KUCHING: The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has been voted for the third consecutive year in 2012 as one of the top 25 Best International Festivals by renowned world music magazine, Songlines.
Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Datuk Rashid Khan said yesterday the event, now in its 15th year and held annually in Kuching, has no doubt been a contributor of tourist arrivals to the state.
“As the organiser of the festival to be held from July 13-15, we are pleased to note that this year tour operators from as far as Europe, Australia and Singapore are putting together packages to the festival and the destination,” he said in a statement.
According to the editorial team of Songlines, “selection of the festival is based on the broad representation of the quality and scope of music festivals around the world – from city-based events to ones in remote locations such as the RWMF in Sarawak and the Festival in the Desert in Mali.”
Among the festivals lauded are Africa Festival, Germany; WOMADAdelaide, Australia; Chicago World Music Festival, the United States; Essaouira Gnawa & World Music Festival, Morocco; and Forde Folk Festival, Norway to name a few.
Rashid said the RWMF brought dazzling performances from across the globe attracting more than 20,000 international and local festival-goers to the magical land of Borneo for three days of daytime music workshops and action-packed nightly shows.
Fans can visit www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com for more details. — Bernama