About Malaysia’s first ever Rainforest Fringe Festival

It's a great way to raise awareness and bring the plight of Malaysia's rainforests to the attention of more people. The first ever Rainforest Fringe Festival takes place in Kuching, Sarawak in July, a ten day extravaganza of art and craft, music, exhibitions, fashion, performance and more. It's on from 7th July and is the precursor to the Rainforest World Music Festival, an extremely popular two day day event held at the Sarawak Cultural Village, celebrating its 20th birthday this year.

The festival is designed to support the Rainforest World Music Festival, and has an interesting remit: to educate and inspire local people, giving them an understanding of the “huge treasure trove” that the region's forests offer, and about the funds that have been set aside for the development of arts and culture in the region.

The rich heritage of Sarawak will be portrayed by a concert featuring local talent: the pop singers Dayang Nurfaizah and Pete Kallang, the Indie musician Noh Salleh, the actor-singer Tony Eusoff, and the highly respected sape player and artist Mathew Ngau. There will be plenty of art exhibitions, including paintings, sculpture, installations and photography, providing a fascinating insight into the region's people and traditions.

Some of the major highlights of the ten day festival

  • Sarawak photographer K.F Wong’s 1940s-50s photos of the many ancient tribes in Sarawak, including the Dayak people
  • Photojournalist Jimmy Nelson’s images of indigenous communities
  • Photographer and botanist Ch’ien Lee’s stunning wildlife and nature photography
  • Sarawakian artist Kendy Mitot combines the traditional arts and culture with innovative mixed media works
  • Alena Murang, the musician, dancer and artist looks back at into the past at the nature and people of Borneo
  • Spencer Byles presents an outdoor exhibition of natural sculptures, using the rainforest as his canvas
  • A craft and vintage market selling vintage and contemporary artisan items
  • Daily film screenings
  • A colourful fashion show
  • Fascinating talks about British explorers and naturalists Charles Hose and Alfred Wallace

If you are fortunate enough to be in the area when the festival kicks off you are in for a treat. The Rainforest Fringe Festival takes place in the Old Court House, Kuching Amphitheatre, Waterfront Hotel and Culture Club. It has been organised thanks to a collaboration by Joe Sidek Productions, the local Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sport, Sarawak Tourism, and the Rainforest World Music Festival.


To help protect some of the worlds most vulnerable rainforest, please consider making a donation to the Rainforest Foundation.

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