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Rainforest Fringe Festival
July 6, 2018 - July 15, 2018
When you think of the island of Borneo, what usually first springs to mind are lush rainforests and an abundance of exotic fauna. Perhaps less so is a host of world class art and culture, but the Rainforest Fringe Festival proves there’s no reason why a combination of both cannot be possible.
During a period of ten days, the best of Sarawak’s art, music, culture, craft, photography, film, food and heritage will be showcased in the heart of Kuching, the state’s capital. Returning for a second time after last year’s inaugural edition, the Rainforest Fringe Festival is expected to attract over 18,000 visitors.
The multitude of events will feature both local acts and collaborations with international artists, creators, performers and speakers. With its self-proclaimed vision of positioning Sarawak as a top cultural destination and putting it on the world map of arts, nature and history, the festival’s programme this year is brimming with world class acts, activities and exhibitions.
Sarawak’s indigenous groups will open the festival with dance, songs, sounds and chants, combining the traditional with the contemporary featuring New York-based dancer and choreographer Raziman Sarbini. Also performing on the opening night will be the celebrated Kuchin-born soprano Dewi Liana Seriestha and the Paiwan Tribe from Taiwan starring theatre director and international actor (Life of Pi) Hao-Hsiang Hsu and Paiwan ancient singer Seredaw Tariyaljan who performed at the 55th Grammy Awards.
While in Borneo, why not visit Sabah: Land of Mountains, Rainforest and Orangutan.
Other highlights of the Festival include First People Party with the soul band Electric Fields performing alongside Sarawak’s own At Adau and Pete Kalang; an interactive series of creative programmes encouraging innovative use of bamboo and wood; a showcase of the best of Sarawakian artisanal products including wood and bamboo designs, antiques, exotic plants, books, fashion, street food and more; screenings of films and documentaries; and exhibitions of stunning photography, visual art and installations.
Also on the menu are yoga retreats in the forest and garden parties with a line-up of local and international DJs.
Most events will take place at Borneo744 and the Old Courthouse, with other standalone events hosted in places around Kuching. All the shows, installations and exhibitions are free upon registration for the public. For the Sarawak the Indigenous Journey performance and the First People Party concert you will also only need to register online to attend.
For further details, visit http://www.rainforestfringe.com/
Cover image: At Adau Group (credit – Rustic Photography)