Ten-day Rainforest Fringe Fest returns for a second year

Guests enjoying one of the performances at last year’s Rainforest Fringe Festival, the first time it was organised.

KUCHING: The Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) is back for a second year with a line-up of programmes showcasing Sarawak’s rich cultural heritage.

Announcing the full list of events, festival director Joe Sidek said one of the highlights would be the ‘Sarawak: An Indigenous Journey’ live show, along with other showcases such as photography and art exhibitions, workshops, music, creative talks, markets and film screenings.

“Coming in to our second year, we have been inspired by the people of Sarawak and we hope that RFF will help set the motion for Sarawak pride.

“The planning of the festival has now come to fruition. RFF will start soon and the programmes would not have manifested without the help of the friends we have made in Sarawak who are part of the festival.

“This is truly a project that connects everyone together with the spirit of Sarawak weaved in,” he said.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said RFF brought together people from all walks of life in celebration of Sarawak.

“It is great to see the pool of Sarawakian talents come together to create the spirit of unity that we celebrate here.

Abdul Karim (front, centre) and Sidek (wearing songkok) with participants at the announcement of the Rainforest Fringe Festival’s full list of programmes in Kuching.
Abdul Karim (front, centre) and Sidek (wearing songkok) with participants at the announcement of the Rainforest Fringe Festival’s full list of programmes in Kuching.

“We recognise that cultural festivals are part of an emerging global phenomenon and RFF is an important component which will help drive Sarawak’s cultural and social economy,” he said.

This year, RFF is collaborating with Sarawakians as an integral part of the festival’s distinctiveness and growth.

Among others, it is working with creative talents in music, art and culture for the production of ‘Sarawak: An Indigenous Journey’, a contemporary interpretation of indigenous music from At Adau and Alena Murang.

For ‘Bamboo That Binds and Wood’, RFF is collaborating with the Borneo Arts Collective, UCSI University, local craftsmen and designers from Thailand and Taiwan for a series of bamboo-inspired programmes.

RFF is also working with Sarawak Culinary Heritage and Arts on a food festival, while The Market promises something for everyone, from pop-up fashion to Big Bad Wolf’s first book sale in Sarawak.

With ‘Forbidden Fruits’, Sarawak designers Jacqueline Fong of Tanoti, Rosemarie Wong of The Ranee, Edric Ong and IDC Architects are involved in an installation of large surreal woven fruits created by several indigenous female weaving communities.

Various events will be held at Borneo744, the Old Courthouse, Waterfront Hotel, Pullman Hotel and Cove 55 throughout the festival, which runs from July 6 to 15.

A 10-day prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival, RFF is hosted by the Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry in collaboration with the Sarawak Tourism Board.

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