Sarawak’s iconic rainforest music festival goes hybrid for its 25th anniversary

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KUCHING: The highly anticipated Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year as a hybrid event for the very first time.

The festival, themed “Legendary Rainforest Celebration”, will see the physical concert to be held at the Sarawak Culture Village from June 17-19, though it will also be live-streamed through a soon-to-be-launched platform.

In a statement released on Wednesday (April 13), STB said that RWMF, which aims to bring the world together through music, will again welcome a host of artists from Canada, India, the United States, Finland, from Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. , Singapore, Japan, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, China, Bhutan and South Korea as well as local talent.

Majlis Seni Sarawak will also mix traditional Sarawakian music with an international flavor to open the three-day show in her first collaboration with STB.

Sarawakian talents on display this year include Alena Murang, Kemada, Sang Rawi, At Adau, Tuku Kame, Suk Binie’, Nading Rhapsody and Mathew Ngau.

The announcement of the highly anticipated iconic event was made by Minister of State for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts, Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, along with STB Managing Director, Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor, and MASWings Chief Operating Officer (representing the Malaysia Aviation Group) Capt Nasaruddin A Bakar.

“I am very proud of how far our local product has come, from around 300 spectators for its very first concert in 1998, to becoming the first hybrid festival of its kind in Malaysia.

“Viewers who miss the feel of a physical concert can come together in a mutual appreciation of world music, and those around the world can enjoy it live from the comfort of their homes.” said Abdul Karim.

Sharzede added, “Each year we strive to make RWMF better than the last. Last year’s virtual experience provided us with invaluable feedback on how we might combine the best of both physical and digital worlds this year.

“We hope that creating this unique precedent for the 25th edition of the festival will become a keystone for the next 25 years, connecting the past and the future, while sustaining and reinventing our musical heritage and traditions for many years to come. years.”

Advance ticket sales will start from April 18 for physical and virtual versions on rwmf.net.

Tickets for the physical concert include 1-day adult pass (RM150), 3-day adult pass (RM375), 1-day child pass (RM80), 3-day child pass (RM155) and 1-day family package pass ( two adults, two children) (RM400).

Virtual attendance will cost RM25 per day.

In addition, Malaysia Airlines has been named an official airline partner of RWMF.

The collaboration, building on the partnership between Malaysia Aviation Group and STB, will see Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and Journify offer flight deals and comprehensive passes to Sarawak.

Malaysia Airlines and Firefly will also offer early booking offers on selected Malaysia Airlines flights, including from London, Australia and select ASEAN destinations, as well as Firefly’s Penang-Kuching route.

The sale of plane tickets will take place from April 25 to May 14 for travel between June 1 and 30.

These are available exclusively to those who purchase the three-day pass, which comes with a unique airfare promo code.

Capt Nasaruddin said, “We are honored to be named the official carrier of the highly anticipated 25th RWMF, to bring travelers from around the world to the land of the hornbills.

“This collaboration with STB will see both partners intensify their efforts to promote Malaysia after the reopening of borders, and Sarawak as a safe destination of choice for 2022.

“We believe this collaboration is key to rebuilding the tourism industry, boosting domestic and international travel and helping to support the industry’s value chain, such as travel agents, product owners, local artisans and business partners.”

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