If this is your FIRST ever Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) and am not quite sure what to expect, you may find the following helpful:
WHAT is the Rainforest World Music Festival?
The RWMF is a 3-day Festival that happens every year in Kuching, Sarawak – it literally is a Festival that gathers Music from all over the World to the Rainforest! (Click here to read about it from the official RWMF website.)
WHEN is it?
The RWMF 2012 begins tomorrow, 13th July 2012 until Sunday 15th July 2012.
WHERE is it held?
It is held annually in the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) which is, as described in it’s website, “tucked away at the foothills of legendary Mount Santubong, 35 km from Kuching is Sarawak’s fascinating cultural showcase, the award winning “Sarawak Cultural Village”…This living museum is wholly owned by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) depicts the heritage of the major racial groups in Sarawak and conveniently portrays their respective lifestyle amidst 14 acres of tropical vegetation.”
WHO will be there?
1. Other Festival Goers
There will be many many people. This year it is expected that 20,ooo people will gather for the Festival! There will be lotsa Music, Dancing & generally merry-making. (It has been deemed by some as a “Party in the Rainforest” ) You will get to meet new friends from all over the world, and even those close to home. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get to meet the performers and have your photo taken with them or maybe get their autographs.
Click here to see who will be performing at RWMF 2012!
You’ll stand a higher chance to meet the performers if you go for the music workshops they have during the day, as compared to just coming for the main concerts every night. Besides, you may pick up a skill like playing the sape perhaps while at it.
Click here for the RWMF 2012 workshop schedules!
HOW does it work?
As the RWMF is basically an opportunity for everyone to mingle around, there are no seats or fixed seating and you get to sit wherever you deem fit (stage and other restricted areas are of course off limits).
That said it is best to be mobile ie. only bring the necessities.
Wear comfortable clothes. Tshirts and jeans are the norm. If it looks like it might rain, shorts would be great. Always wear durable and comfortable footwear as you will want to walk around the SCV as they have a lot of things happening around that you will want to see! Crocs/slippers/flip flops are a good idea.
Food and drinks will be sold so all you need to bring is some cash and you’re good. If you fancy sitting down on the ground for your meal, a picnic mat will be very useful. If it looks like it might rain, a foldable umbrella is always a good thing to have – along with a waterproof bag perhaps for your gadgets (phones/camera/etc) just to be safe.
Last but not least,
WHY go to the RWMF?
Because it is awesome! Really.
The last time I went to a RWMF was 4 years ago, and that was just for a day. I am so excited because this year, finally, I will be able to go for all 3 days!
And even more exciting is the fact that I will be going on assignment as part of the media team covering the event for Sarawak Bloggers!