Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Sign at Buddhist Temple in Penang

Rainforest World Music Festival

RWMF is a three-day music festival and takes places every July near Kuching (Sarawak, Borneo) with music workshops, cultural display and of course concerts of artists from all over the world.

This one-of-a-kind musical in the scenic and green setting of the Sarawak Cultural Village presents native musisicians from Borneo as well as world musician. Besides concerts in the evening it also features music workshops, lectures, jamming sessisons and more during the day. The Rainforest World Music Festival attracts over 20,000 visitors.

What?
Traditional music and World Fusion

Where?
The festival takes place in Sarawak Cultural Village, about 45min drive outside of Kuching, the capital of Sarawak (East Malaysia / Borneo).

When?
The festival takes places every year in July since 1997.
The next Rainforest Music Festival: Jul 14 - Jul 16, 2017

Ticket
Tickets cost around RM380 for a three-day pass nd RM150 for a one-day pass.

Links
official website
photos of the festival

 

map
the festival takes places within the tropical compound of the Sarawak Cultural Village

 


30min documentary about the festival by Limkokwing University (2015)