Back in June, I had the privilege to experience Rainforest World Music Festival for the first time, all thanks to MSN Malaysia and Heineken Malaysia. I loved it and am already looking forward to going again!
I accompanied a group of talented writers from Kuala Lumpur and we flew to Kuching with AirAsia. Our arrival was greeted by our lovely ‘caretakers’, Liv and Caydence, and after some photo ops, we beelined to the hotel (with a refreshment stop along the way). Our home for the next few days, Damai Puri Resort and Spa, is conveniently situated a short walk from the festival grounds and the beach.
Each year, the festival is held at Sarawak Cultural Village, a living museum of local heritage and rich ethnic diversity, which rests at the foothills of Mount Santubong. The Iban are said to be the first to inhabit Santubong, the name of which means ‘spirit boat’ in their native language.
A thoughtful Heineken care package of festival essentials awaited us in our rooms, and included sunblock and mosquito repellent. Good thing too, as I didn’t bring any! The sunblock immediately came in handy as I rushed in some sun, sea, and sand, as we had a little bit of time before the start of the festival.
The festival itself offers such a wide variety of things to do, that I was kept entertained for the entirety of the trip. From temporary tattoos to learning how to use a blowpipe, I loved that the activities and merchandise provided have such a uniquely local flair. Daytime workshops run by the visiting international and local performing artistes make it possible for festival-goers to learn from the best.
Walking around the cultural village gave me a strong sense of community, as people unabashedly jammed together and made friends along the way. The lush greenery and traditional wooden houses surround a small lake and make up the landscape of the festival grounds. It’s absolutely beautiful! I’ve never been to a festival so unique and where each experience was completely new to me. My article focused on these unique facets and if you haven’t already read it, you may find it below.