Experience the sights and sounds of the Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching

Do you want to experience wonderful live performances by world singers and bands in Malaysia’s largest musical event? Then, look no further, for the annual Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival, held every year in Sarawak Cultural Village, is here again to dazzle you with its spectacular sights and sounds starting from the 28th until 30th of June 2013. Kuching is indeed the place to be in at this time of year!

Rainforest World Music Festival

MASWings has regular daily flights from Sarawak’s major cities, Kota Kinabalu and Bandar Seri Begawan. Thus, it is a convenient thing for you to attend the wonderful Borneo Rainforest Music Festival. If you are flying from further afield such as Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, there are many direct flights you can take to Kuching from these destinations.

Rainforest World Music Festival

The Sarawak Cultural Village, the venue of this event, at the foothills of the majestic Mount Santubong is surrounded by beautiful lush green rainforest. During these three days event, there will be numerous workshops held during the daytime and music performances at night. During the last Rainforest World Music Festival, the weekend audience totaled to around 30,000 people. It is no surprise that this festival is now acclaimed as the largest of its kind in Malaysia.

Rainforest World Music Festival
This year’s musical line up will consist of several local and international talents. Lan E Tuyang, a traditional Kenyah band called Lan E Tuyang performing the exotic native Kenyah tunes. Coming from further afield, the Ukrainian Spiritual Seasons band will entertain you with medieval, Irish and Scandinavian folk tunes. The local Sarawakian Gema SLDN-SCV group will undoubtedly enchant the audience with their various different local percussion instruments such as drums, gongs and bamboo. A solo native performer, Maya Green, is no less impressive with his solo native Borneo music, a blend of traditional tunes and sounds, played on the iconic sape. Hailing from Australia, the Nunukul Yuggara dance troupe will entertain you with their traditional Aboriginal song and music. These unique performers are just but a few that will grace this year’s wonderful Rainforest World Music Festival.

Rainforest World Music Festival

During the day, the performers will conduct several workshop sessions relating to their music and songs in the various traditional houses within the Sarawak Cultural Village. If you are interested to know more about how to play musical instruments or sing a tune, this interesting workshop is something you should not miss! There will be workshops on songs from various countries, the origin of the traditional gong, traditional Aboriginal body rites, the music and traditions of the Bidayuh people, different types of drum percussions and many more. It would indeed be an experience of a lifetime, learning about the delightful sounds and music from around the world.

Rainforest World Music Festival

Will all these fun-packed activities during the day and breath taking musical performances at night, The Borneo Rainforest Music Festival 2013 is guaranteed to blow you away! Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s head down to Kuching this late June and enjoy the sights, sounds and music from around the world. You’ll not regret it.

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Gawai Special Package 18 February 2012

May 23, 2012 by  
Filed under General

Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) have been working closely together to create a ‘Gawai Special Package’ for locals and foreign visitors alike to come to Sarawak and experience the unique ethnic festival of Gawai Dayak which is celebrated on 1 and 2 June annually.
This new tourism product was launched by Sarawak Tourism and Housing Development Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg at SCV located some 40km from the city centre on February 9, 2012.
Johari said the uniqueness of the Gawai Dayak celebration which he said was a rich resource of the state and it should be shared with the rest of the world. He added that the Gawai Special Package was crafted to make Gawai celebration as one of the main visitors’ attractions in Sarawak to promote the unique traditions and cultures of the Iban, Bidayuh and other ethnic groups of the Dayak community that have connections with each other.
“The important element of this package is the culture exchange between locals and visitors as they experience our way of mingling with the various races in the state that conforms to the 1Malaysia concept,” he said.
The Minister applauded the effort made by Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, STB and SCV in coming up with this Gawai package which would help to showcase to the masses about the state’s various ethnic groups, its different cultures, traditions and beliefs.
He also urged travel agents to be creative in their holiday packages to entice more foreign and domestic tourists into the state.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Haji Talib Zulpilip who stressed that visitors of this Gawai Special Package are assured of an enjoyable, enriching and comfortable experience during their stay at Sarawak Cultural Village.
He said there were three types of the Gawai package which incorporated the different ethnic races in Sarawak and how they celebrate Gawai through activities such as Pun Ranyai, Miring, Lemambang, Ai Pengayu.The package also includes sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in a traditional style.
Apart from that, guests will have the opportunity to go on a jungle trekking at the foothills of Mount Santubong as well as enjoy the nature of Sarawak’s biodiversity in flora and fauna.
The Gawai Special Package are priced at RM399 per person for 2days 1night stay; RM499 per person for 2 Days 2Nights and RM599 per person for 4Days 3Nights respectively.
Bookings for the packages are open now and can be made online by logging on to www.SarawakBorneoTour.com or
click here to make bookings.

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