Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival to stay in Kuching but with new approach next year

The excitement from the just-concluded Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is still felt amongst visitors.

Now, it is going to get little bit hotter.

Rumour has it that the next edition of the state’s annual signature event will no longer be held in its birth city, Kuching.

Instead, it is going to be shifted to Miri, specifically to a venue that shares the festival’s namesake.

The Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort (BTRR), nestled deep in the Lambir forest about 33km from the city, is touted to be the next site for the RWMF.

To find out more about this, The Star yesterday contacted BTRR owner, Henry Law Ing Hua, who was quite surprised with the news.

He said: “No, I have not heard about this. However, we did request for RWMF to be brought over to Miri two years ago but it was turned down on the ground that it would be too costly for the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) to hold the festival here.”

Nevertheless, Law said if the news turned out to be true, he would be truly delighted because having the festival here would take Miri tourism to a different height and not to mention, “a great bonus for BTRR”.

“I did have guests who came here recently asking me why I did not get some of the performers from the RWMF to perform at my place. They said our location will be suitable for the event.

“In my opinion, BTTR is surrounded by the forest and is away from the city centre. It has retained certain spiritual charms much like those in a rainforest. But at the same time, the outfit may not be able to accommodate the huge crowd of the RWMF, which has grown from year to year,” he pointed out.