If you're looking for music, diversity and a creative extravaganza then head to Borneo's Rainforest World Music event, held each August.
- When? 14th - 16th July 2017
- Where? Sarawak Cultural Village, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo
- Price: Prices vary, but book in advance for cheaper tickets. Full price list here.
We'll forgive you for thinking of something completely different when we say jungle music. Rather than a grimy London rave we're actually talking about the Rainforest World Music Festival, held in the heart of the Bornean jungle every year. Globally acclaimed and located in an impossibly stunning location, this is one jungle party you won't want to miss.
Around a 40 minute drive from central Kuching, the festival is located on the verdant Damai Peninsular (home to Gunung National Park and wetland areas) in the Sarakwak Cultural Village. Traditional longhouses, farmhouses and pagodas sit alongside the stages - which include the Rainforest World Music Stage, the Rainforest Music House and a theatre. As you might have guessed, the fest predominately showcases world music, although dancers, stage shows and artists are also featured. Attracting a wealth of indigenous musicians from Borneo itself, the event has a country fair feel, with stalls, food trucks and bars. Previous years have seen performers from Canada to Cape Town, Ireland to India - and this year is set to be bigger than ever.
Tucked away from city life and set among lush palms and vines, this isn't your average festival site (and it certainly beats a grimy basement all-nighter). Rainforest World Music Festival is as pretty as it sounds so get yourself down to this one-of-a-kind festival, that perfectly captures the diversity and spirit of Malaysian Borneo.
- Get there: Travel north from Kuching International Airport (KIA) to Sarawak Cultural Village.
- Stay: The drive from Kuching to the village is around half an hour, so base yourself north of the city centre or look for accommodation in Sarawak Cultural Village.
Visit rwmf.net for more information about the festival.
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