Friday, April 08, 2011

Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival voted among top global festivals

KUCHING: Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has been voted for the second consecutive year as one of the Top 25 Best International Festivals by renowned world music magazine, Songlines.

This most recent award added yet another feather to its cap and elevated its status in the international music scene as a festival which has well and truly put Sarawak on the world tourism map.

According to the editorial team at Songlines, this year’s selection of festivals was a broad representation of the quality and scope of music festivals around the world.

It ranged from city-based events to ones in remote locations such as the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak and the Festival in the Desert in Mali.

The full list of all 25 international festivals will be published in the June issue of Songlines magazine.

Amongst the festivals lauded are Ulsan World Music Festival, Korea; WOMAD Adelaide, Australia; Chicago World Music Festival, USA; Essaouira Gnawa & World Music Festival, Morocco; Forde Folk Festival, Norway to name but a few.

On another matter, the line-up for this year’s RWMF, held annually in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia) has now been finalised.

Now well into its second decade, RWMF attracted more than 20,000 international and local music fans to the three magical days of daytime music workshops and action-packed nightly shows.

The event would be held from July 8 to 10 at the Sarawak Cultural Village, which is located 35km outside Kuching and set against the magnificent backdrop of the legendary Mount Santubong.

Music is not all about sound; music is an art, and with it comes culture, diversity, creativity, talent, and spellbinding performances. All this and more can be found at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2011.


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