Sarawak Cultural Village To Host Rainforest World Music Festival

The iconic Rainforest World Music Festival celebrates 26 years of world rhythms this 2023, featuring a cast of world-renowned performers never seen before in Sarawak.

Rainforest WMF 2023 returns in June. Music Press Asia

The iconic Rainforest World Music Festival marks its legendary return, featuring a cast of world-renowned performers never seen before in Sarawak.

The annual three-day music festival celebrates the diversity of world music in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, with daytime music workshops, cultural displays, craft displays, food stalls, and main-stage evening concerts.

This year’s festival will be making a ‘physical’ comeback from 23rd to 25th June at Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching. The festival’s line-up will feature a total of 199 musicians from 12 countries, across more than 3 continents to perform a diverse range of music genres.

Rainforest World Music Festival 2023 artist lineup. Music Press Asia
[Rainforest World Music Festival 2023 artist lineup. Music Press Asia]

Performers include Grammy Awards winner, ‘Gipsy Kings’ featuring Tonino Baliardo from France, ‘Big Mountain’ from Jamaica/USA, ‘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.

Where is this taking place?

Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Malaysia: Here lies is an award-winning Living Museum that spans across 17-acres of land just across from Damai Beach Resort and Hotels.

At Sarawak Cultural Village, there are replica buildings representing every major ethnic group in Sarawak mainly the Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu, Penan, Melanau, Malay & Chinese. All buildings are staffed with members of the ethnic groups in traditional costume and carrying out traditional activities.

Rainforest Music House: This music house places collections of musical instruments from all over the world, music workshops and a short ‘live’ performance by our own award-winning and World Champions Tuku Kame musicians. Tuku Kame combines the traditional Sarawakian instruments of thirty ethnic races residing on the Island of Borneo played in contemporary tunes to create an infectious and exciting new sound.

Sarawak comprises 31 ethnic tribes with their own unique traditions, lifestyles, music and food, while sharing their warm hospitality. Malaysia’s largest state, Sarawak, endowed with some of the oldest rainforests on Earth. Its vast landscape spans over 120,000 sq kms, with towering mountains and cool highlands, jagged limestone formations and mysterious cave systems, winding rivers and quiet beaches; where adventures are waiting to happen.

For more information about the Rainforest World Music Festival 2023’s program and ticketing, click here.

Sponsors and partners include Malaysia Airlines, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation, Tourism Malaysia, Sarawak Timber Association, Sarawak Tourism Board and more (as below).

Rainforest World Music Fest 2023 Partners. Music Press Asia
[Rainforest World Music Fest 2023 Partners. Music Press Asia]

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