By Sarawak Tourism Board on February 3, 2020


KUCHING, 3 FEBRUARY 2020 – Sarawak’s iconic Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has maintained its position of No.8 in the “Global Top 10” of the Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC) Festival Awards 2019.

The RWMF 2019 is the only award-winning festival from Malaysia to vie for the top 10 spots in the second TWMC Festival Awards. Launched in 2018, the awards aim to inspire an appreciation towards music from the different cultures of the world and as a tool to develop music scenario of people in many areas of life.

TWMC praised RWMF for its “huge vision for gathering the strengths to create such an immersive event.” The 22nd Rainforest World Music Festival held in 2019, saw a record turnout of 23,650 festival goers, coming from many parts of the world.


RWMF 2019 had a line up featuring 30 bands and over 200 performers to deliver mesmerizing performances at the main stages and mini sessions. Besides international performers, it also provided a platform for local bands to showcase their talents through traditional melodies and rhythms of different indigenous tribes in Sarawak.

Performance by Darmas at RWMF 2019

Performance by Darmas at RWMF 2019.

Transglobal World Music Chart co-founder and Festival Awards coordinator Araceli Tzigane Sánchez said TWMC was proud that the festivals had shown improvement and looked forward to a great 2020 edition.

RWMF 2019 had also earned itself a winning criteria for the TWMC Festival Awards 2019 as it was closely aligned with responsible tourism and green initiatives policy as the forefront of the festival’s planning. “In line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, STB had taken the extra mile to incorporate green initiatives into various aspects of the festival, to ensure its sustainability as well as enhancing guests’ experience with a greener note,” said STB Chief Executive Officer, Puan Sharzede Datu Haji Salleh Askor.

This included encouraging festival goers to bring along their own bottles through which they could refill at water dispensing stations placed around the festival ground and reduce the usage of plastic bottles. For waste management strategy, the festival also worked with various agencies to come up with eye-catching designs on recycle bins, such as the ‘UrBins’ project to encourage recycling, as well as a tree planting initiative.


RWMF which began with a very small audience of 300, now sees an audience of about 24,000 and has received worldwide recognition besides winning multiple awards.

The 23rd Rainforest World Music Festival will be held from July 10 to 12, 2020 in Kuching, Sarawak.


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