THE 11th Rainforest World Music Festival got off to a wet start but that did not dampen the spirits of thousands of music lovers who converged at Sarawak Cultural Village for the event.
According to the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), a record turnout of more than 7,000 people went through the gates on the first evening.
“In fact, it was the best Friday in 11 years – 7,219 (people),” said STB chief executive Gracie Geikie.
Among the crowd were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, who were making their first visit to the festival.
Altogether, some 22,500 people attended the festival over three days to enjoy music from around the world.
First-time visitor Charles Cadell from England said the festival was “fabulous”.
“It’s got a collection of music from all over the world that I haven’t seen before at any other festival.
“And it’s got great atmosphere, very relaxed and of course very friendly. So it’s brilliant. It’s got everything,” he said, adding that he would be back next year.
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