Monday, July 02, 2007
2007 is the 10th Anniversary of the Rainforest World Music Festival. It is going to be a massive reunion party where only bands who have played over the last 9 years will be returning to Santubong where the festival is held. Over 20,000 people are expected to converge under the night stars and canopy of the rainforest in the Sarawak Cultural Village. With a performers line up from all over the world, it will be an aural buffet of all sorts for everyone. The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of Borneo. The festival will have a total of 19 bands. Each of the bands will have the opportunity to play at least once on main stage, while most will be taking part in the various workshops, some of which would be interactive ones throughout the three days. The festival site also sets up a variety of food and drink stalls, an arts and crafts area as well as a counter for festival memorabilia, Sarawak souvenirs and CDs by the performing artists, all this contributing to a fun filled, wholesome festival experience. World Music plus a country fair atmosphere in the midst of lush greenery! The festival is organized by the Sarawak Tourism Board and it will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong on the 13th, 14th and 15th of July. Tickets are already on sale and can be bought online at http://www.ticketcharge.com.my/ as well as at all Visitor Information Centres in Kuching, Miri and Sibu. Tickets are priced at RM80 for a one day Adult Pass, and RM200 for a 3-day Adult Pass. Children aged 3 – 12 years of age can purchase half priced tickets. Evening shows will start at dusk from 7.30 pm while numerous workshops will be held at different longhouses at the Sarawak Cultural Village in the afternoons. More information on the festival can also be found on the website www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
The air in the beautiful resort island of Penang will be filled with enchanting melodies originating from various parts of the world this July, as the world-renowned musicians Malaysia as well as from overseas, converge in harmonic fusion at the “World Music Festival 2007 – Penang”.
The festival spans over for three consecutive days, starting from 20 to 22 July. It is organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia jointly with Tourism Malaysia, Penang Tourism Action Council and Sarawak Tourism Board. This is the first of such grand scale festival ever held in Penang and is one of Visit Malaysia Year 2007 main events.
Audiences will enjoy enthralling shows from 14 bands performing music from cultural or community-inspired roots. Each band – 11 international bands and three Malaysian ones, while vastly different from the next one, will showcase a very strong ethnic edge and identity with traditional instruments being a focal point. Overall, there will be almost 100 musicians here for the festival.
The venue that has been selected to host this event is the newly-launched Quarry Garden, situated just left of the entrance to the famous Botanical Garden, amidst the lush trees and tropical foliage surrounding the whole area.
The combination of the powerful music and the magic allure of the venue will definitely be the web-spinners for the “World Music Festival 2007 – Penang”. With the wide range of quality hotels available in Penang, the organisers expect a big number of world music fans to be making their way to Penang for a mind blowing immersion of music and revelry.
For more information, please visit: http://www.penangworldmusicfestival.com/ for schedule and ticket prices.