Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rainforest World Music Fest pulls in 18,340 revellers

KUCHING: The recently- concluded 19th Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has clocked in a staggering 18,340 people in attendance throughout the duration of three days.

This represents an increase of two per cent from the previous year.

Ticket sales for RWMF this year have also increased by 14 per cent, as opposed to last year’s sales.

Survey forms at the event have made it easier to gauge what can be improved in the festival, and the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) will continue with greening efforts including composting, to ensure improvement  in more than just performance standards.

“This gradual growth is very promising, as we evolve to keep up with and incorporate international standards of festival excellence, and we hope to see an even greater increase next year,” said STB acting chief executive officer Mary Wan.

STB promises even better results for next year’s RWMF as new ventures are being taken to improve the quality of the festival, including ‘headhunting’ local talents and extended greening efforts such as recycling and composting – all of which has garnered positive feedback from the public.

“It is not good enough to be an internationally recognised festival – we want to be internationally lauded, and we hope that in time we can achieve our objectives of being an acknowledged benchmark in the world music festival scene,” said Tourism Ministry permanent secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik when asked about future plans for the festival.