Name: The 20th Anniversary Rainforest World Music Festival 2017

Date: 14th July 2017 (Friday) to 16th July 2017 (sunday)

Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Organizer: Sarawak Tourism Board

Official Website: http://rwmf.net/

Latitude : 1.7492316

Longitude : 110.31646019999994

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The Rainforest World Music Festival is like no other Music Festival. It is a common stage for union of variety renowned world musicians from around the world, with focus on indigenous cultural exchange and exposure through exhibition and music performance. Performance stage, Demonstration Stations, Hands-on Workshops, Cultural Merchandise and Ornaments, Cultural Food and Drinks and many more excitements awaits.

Every year the stage sets foot on the Living Museum of Sarawak Cultural Village, and nevertheless this is the 20th Anniversary of this festival. Tourist and visitors can indulge in the unique Rainforest themed environment in this well preserved and staged Museum with lush greeneries and wooden cultural houses.

Nevertheless, Sarawak Cultural Village located at Damai Peninsular, which is a prime tourist destination around 40 minutes of driving from Kuching City. Around the Living Museum, there are three beach resorts, a 18-hole golf course, a boutique hideaway and a few homestay operators for your accommodation needs, not to forget the Gunung (Mt.) Santubong National Park is also part of the complex.

This time we manage to visit the 2nd day of the event. The event start at around 11am, and many had arrived here early to have a good parking nearby. However due to limitation of the Parking around the site, Visitors had to park around 5 minutes away at the allocated parking along the roadside to the Golf Course. A Shuttle bus service is provided by Bus Asia.

The Huge Not-To-Be-Missed Sign Board welcomes you at the entrance

The Huge Not-To-Be-Missed Sign Board welcomes you at the entrance.

At the Front entrance to the Sarawak Cultural Village, Visitors and Tourist line up to enter the grand doorway. Thousands had their ticket prebooked online, curtoursy of TicketCharge company who implement a bar code scanning system to ensure legit entry to the event. There was also on the spot ticket counter for those who not yet have a ticket for the event. The Door-Sales ticket is RM152.40 for 1Day pass for an adult and RM78.20 for children. For those who wish for a three day event entry would have a discounted 3Day pass for RM406.80 for adult and RM184.20 for children.

After the ticket checked and validated, visitors will be given a water proof plastic bracelet to indicate a valid entry for that day. The security is strict and bags will be checked by the security after the entry to prevent illegal items to be brought in.

The Entrance of the Living Museum - Sarawak Cultural Village - where the 20th Anniversary Rainforest World Music Festival Staged

The Entrance of the Living Museum – Sarawak Cultural Village – where the 20th Anniversary Rainforest World Music Festival Staged.

The Queue at the entrance

The Queue at the entrance.

Refreshments and Merchandise are sold at the stalls after the grand entrance

Refreshments and Merchandise are sold at the stalls after the grand entrance.

A performance beside the entrance

A performance beside the entrance.

The Information Counter. You can get the event schedule list here

The Information Counter. You can get the event schedule list here.

The Rainforest World Music Festival Ground Map

The Rainforest World Music Festival Ground Map. You can walk around the path connecting all the attraction of the park.

A classical wood log stairs on your right that can be found in long houses

A classical wood log stairs on your right that can be found in long houses. The unique sculpture at the center.

Within the Cultural Village, there is a wooden path strategically connecting all the attractions in the park. They call it the Plank Walk. The path circles the center pond with attractions located at the rim. Following the path and you will can have a safe and organized journey around.

The wooden path that connects all attraction in the park

The wooden path that connects all attraction in the park.

A map showing the location and distribution of stalls and booths around the craft bazaar

A map showing the location and distribution of stalls and booths around the craft bazaar.

Another Map showing major attractions in the park

Another Map showing major attractions in the park.

Canopies by the Lake – one of the attractions of the event. Booths and canopies are set up around the Lake with merchandise displays and showcase from various vendors and sponsors.

The Herbal products display by Sarawak BioDiversity Center

The Herbal products display by Sarawak BioDiversity Center.

A close up view

A close up view.

Temporary Tatoo Service

Temporary Tatoo Service.

The various Tattoo pattern to chose from

The various Tattoo pattern to chose from.

Traditional Cloths

Traditional Cloths.

Welcome to the Chinese Farm House

Welcome to the Chinese Farm House.

A description of the traditional Chinese clothing - HanFu

A description of the traditional Chinese clothing – HanFu

Mini Sessions on Chinese Culture

Mini Sessions on Chinese Culture.

Er Hu Performance

Er Hu Performance.

Hand Made Sape from carved whole wood

Hand Made Sape from carved whole wood.

Highly detailed carvings on the Sarawak Boat Lute - Sape

Highly detailed carvings on the Sarawak Boat Lute – Sape.

The Craft Bazaar have stall set up in three location. The Malay Townhouse, Top-Spinning Area and the Melanau Tallhouse.  Many hand crafts from beads, scarfs, clothing, braces and necklaces, woven baskets, hand made musical instruments and carved ornaments are available here. Some are crafted locally and some are imported crafts. It is truly a cultural exchange bazaar.

Reaching the Malay Town House

Reaching the Malay Town House .

The Wooden Malay Town House

The Wooden Malay Town House .

Handy Craft stalls

Handy Craft stalls.

Beads and necklaces

Beads and necklaces.

Beads and necklaces

Beads and necklaces.

The Entrance Doorway to the Malaysia Handicraft Development Corporation - Malaysian Craft at its Best

The Entrance Doorway to the Malaysia Handicraft Development Corporation – Malaysian Craft at its Best.

Beads and necklaces

Beads and necklaces.

Beads and necklaces

Beads and necklaces.

Beads and necklaces

Beads and necklaces.

The Melanau Tallhouse and the Craft Bazaar below

The Melanau Tallhouse and the Craft Bazaar below.

Hand Woven Rattan Baskets

Hand Woven Rattan Baskets.

Hand Craft Wood Ornaments

Hand Craft Wood Ornaments.

Hand Crafted Songkok

Hand Crafted Songkok.

Carved decoration Bronze Plate

Carved decoration Bronze Plate.

Romancing Cat Sculpture by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

Romancing Cat Sculpture by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.

More Artwork by the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

More Artwork by the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

Beads Ornaments

Beads Ornaments.

Other than Traditional Crafts for sale, visitors can also visit other attractions at the Sarawak Cultural Village. It is a Living Museum anyways, there are More houses and cultural display along the walk in the village. All material used are preserved as original as possible with actual people that can guide and introduce you into their unique culture.

The Orang Ulu Longhouse

The Orang Ulu Longhouse.

Local Food and Delicacies

Local Food and Delicacies.

A Sape Performance

A Sape Performance.

Bookaroo Doodle Wall - Rainforest Rumble

Bookaroo Doodle Wall – Rainforest Rumble. Children can express freely on the doodle wall depends on your creativity.

Rainforest Official Merchandise stall

Rainforest Official Merchandise stall.

The Media Press Wall for the Rainforest World Music Festival

The Media Press Wall for the Rainforest World Music Festival. You can have a photo here.

The Rainforest World Music Festival Outdoor Stage that host the night stage performance event

The Rainforest World Music Festival Outdoor Stage that host the night stage performance event.

The Sandstone sculpture - Image of Batu Santubong

The Sandstone sculpture – Image of Batu Santubong.

We went also to the Rainforest Music House, here the history of Rainforest World Music Festival was told. In the house there is many musical instruments are on display, some are music instruments from the previous music festivals. Instruments include Drums, Trumpets, Percussion, Guitars and many more. It is a must visit place during the festival.

Traditional Drums display at the Rainforest Music House

Traditional Drums display at the Rainforest Music House.

An article on the origin of Rainforest Music Festival

An article on the origin of Rainforest Music Festival.

An now, a surprise !! The first-ever Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) was celebrated roughly 100 years in advance.

This 1890 photo of a merry picnic at Santubong shows a range of instruments which are still popular in the 21st Century, though most musicians manage without shotguns nowadays. But the site of this outing was just a couple of miles from today’s Darawak Cultural Village in Damai, where the RWMF has found its home.

Damai was and is the playground of Kuching, and now with RWMF … the world.

From the RWMF book, MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS – Sarawak Tourism Board.

More classical music instruments in the Rainforest Music House

More classical music instruments in the Rainforest Music House.

More classical music instruments in the Rainforest Music House

More classical music instruments in the Rainforest Music House.

Demonstration of the Traditional Music instruments

Demonstration of the Traditional Music instruments.

A close up of a Sape Performance

A close up of a Sape Performance.

There are also hands-on session on Sape Tutorial . Sape is the Sarawak traditional Boat Lute. It is simple to learn and yet mesmerizing.

The Sape Tutorial in the Rainforest Music House

The Sape Tutorial in the Rainforest Music House.

Outside the Rainforest Music House there is demonstration on how to make a Boat Lute - Sape

Outside the Rainforest Music House there is demonstration on how to make a Boat Lute – Sape.

There are many more happenings around the Sarawak Cultural Village during the festival. Welcome and have a visit here if you had the chance. We did not wait till the night event, but it will be a great bonus for those who can stay till the nights.

The Bidayuh house and the plank walk

The Bidayuh house and the plank walk.

Welcome to the Iban Longhouse

Welcome to the Iban Longhouse.

The Iban Long House

The Iban Long House.

The Iban Long House

The Iban Long House.

Inside The Iban Long House

Inside The Iban Long House.

Traditional Dance Performance

Traditional Dance Performance.

The Bamboo Bridge

The Bamboo Bridge. We invite all guests to cross over to the bidayuh longhouse on this Bidayuh Bamboo Bridge.

Decoration on the ceiling of the Restaurant

Decoration on the ceiling of the Restaurant.

A display of local edible plants and vegetables

A display of local edible plants and vegetables.

Welcome to the Taste & Flavours of the Rainforest

Welcome to the Taste & Flavours of the Rainforest.

Saing Waing Ochestra (Myanmar) Performance at the Theater Stage

Saing Waing Ochestra (Myanmar) Performance at the Theater Stage.