KUCHING: The Sarawak Tourism Board is for the first time ticketing the launch of the Rainforest World Music Festival.
The launch, which will be held on July 12 at the Sarawak Cultural Village, is a chance for festivalgoers to meet in person, have an autograph or grab a photo with the international and Malaysian bands present.
Tickets for the night are priced at RM80 inclusive of dinner. However, for those who just wish to watch the opening show, tickets are priced at RM30.
The launching ceremony and dinner will be held at Dewan Lagenda, Sarawak Cultural Village near here, followed by the opening act by Raiz De Cafezal from Brazil and Rhythm of Borneo from Sarawak.
The full lineup for RWMF this year will be Oreka TX (Spain) Hata (Malaysia/Korean/Turkey/Taiwan), Mamadou Diabate (Mali/ Burkina Faso), Danyel Waro (Reunion Islands), Kanda Bongo Man (Congo), Khusugtun (Mongolia), Le Trio Joubran (Palestine), La Zikabilo (France), Raiz De Cafezal (Brazil), String Sisters (Scotland/Ireland/Sweden/Norway/USA), Cankisou (Czech Republic) Zee Avi (Malaysia/USA), The Diplomats of Drum (Malaysia), Rhythm of Borneo (Malaysia), Samuel Dass & Prakash (Malaysia) and The Music of Sarawak (Sarawak).
The Rainforest World Craft Bazaar (RWCB) will also be held alongside the Rainforest World Music Festival at the Sarawak Cultural Village and features prominently as an important fringe event.
The bazaar promises to be even better than previous years with a greater variety of arts and crafts and participation from Sabah, Terengganu, Selangor as well as from countries as far as Uzbezkistan.
More information and tickets for the festival are available at www.rwmf.net