveaway of up to RM11,000.
The festival will showcase the mythical island of Borneo and promote tourism for Sarawak on a larger scale, not forgetting the addition of exotic cuisines and indigenous arts and crafts.