KUCHING: New elements will be brought into this year’s 17th edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2014 at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai about 40 km from here.
Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Datuk Rashid Khan said there would be an additional stage (theatre stage) for two bands to perform daily in the afternoon.
He said the afternoon performances would be held concurrently with the workshops being held in the various houses at the venue.
The festival is being held from 10 am to 12 pm for three consecutive days from June 20-22.
“A total of 23 bands comprising 16 international and seven Malaysian bands are lined up for the festival,” he told reporters after the launch of MyTeksi app here yesterday.
Rashid said its formula of afternoon informative workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, which precedes the evening performances on the main stage, would continue.
The festival is organised by STB and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Ministry and federal Tourism Ministry besides being endorsed by Tourism Malaysia.
Last year 22,190 people attended the festival.
Rashid said the festival, which was usually held in the second week of July, is being held early this year in view of the fasting month in July.
The Borneo World Music Expo held prior to the RWMF last year will continue to be held this year at a major hotel here. — Bernama