25th anniversary of the world music festival to be held in a hybrid format
The most awaited music festival in Malaysia, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF), is back once again, celebrating its 25th anniversary. This will be the first time it is held as a hybrid event since the beginning of the music festival in 1998.
Themed “Legendary Rainforest Celebration”, the music festival will be held from 17-19 June 2022, with the physical concert taking place at Sarawak Cultural Village while viewers can live stream it from their homes via rwmf.net.
With the objective of bringing the world back together with music, RWMF will be welcoming back a host of international performers from Canada, India, USA, Finland, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, China, Bhutan and Seoul among others, with Sarawak Arts Council (SAC) mixing traditional Sarawakian music with international flavours opening the three-day show in a first-time musical collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board.
From around 300 spectators for its first-ever concert back in 1998 to becoming the first hybrid festival of its kind in Malaysia, the festival, a homegrown product of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), has indeed come a long way. Concertgoers who miss the feel of the physical concert can come together in mutual appreciation of world music, and those around the world can enjoy world music live from the comfort of their own homes.
The Rainforest World Music Festival 2022 will also feature the sounds and rhythms of Sarawak, showcasing musical elements from the diverse ethnic groups of Sarawak through exhilarating performances that will elevate Sarawak’s unique tribal flavours onto an international pedestal.
Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board, Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor said, “Every year we strive to make the Rainforest World Music Festival better than the year before. Last year’s Virtual Experience gave us invaluable feedback on how we could work towards combining the best of both worlds – physical and the digital – to create RWMF’s first hybrid edition this year. We hope that creating this unique precedent for the 25th edition of the festival will become a keystone for the next 25 years for the festival, bridging the past with the future and sustaining and reinventing our musical heritage and its traditions for many years to come.”
All information on tickets is available at rwmf.net