135 Volunteers selected for RWMF 2013

RWMF 2013 Volunteers

135 Volunteers selected for RWMF 2013

The 16th edition of Rainforest World Music Festival 2-13 (RWMF) are welcoming 135 volunteers among the public. The volunteers will get an opportunity to gain experience, working at this annual music festival that ranked among the best 25 international festivals in the world.

The festival Secretariat received more than 400 applicants from 5 countries worldwide over the last few months. 50 will work in the Schleppers unit who will actively involve executing the logistics, technical and operational aspects on stage. The remaining volunteers will work at the Secretariat, Media Centre, Merchandise stalls, Access Control, Survey and other smaller festival segments.

“It has been a tradition of the festival, providing this platform to the volunteers among the public to gain experience in managing the event”, said Director of Corporate Communications – Sarawak Tourism Board, Madam Angelina Bateman. Adding to that, most of the applicants were received from those who highly qualified. Thus the festival depends much on their expertise and interest, she added.

Every year, RWMF is like a family ‘get-together’ when most of them return to volunteer at the festival. The commitments from the volunteers are wonderful and they are ready to help while enjoying their job at the festival. The RWMF Artistic Director, Ms Jun Lin said, “Working on a big many-layered production like the Rainforest fest is complex, hard work and 600% concentration. Having a strong and supportive team is essential. Then we all have a great festival”.

The festival provides the volunteers with complimentary entry to the festival, accommodation as well as Festival’s T-Shirt which to be worn while on duty. They will also receive a certificate of volunteering, which will make an additional reference in their biographies. The volunteers will work on shifts during 3-days event over the weekend from 28-30 June.

135 volunteers will be assigned to look after 21 bands confirmed for the RWMF this year. The bands are Rafly Wa Saja (Acheh, Indonesia), Mohsen Sharifian & The Lian Band (Iran), Nunukul Yuggera (Australia), Habadekuk (Denmark), Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble (South Africa), Spiritual Seasons (Ukraine), Pine Leaf Boys (USA), Chet Nuneta (France), Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica (Columbia), Kries (Croatia), Kila (Ireland), Alp Bora (Austria) and Palsandae : Korean Performing Arts (Korea).

The international bands will be joined by Sarawak and Malaysian bands like Madeeh (Bidayuh traditional root), Juk Wan Emang (nose flute of Kayan), Native Chanting (oral blessings from the various indigenous tribes of Borneo), Maya Green (Sape), Rhythm in Bronze (Gong and Gamelan), Lan E’ Tuyang (Sape and Orang Ulu dance), Sarawak Drums (percussion instruments of Sarawak) and Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music Ensemble (Chinese traditional interwoven with Sarawak flavour).

Before the RWMF, there will be the Borneo World Music Expo 2013 which is being held at Kuching’s Pullman Hotel from the 24-26 June 2013 as a build up to the main event. This is also the first time the event is being held  here where it includes conferences, workshops, networking sessions, trade fair and musical showcases. The event is targeted for musician and artists to develop new contacts and global reach.

RWMF Tickets are priced at: RM120 for adults and RM60 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available on line at www.ticketcharge.com.my. A 3-day pass for adults costing RM330 and RM160 for children aged 3 to 12 are also available. For last minute attendees, please double check your accommodations as usually all the hotels would be sold out. More details available on website at www.rwmf.net. See you at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2013 in Sarawak, Borneo.

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Rainforest World Music Festival Sarawak

RWMF 2013

Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak

Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is happening on this June 28-30 at the Sarawak Cultural Village which is just out of Kuching city. YB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg – Minister of Housing & Minister of Tourism, Sarawak announced this today at a press conference held at Plaza Merdeka, Kuching.

The Minister also proudly announced the ‘BrandLaureate Country Branding Award 2012-2013’ awarded to the festival in a glittering ceremony in Kuala Lumpur recently. The BrandLaureate Awards is the Grammy Awards for branding and the No.1 branding awards in the Asia Pacific and is endorsed by the King of Malaysia.

Once again this year, the Festival was voted for the 4th consecutive year as the top 25 best International Festivals by the renowned world music magazine, Songlines, in UK. The winning award and recognition has elevated its status in the international music scene as a festival which has well and truly put Sarawak on the world tourism map. It also extends its appeal to shores further from neighbouring countries.

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Through Sarawak Tourism Board’s promotional and marketing effort overseas, RWMF packages are promoted from as far as London and the regions nearby like Brunei and also Peninsula Malaysia. These travel packages enable visitors to come and visit Sarawak not only for the festival but also to explore and experience the adventure in Sarawak.

This year will be another exciting year and the organizer has promised the best line-up on stage from 21 bands which consist of 13 international and 8 Malaysian bands playing a diverse range of world music genres. The festival will continue its unique formula of having the afternoon informative musical workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming session and mini concerts held in the ethnic houses within the village. This session precedes the evening performances on two main stages outdoor with the jungle ambience.

The festival will showcase more of Sarawak’s local talent compared to the previous years. This is in line with the feedback received from the festival-goers from the previous festivals. The chances of sharing the same stage with international acts will enable our local musicians to be exposed to the international music scene. Amongst the wide range of traditional music from Sarawak to be featured this time will be the rare and dying art of the nose flute as well as Sarawak and Malaysian folk music interwoven with Chinese traditional instruments.

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The exciting and eclectic line-up for this year’s RWMF has now been finalized. To date, the organizers have confirmed performers from Indonesia (Rafly Wa Saja), Iran (Mohsen Sharifian & The Lian Band), Australia (Nunukul Yuggera), Denmark (Habadekuk), South Africa (Dizu Plaatzies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble), Ukraine (Spiritual Seasons), USA (Pine Leaf Boys), France (Chet Nuneta), Columbia (Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica), Croatia (Kries), Ireland (Kila), Austria (Alp Bora) and Korea (Palsandae). They will be joined by Sarawak and Malaysian bands like Madeeh (Bidayuh traditional root), Juk Wan Emang (nose flute of Kayan), Native Chanting (oral blessings from the various indigenous tribes of Borneo), Maya Green (Sape), Rhythm in Bronze (Gong and Gamelan), Lan E Tuyang (Sape and Orang Ulu dance), Sarawak Drums (percussion instruments of Sarawak) and Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music Ensemble (Chinese traditional interwoven with Sarawak flavour).

For most visitors to the state, the Rainforest World Music Festival is a not-to-be-missed occasion, guaranteeing a smashing time of a visit to Malaysia. RWMF is where people from different culture, backgrounds and music interests will come together to have the time of their lives.

Daily tickets priced at RM120 for adults and RM60 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available on line at http://www.ticketcharge.com.my. A 3-day pass for adults costing RM330 and RM160 for children aged 3 to 12 are also available.

For 2013, the Organizers hope to attract a crowd of 23,000 for the 3 nights against the 22,290 festival attendees in 2012. Out of this, the Board hopes to attract 80% visitors from outside Sarawak. This will thus augur well for the local business community and also contribute to a significant number of visitors’ arrivals into Sarawak as a whole. For more information, log on to http://www.rwmf.net

Borneo Jazz Festival 2013

BJF 2013

Borneo Jazz Festival 2013

The Borneo Jazz Festival 2013 full line-up was announced by Sarawak Tourism Board for the 8th edition of this stunning jazz festival that is set to take place at Parkcity Everly Hotel in Miri, Sarawak from 10-11 May this year. As after a successful 7 festivals, this year’s festival will be the most diverse in term of musical genres that would cater to all types of jazz fans.

This is also dubbed to be among the prestigious Jazz Festival in Malaysia and set to draw bigger number of fans this year, the festival will see for the first time, the energetic spicy groovy funk group from Germany, Mo’Blow who are described by Berliner Zeitung as “one of the hottest live bands”. The other international act confirmed is Hazmat Modine from the East-Coast of USA. Their song “Bahamut” will be used on the Fox television show “So You Think You Can Dance?.

The other international acts confirmed for the Borneo Jazz this year include, the energetic and toe-tapping music by Jump4Joy from Sweden that is popular energy entertainment group with a strong New Orleans flavor. A capella jazz group from Canada, The Nylons well known for their slick performance and most heralded vocal groups in the world with seven gold and platinum records. Represented by members from Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and Thailand, The Asian Jazz All Stars Power Quarter is the big names
of the Asian jazz circle, which consists of the most innovative and exciting drummers to emerge in the Asian jazz scene. Scott Martin Latin Soul Band from West-Coast of USA has performed all over the world with many artists but best known for his successful tenure winning a Grammy. Last but not least, the ethno jazz musician and artist from Australia, Lisa Young Quartet the winner of “Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 2007” and was re-nominated in 2012.

As the Borneo Jazz name suggest, the organizer wish that the Borneo element to be presented by the local talent on this international platform. Deserved to be on stage will be the West Jazz Band from Sarawak who will play the fusion jazz and everything from Swing to Latin to electrifying funk jazz music.

Sarawak Tourism Board will also continue with its internship and volunteer programme, which was first initiated in 2011. “In this program we will provide a unique learning experience for international volunteers and interns whilst at the same time being exposed to the product experiences of Sarawak’s culture, nature and adventure on the island of Borneo” says Dato’ Rashid Khan, Chief Executive Office of Sarawak Tourism Board. The Board will also collaborate with the academia as part of an industry advisory platform in enhancing the quality of graduates that is relevant to the need of the industry and to undertake this initiative as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility program. The aim is to have majority of the students participating in this program from outside Sarawak. This is another step towards bringing the festival to the international stage. STB will also invite school bands to perform at the venue to expose them to such an international event.

The Board is also collaborating with the private sector to design packages to attract visitors not only from neighbouring Brunei and Singapore but also from the region and overseas. With these travel packages, visitors would be able to attend the festival and at the same time they can travel to various places of interest within Miri and its surrounding.

Apart from the main shows on 10-11 May, the event will consist of Previews on the 7 & 8 May in Kuala Lumpur. There will also be fringe events comprising of Craft Bazaar that offered to local craftsmen and artisans as a venue to display the local handicrafts and arts for sale.

Since the past few editions of Borneo Jazz, the Board has sought to lessen the carbon footprint of the festival by following green initiatives during the festival. This year, the Board will continue organizing a tree planting ceremony that will be held at Curtin University Sarawak campus in Miri.

Borneo Jazz has grown steadily since its first edition in 2005, going from 3,000 spectators eight years ago to over 8,000 last year. This growth is a reflection of the successful plan and promotion by the Board over these years. In a whole, it is also a sign of growing appeal of jazz enthusiast around the region.

Organiser is expecting an influx of 9,000 fans from both local and international for this year’s two-days festival. This will thus augur well for the local business community and also contribute to a significant number of visitor’s arrivals into Sarawak as a whole. The festival will also have stalls selling a wide variety of local and fusion food and beverages as well as stalls selling festival memorabilia at the venue.

Tickets for the main shows are priced at RM63 for adults and RM33 for children aged 3-12 and RM103 for a 2-day pass for adults and RM53 for children. All tickets available on Internet purchase only at http://www.jazzborneo.com or http://www.ticketcharge.com.my. For enquiries, contact STB Leisure & Property at leisure@sarawaktourism.com (email) or +6 082-239171 (office hours only, 8:00AM – 5:00PM) This festival is organized by Sarawak Tourism Board, supported by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism Sarawak and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia for the 8th edition of the Borneo Jazz Festival 2013.