DIY for festival goers at upcoming Rainforest World Craft Bazaar


JUST FOUR STRINGS: A file photo from last year’s Rainforest World Music Festival at the Sarawak Cultural Village, showing a workshop on how to play the ukulele.

KUCHING: The Rainforest World Craft Bazaar (RWCB), which will be held from June 28, will not only serve up various interesting arts and craft but also exciting programmes for festival goers.

The three-day bazaar will include DIY (do-it-yourself) programmes to enrich the festival goers’ experience. These include pottery making, traditional game, craft weaving and carving and beading. Festival goers are welcome to try their hand at all these activities when they visit the bazaar.

Organised by Crafthub Sdn Bhd, the bazaar is held in conjunction with the Rainforest World Music Festival at the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) in Kuching. It offers a wide selection of both local and foreign art and craft which festival goers can bring back as souvenirs.

Twenty-seven vendors have confirmed participation, with each booth measuring three by three metres in size, located at the various ethnic houses around the Sarawak Cultural Village, thus giving festival goers a homely feeling when shopping for souvenirs to take home.

Festival goers will surely be spoilt for choice with art and craft that include jewellery, decorative items, batik and pottery. Visitors to the bazaar can try their hand at craft-making as there will be demonstrations by the vendors.

The crafts bazaar was first introduced at the Rainforest World Music Festival in 2008, to promote local art and craft to overseas visitors. Since then, the bazaar had created a name for itself, complementing the already popular music festival.

In previous years, RWCB had seen participation by exhibitors from India, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam and Philippines.

This year, the craft bazaar will also offer a good mix of exhibitors showcasing wider selection of handicrafts.