20th Rainforest World Music Festival At WOMEX 2016

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is presenting the 20th installment of its annual event, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) in World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain from October 20-23.

The RWMF will be celebrating its 20th edition next year at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai, on the 14-16 July, with plans on making the Festival celebration bigger than ever.

With the interactive afternoon workshops, the audience has the opportunity to learn, understand and play the indigenous musical instruments from the performers during the day and later on witness and appreciate its beauty during the nightly performances.

As a supporter of all ethnic arts, including the culinary arts, festival-goers are able to taste a variety of local and fusion cuisine from the Village Food Mart.

They will also be able to buy local beaded, woven, painted or carved handicrafts or witness their creation, or even get a traditional hand-tap tattoo at the nearby Tattoo Expo.

The festival, one of its kind in the region, has attracted over 20,000 returning foreign and domestic attendees and has been awarded Songlines’ Top 25 Best International Festivals award six years in a row since 2010.

Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) said, “We want to stage the uniqueness of world music by bringing in performers from other parts of the world and also to showcase our own ethnic music and to provide them with an opportunity to perform amidst international bands.”

“More innovative ideas are already in the works for our coming 20th Rainforest World Music Festival next year.” said Angelina Bateman, Director of Events & Corporate Relations of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).

While the performance plans remain a surprise, the Board’s efforts in publicising the Festival are not, with promotions happening at various tourism and travel trade fairs around the world such as ITB Asia in Singapore, World Travel Mart in London, Taipei International Travel Fair in Taiwan and the Asian MICE Forum in Taiwan.

The Festival encourages the appreciation of ethnic art and music from around the world, as well as new interpretations and integration of those arts within modern expression, and it is now brining these values to the world stage.

Updates on the Festival as well as tickets can be found online at the Rainforest World Music Festival official website, www.rwmf.net.

This event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (MTAC) and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia with Malaysia Airlines Berhad as the presenting sponsor.

Photo shows Maurice Balang (middle) and Sarren Michael (right) of STB having discussion with one of the bands manager
Photo shows Maurice Balang (middle) and Sarren Michael (right) of STB having discussion with one of the bands manager

 

Buso To Be A Heritage Town

The century old Buso bazaar and its surrounding village will be another heritage attraction for the State.

Located about 45 minutes’ drive from the city centre, the attractions include wooden structure shop houses and a typical river boat ride connecting the town from the main road.

Buso town is of historical significance, of which among others, it was a place of refuge during World War II.

The town is mainly populated by a mixed racial composition of Chinese, Malays and Bidayuh communities.

Photo shows Kampung Seberang Buso – a Malay village across Sungai Sarawak Kanan.

Photo credit to Borneo Post.

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Another Bundle of Joy

The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre once again received an overwhelming news by having a second bundle of joy, a baby orang utan. The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) announced that the 12-year old mother, Selina showed up at the feeding platform in the afternoon of October 9 with her first offspring. She was last seen on October 2 and she was seen with a male baby clinging onto her.

On September 16, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre has earlier welcomed a new member of a baby orang utan whose mother is Analisa.

With the two new born, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre now has 28 orang utans with 17 were born at the centre.

The centre is open for a visit during the morning from 9am-10 am and afternoon 3pm-3.30pm.

Photo credit to Borneo Post
Photo credit to Borneo Post

Meritorious Service Medal For Sarawak Tourism Board Staff

Sarawak Tourism Board’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mary Wan Mering and Director of Marketing Benedict Jimbau have recently been awarded the silver Meritorious Service Medal by the state of Sarawak.

The award is one of four Civil Administration Medals awarded to those who have rendered exceptional services to the state or Federal Government of Malaysia’s Civil Service.

Mary Wan and Benedict Jimbau have shown unceasingly exemplary service to the Sarawak tourism industry through their efforts in the Sarawak Tourism Board and promise to continue to do so.

Fort-To-Fort Trail: A Cycle Through Sarawak’s History

In a new Borneo cycling itinerary, the “fort-to-fort” project and trail has been developed by the state’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MTAC) and organised by Paradesa Borneo, to identify a heritage route six out of 20 forts, linked to the legacy of the Sarawak White Rajahs from over 105 years ago.

The bike trail, marketed as “Cycling the Heardhunter’s Heartland”, follows the trail from Kuching to Batang-Ai, exploring the heartland of the legendary Dayaks along the way.

Once feared as the Headhunters of Borneo, the Dayaks are known for their fearlessness and their daring battles with the White Rajahs, leading the Rajahs to build a string of forts to defend their territory.

Paradesa Borneo, the organisers of this new bike trail, is an adventure travel company that specialises in cycle tours throughout Sarawak with 16 unique bike tours under their belt, ranging from short half-day trips through city heritage sites as well as cross-country cycling adventures such as the Fort-to-Fort trail.

The adventure travel company also offers kayaking, caving and hiking tours around Sarawak in addition to its core products for cycle tourists.

For more information:
http://sarawaktourism.com/itinerary/headhunters-heartland-bike-7d6n/

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Photo Credit Paradesa Borneo



Orang Utan Naming

The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre is calling out to the public to propose names for the three-week-old Orangutan baby born on September 16 at the centre, located roughly 20km from the capital city of Kuching.

“Orangutan do respond to their names but we have yet to decide on the name. They are 90 per cent similar to humans, so they know when we call them by their names,” the centre’s manager Chong Jiew Han mentioned.

Chong added that the baby’s gender has not been determined, as the protective mother has kept out of sight and reach these past few weeks, therefore those who wish to suggest a name are asked to opt for a gender neutral name, possibly depicting a patriotic theme as the baby orangutan was born on Malaysia Day.

The suggested names can be sent to the Sarawak Forestry website (www.sarawakforestry.com) until the closing date on Nov 20, when the name will be decided by a selected panel and later announced during the Centre’s annual dinner on November 25.

Photo credit  Borneo Post
Photo credit Borneo Post

Brooke Gallery now opens

The Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita, was officially opened on September 24 coinciding with the 175th anniversary of the founding of State.

Housed in a Fort named after James Brooke’s wife, Rani Margherita, the gallery’s irreplaceable historical documents, artefacts and arts from the White Rajah’s era, wrapped in steep history and preserved in time.

The gallery also includes new addition such as a portrait painting of Rentappainted by the local artist, Alena Murang, depicting the man who was a hero to some and a villain to others.

This gallery was a joint project of the Sarawak Museum Department, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture as well as Mr. Jason Brooke, the grandson of the last Rajah Muda and the Director of The Brooke Trust.

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Siniawan to Be Gazetted

Old Siniawan town, located in the Bau district about 30 minutes’ drive from the city will be gazetted as a ‘Heritage Area’.

With the gazetting process underway, Siniawan will soon be “linked” to the State’s Brooke Heritage Site and Brooke Gallery in Fort Margherita, of which all these sites will be upgraded to be turned into a new tourism product.

Siniawan, was among the locations for many key battles during the Brooke era and has gained popularity over the years for its weekend night market with its rustic setting attracting locals and tourists alike to sample its wide range of local food and beverages.

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Another additional member for our Orang Utan family

The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Kuching, has welcomed a new member to the Orang Utan  family with the recent birth of a baby Orang Utan.

The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) recently announced that the 20 year old mother, Analisa was spotted on the feeding platform on September 18 with a new-born baby in her arms, the gender of the baby is still unknown.

This is far from the first natural birth at the Wildlife Centre, as Analisa has given birth to two babies before and she herself was born to Seduku, one of the oldest female orangutan at the Centre.

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Photo credit to Borneo Post
Picture shows Analisa with her new baby

Semenggoh now has 27 free-ranging orangutans, and the newest birth has provided irrefutable proof of the success of the Centre’s rehabilitation programme, while also inspiring those who are working towards the conservation and rehabilitation of orangutans throughout Sarawak.

Photo Library

Sarawak Tourism Board will launch its first digital photo library on September 23.

The Library intends to provide an archive of free professional images of different tourist attractions in Sarawak to the public which will include images of landscapes, buildings, animals, plants, food and people endemic to Sarawak.

It can be accessed at photo.sarawaktourism.com and can be freely used with credit mention to Sarawak Tourism Board by tourism partners and media, students and individuals whose interest relate to the tourism industry.

The Photo Library was set up in the hopes of promoting Sarawak’s main attractions through impressive images that encapsulate the uniqueness of Sarawak as a tourism destination.

While the database will be available for viewing without fees, copyright will remain under Sarawak Tourism Board and users are required to fulfill the online registration upon downloading the full high-definition images, in order to monitor the circulation of those images.

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