Saturday, July 08, 2017

Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival - This year’s edition different from previous years

KUCHING: The 20th Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is this year different from previous years with the presence of an inaugural Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) from July 7 to 16.

During the launching ceremony held at the Old Courthouse here yesterday, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said RFF is a 10-day spectacle of the best that Sarawak has to offer in terms of art, craft, music, fashion, food, film and photography.

“In previous years, RWMF was always confined in Damai, about 20km away from here “With RFF, we are bringing the RWMF vibe to different locations in town showcasing the best of what Sarawak has to offer,” he said, Abdul Karim also said the next 10 days would be beneficial to the local hoteliers, food operators and transport providers.

When asked about the state government’s plan to let the private sector organise the iconic festival (RWMF), Abdul Karim said in a way the RWMF had been partly privatised “because we have been outsourcing some of the activities to event management companies and that we have received many sponsorships from corporate bodies.

“However, the government will always back up RWMF activities to make sure they are in line with our vision to promote our arts and culture.”