July is a busy month for The Sarawak Tourism Board.
From July 5 to 21, the state will play host to three iconic music, arts and cultural festivals as part of its efforts to promote Sarawak as a tourist destination. Over 100 artists from all over the world will be performing in these events.
Kicking off the season is the Rainforest Fringe Festival in Kuching (July 5 to 12). This show brings together the best in Sarawak’s music, art and food industries. There will be photography exhibitions, screenings of indigenous-themed films, nature-related events and more. Admission is free.
The biggest of the three festivals is of course the annual Rainforest World Music Festival. The festival, now in its 22nd year, will run from July 12 to 14 and aims to attract over 20,000 festival-goers. It will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village near Kuching.
This year’s festival sees performers from countries including India, Bhutan, Canary Islands, Mauritius, Indonesia, Jamaica and Estonia.
Meanwhile, the Borneo Jazz Festival runs from July 19 to 21. This is the festival’s 14th year, and is one of the longest-running international jazz festivals in South-East Asia. It offers a stellar line-up of traditional and contemporary jazz performances by local and international artists from Italy, Mexico, Austria, Japan and United States.
The festival will be held at Coco Cabana in Marina Bay, Miri.
There will also be competitions for emerging musicians too – finalists get a chance to perform at any one of the festivals, and win cash prizes. The festivals will include green initiatives; there will be a “no single-use plastic bag” ruling and single-use plastic bottles will be banned throughout the events.