Set on the edge of the jungle, in the fascinating Sarawak Cultural Village, this has become a signature tourism event in this, Malaysia’s largest state Sarawak. I will be writing more about it, but for now let me suggest that if you plan to be in Borneo, or Asia in general, or will be passing through any July make sure you add the RWMF to your bucket list along with the orang utans which everyone travelling here wants to see.
At the three-day festival, along with the great shows every night, on the two stages, during the day are fascinating workshops with artists from various bands and acts combining to jam together and show how their instruments work. This meant the Australian didgeridoo was playing along with other wind instruments such as a saxophone or Iranian bagpipes! It was often hard to choose which workshop to attend.
A first this year was the pre-festival expo: the successful Borneo World Music Expo held at the Pullman Hotel and which is planned to be an annual event also, showcasing traditional folk, roots and ethnic music to the international stage.
I only attended the last day of the expo but was really impressed by a Malaysian band Beringin Emas who performed at a high impacts level for some 45 minutes during the showcase event in the evening. As I said … more to follow, just make sure you get to the next one … or the Borneo Jazz Festival in MAY 2014
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