Rainforest World Music Festival Happening From 23 to 25 June 2023

Sarawak’s world-renowned Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has received an encouraging response from Malaysians and festival  enthusiasts around the globe as Sarawak continues to advocate sustainable practices  for the 26th Edition of the RWMF. 

Proactive measures have been taken by Sarawak towards creating and implementing a  sustainable, eco-friendly festival, and together with the State’s tourism players, the  Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) will continue to embark on activities which advocate  sustainability including banning of single use plastics, encouraging upcycling of used  materials and exploring innovative solutions to waste management. 

Festival-goers will also experience ease of travelling to the festival venue through the  provision of shuttle buses from Kuching City to the event venue, Sarawak Cultural  Village (SCV) on an hourly basis from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm and from SCV to Kuching  City hourly, from 12.30 pm to 5.30pm and continuing from 9.00 pm to 1.00 am, based  on scheduled trips. 

The provision of these shuttle buses are in line with Sarawak’s aim to avoid congestion  and alleviate carbon emission, for energy conservation and environmental education,  encouraging participation in greening initiatives – all towards making Responsible  Tourism the ‘norm’ and the RWMF as a key platform for Sarawak to push sustainability  and ecotourism for the next generation of music lovers. 

The 26th Edition of RWMF, which targeted 20,000 visitors, received an encouraging  response world-over, with its ‘Early Birds’ tickets being sold out on 29th April. Festival  enthusiasts will now be able to purchase the festival’s ‘Pre-Sale Tickets’ on Klook  Ticketing Platform at lower prices, compared to ‘Door Sale’ Prices at the Venue during  the Festival.

The ‘Pre-sale’ tickets have now been made available on Klook ticketing platform across a range of categories: Adult 1-Day Pass Fri/Sun (RM230), Adult 1-Day Pass Sat  (RM260), Adult 2-Day Pass Fri + Sat / Sat + Sun (RM440), Adult 3-Day Pass (RM590),  and Child 1-Day Pass Fri/Sat/Sun (RM80) – under a limited-period offer.  

This year’s RWMF will feature a total of 199 musicians from 12 countries in a rainforest  setting at the foot of Mount Santubong. RWMF’s international line-up will feature a  diverse range of music genres, including Grammy Awards winner, Gipsy Kings featuring  Tonino Baliardo from France of such hits as ‘Djobi Djoba’ and ‘Bamboleo’ set to enthral  visitors with their pop-oriented music, distantly derived from traditional flamenco and  rumba genres.  

Other international performers include Big Mountain from Jamaica and the USA best  known for their hit song ‘Baby I Love Your Way’, Safi Theatre from Tanzania, Rastak  from Iran, Fasylive from Maldives, Afriquoi from the United Kingdom, Chatusram from  India, Rizal Hadi & Folk from Indonesia and Ethno Thai Fusion Sound Band from  Thailand. The line-up will also include performers from Japan, Hong Kong and  Singapore. 

RWMF2023 will also highlight Malaysian local talents from East and West Malaysia,  which include Zee Avi, Suk Binie, Aseana Percussion Unit, Nadir, Steve Thornton &  Afroasia, Sada Borneo, Tuku Kame, Nading Rhapsody, Geng Wak Long, Buloh  Bekocak, At Adau, Meruked, and Orang Orang Drum Theatre. 

Themed ‘Reflections’, RWMF 2023 offers festival-goers an opportunity to not only  engage with world music and cultural traditions, but also to connect with and embrace  its underlying themes and values. It is also a time to reflect on the connection with nature  and embrace diverse musical styles to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the  world around.  

Check out their shuttle bus schedule and find out more info on the musical line-up and  ticketing on Rainforest World Music Festival’s official website at https://rwmf.net/

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