Sunday, July 21

RWMF 2015 to rock Sarawak Cultural Village this August

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STB events and corporate relations director Angelina Bateman (left) and STB chief executive officer Datu Ik Pahon Joyik (fourth left) in a group photo with the performers.

STB events and corporate relations director Angelina Bateman (left) and STB chief executive officer Datu Ik Pahon Joyik (fourth left) in a group photo with the performers.

STB chief executive officer Datu Ik Pahon Joyik (centre), with renowned sape player Mathew Ngau Jau (right) who fronts ethnic Sarawak band Lan E Tuyang and another performer.

STB chief executive officer Datu Ik Pahon Joyik (centre), with renowned sape player Mathew Ngau Jau (right) who fronts ethnic Sarawak band Lan E Tuyang and another performer.

KUCHING: The 18th edition of the annual Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will be celebrated at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) in Damai near here this Aug 7 to 9.

World music lovers get to take part in musical workshops and jamming sessions held in the afternoon throughout the three days, while the nightly shows will feature ethnic and tribal music from across the globe.

The gathering of music enthusiasts has retained its unique appeal that this year, it has been voted among the top 25 international music festivals for six consecutive years by ‘Songlines’ – a renowned UK-based world music magazine.

This home-grown event, organised by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), is considered to be one of its kind in the region. For this edition, the festival will kick off at 2pm with concurrent musical workshops featuring various ethnic and near-extinct musical instruments; followed by simultaneous stage shows from 7pm till past midnight.

Apart from the music, visitors will be spoilt for choice at the Food and Village mart, which offers a delectable array of culinary delights, as well as arts and crafts set against a setting of Iban and Orang Ulu longhouses.

For updates on RWMF 2015, ticket purchase or list of ticketing agents, go to www.rwmf.net.

The annual festival is supported by the Tourism and Culture Ministry of Malaysia and Tourism Ministry Sarawak, with endorsements from Tourism Malaysia as well as Malaysia Airlines and Rip Curl Malaysia as event partners.