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The Rainforest Craft Bazaar is back!

KUCHING – The Rainforest World Crafts Bazaar (RWCB) 2018 is back for its 10th edition at the Rainforest World Music Festival, with even more activities and hands-on experiences in local indigenous arts and handicrafts.

The RWCB will open its doors from 10.30am to 8.30pm with programmes, among others, People of the Land, Borneo Bengkel, Mouth Organs of Borneo and also featuring the Limkokwing Creativity and Innovation activities.

‘People of the Land’ features exhibitions, workshops, a ‘tamu’ art market and music demonstration revolving around themes of folklore, endangered flora and fauna, disappearing cultural practices and indigenous spirituality, heritage and identity.

People of the Land will be presented by Crafthub, a non-profit organisation aimed to promote and market Sarawak handicrafts in an economically viable way, with international standard quality control.

Borneo Bengkel is a creative platform exploring the indigenous identity and culture focusing on artisans, musicians, academicians and performers.

The event will be coordinated by HAUS KCH and Catama Borneo, which started as an arts residency in 2017 and now has 40 collaborators from Sarawak, Sabah and Kalimantan

The Mouth Organs of Borneo presents the story of the bamboo and gourd instrument of Borneo known by different names, such as sompotong, kededek, keledi and engkrurai.

The exhibition will be coordinated by the makers and musicians of these instruments, who will also give short demonstrations on how to make and play the instrument as well as tell the lore behind them.

The Limkokwing Creativity and Innovation presents a series of exhibitions, workshops and performances, displaying everything from architecture to fine arts and crafts showcasing youthful creativity.

The Rainforest World Crafts Bazaar (RWCB) and the Rainforest World Music Festival kicks off today and ends on Juluy 15 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and Damai Central.

The event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia with AirAsia as Flight Partner and GRAB as our transport partner.

Read our preview of the the Rainforest World Music Festival 2018 to get more information about this award winning festival. –


Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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