Kuching is home to one of the largest and best traditional music festival in the Asia, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).
The fest itself attracts not less than 20,000 music lovers from across the globe with a ratio of 65% being foreign tourist. The gem of the festival is the unique jams held during the workshops, and this fest is regarded as a must go by many.
The music fest is usually held annually, during the second week of July. However, sometimes the festival dates will be shifted to accommodate special events such as the Ramadan month.
Held at the foot of mystical Mount Santubong, within the compounds of the Sarawak Cultural Village, the even begins at 10AM with interactive workshops. Here, music lovers get to be involve with the performers as they dance, sing and sometimes even play instruments used during the whole 3 day fest. To many music lovers, the workshops are the real gem of the whole festival as impromptu jams are known to send goosebumps to the audiences. For party goers, the night concerts are not to be missed, although those wanting to just sit back and relax can do so on the hills which are located near the stage areas.
Due to the limited number of parking, organizers (The Sarawak Tourim Board – STB) normally prepare a shuttle bus to the event from popular hotels in Kuching City. However, if you insist on driving, STB has made it a point that you will still have to take a shuttle van from a nearby resort some 2km from the venue. The road heading toward the venue will be closed to public during the festival.
Tickets to the RWMF used to cost RM30/person, but has since increased as the festival draws the crowd. In 2014, the entrance fee was RM110/person, and the price has been retained ever since. Early birds get massive discounts nonetheless.
Though years past, the RWMF has continued to remain one of Kuching’s (and Malaysia’s) biggest attraction. Those intending to come are advised to book their hotels a few months in advance as hotel bookings in Kuching can be full during the whole month of the festival.