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.

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

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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)