Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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Rainforest World Music Festival 2008

It's time again for the anual Rainforest World Music Festival at the Sarawak Cultural Village near Kuching (Sarawak, East Malaysia - Borneo). This unique music event will take place July 11 until July 13. Besides music performances visitors can attend workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts in the afternoon.
Tickets:
1-day pass RM90 (Children RM45)
3-day pass RM250 (Children RM100)
http://www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com/2007/en/ticket.htm

television report on the festival

Some clips from last years events:






Promo Clip for a documentary about the festival:

http://www.magickriver.net/rainforestDVD.htm


Program 2008:

Friday:
SENIDA (Sarawak)
AKASHA (Malaysia)
CHOLO VALDERAMMA (Colombia)
NEW ROPE STRING BAND (United Kingdom)
FADOMORSE (Portugal)
ADEL SALAMEH (Palestine)
PINIKPIKAN (Philippines)

Saturday:
KANI???D (Sarawak, Malaysia)
TUKU KAME (Sarawak)
BELTAINE (Poland)
ADEL SALAMEH (Palestine)
YAKANDE (Gambia/Guinea)
HIROSHI MOTOFUJI (Japan)
SHELDON BLACKMAN (Trinidad & Tobago)

Saturday:
NEW ROPE STRING BAND (United Kingdom)
ORCHESTRA ANAK JATI BISAYA (Sarawak)
HIROSHI MOTOFUJI (Japan)
OIKYOTAAN (India)
ROSS DALY (Greece)
KASAI MASAI (Congo/UK)





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