KUCHING – Missing this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival? Not to worry as the 23rd edition of RWMF will be on July 10 to 12 next year.
As Sarawak’s headliner tourism attraction, the festival has proven itself to be more than just a music festival but a weekend fiesta celebrated by both locals and tourists.
A capacity crowd of 23,650 was clocked in on the final hour of the festival this year with the largest turn out to be on Saturday night.
The festival program, including the wellness activities, sape’ and percussion tutorials, cultural talks, crafts bazaar and the daily late evening Gathering of the Tribes and the drum circles, had received good ratings from audience.
A new addition this year was the Indigenous Stage which featured bands and groups showcasing unique tribal culture in an informal outdoor setting.
Also introduced this year were the DJ sets with three different world themes such as reggae, bangra and Russian Romps that entertained festival-goers at after-party DJ session.
In line with Sarawak Tourism Board’s initiative on responsible tourism, the Go Green campaign this year had included the discouraging of usage of plastic bottled water and having water dispensers at strategic locations at the festival venue, Spativate’s eye-catching designs waste bins and Biji-Biji’s waste collection meant for composting and also the tree planting at the nearby Pantai Puteri, Santubong.
Twenty two years ago, the RWMF began with very small gathering of 300 people and fast forward, it had gained worldwide recognition having won multiple awards including putting itself into the Top 8 of the Transglobal World Music Chart for Festival Award.