ABOUT THE EVENT
The Rainforest World Music Festival often referred to as RWMF, is a major iconic annual event that lasts for three days in Kuching, Malaysia. Started off with an audience of 300 in 1998, it is now a highly anticipated event with over 20,000 people attending from all over the world. Locals and foreigners alike, they come together to celebrate music, culture, and mother nature. The festival features a wide range of performances like traditional music, contemporary music, and world fusion. On top of that, they have events that include daytime music workshops, cultural displays, craft displays, food stalls, and main-stage evening concerts. Let’s not forget mother nature, RWMF and its participants are known for their environmental awareness as evinced in their green initiatives, such as focusing their attention on recycling initiatives and waste management and promoting the usage of shuttle buses to limit carbon emission. Turning fun up another notch, they also have a health and wellness program for their audiences. They can enjoy exercises like yoga, Zumba, and tai chi. To top it all off with the perfect icing on the cake, in their words “It is a World Music festival extraordinaire set against the magnificent backdrop of the legendary Mount Santubong.” What a wholesome event.
Like all music festivals, the more the merrier right? Music festivals cannot happen without collaborations and partnerships. From artists, companies, and sponsors. Partnerships are gateways to empowerment, the empowerment to make a change and a difference. Which is exactly what RWMF is doing. Here are some notable collaborations RWMF did this year to further guide this event to a more green path :
Cuckoo International will install 20 water stations throughout the Sarawak Cultural Village. All of them free and clean to consume. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles to reduce the usage of plastic water bottles. RWMF will not be selling single-use water bottles during the 3-day event. This move is anticipated to be the most effective step to reduce plastic waste. While collapsible cups can be purchased at designated stands in the festival, it is still advised to bring your own bottles.
Canard Media Sdn Bhd
RWMF is in close collaboration to encourage F&B to select biodegradable utensils rather than disposable/styrofoam plates and cutleries. STB is working with Canard Media Sdn Bhd to implement biodegradable solutions to tackle the waste generated at the Food Mart.
Trienekens will provide bins, and bin liners with creative and intuitive signs to help festival-goers separate their recyclables and waste.Trienekens will then handle the treatment of recyclables.
For the third time now, they are back again this year. Biji-Biji Initiatives is a social enterprise that is very much focused on sustainable living by being innovative with the waste that is so unfortunately abundant in our world. They are assigned the task to manage waste across all the waste stations in the festival with the help of local university students and volunteers. Anything that they’ve collected and deemed recyclable will be done so. Food wastes will be collected by Worming Up, a local initiative that converts food waste into fertilizer and animal feed for local farmers. They will also spread the important 5R message to festival-goers to raise public awareness. Party hard, responsibly.
Green Warriors initiative encourages volunteers and festival-goers to return the festival site back to its original state if not better. I’ve never wanted to be a green warrior so much since the hulk.
“MANY TRIBES ONE VIBE”
Their tickets range from RM 75 to RM 600. This year, their performances are from:
- At Adau (Sarawak, Malaysia)
- Ballet Folcloric de Chile Bafochi (Rapa Nui/Chile)
- Ana Alcaide (Spain)
- Daramas (Malaysia)
- Druk Folk Musician (Bhutan)
- Duplessey & The Violins Of The World ft. Guo Gan
- Ha Noi Duo (Vietnam)
- Kemada (Sarawak, Malaysia)
- Kila (Ireland)
- La Chiva Gantiva (Colombia)
- Macka B (UK / Jamaica)
- Mauravann (Mauritius)
- Mehdi Nasouli (Morocco)
- OKI (Japan)
- Olga Cerpa Y Mestisay (Canary Islands)
- Otava Yo (Russia)
- Rajery (Madagascar)
- San Salvador (France)
- Sangtam Naga (Nagaland, India)
- Sedaa (Iran / Mongolia)
- Spirit Of The Hornbill (Indonesia)
- Staak Bisomu (Sarawak, Malaysia)
- Suk Binie’ (Sarawak, Malaysia)
- Suku Menoa (Sarawak, Malaysia)
- Tabanka (Cape Verde)
- Talisk (Scotland)
- TRAD.ATTACK! (Estonia)
- WAI (New Zealand)
Music truly is a universal language.
Mark Twain the American author once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
In this case, however, the world is coming together in a little corner of the earth, which is at Kuching, Sawarak. All you need to do is go 35 km north of Kuching, at the base of Mount Santubong and experience a taste of the world.