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For the first time in Rainforest Festival history, a Basque band from Spain will be performing. And for the first time also, the amazing sound of the mythical txalarpartas – an instrument made from long wooden boards and was nearly extinct in the 1950s will be heard.

The band just won an award for their documentary Nomadak TX where they took their txalaparta and rhythms and travelled to exotic countries to collaborate with the musicians. This cultural journey is the programme that they are bringing to the Rainforest. A moving and exciting Adventure of Encounters.

Oreka TX will be performing on Sunday, 15 July at Sarawak Cultural Village. The festival that has been voted for the third consecutive year as one of the Top 25 International Festivals by Songlines Magazine in UK, will be held from the 13 to 15 July 2012.

Other international act for this year’s festival will be Hata-The One (Malaysia/Korean/Turkey/Taiwan), Mamadou Diabate (Mali/ Burkina Faso), Danyel Waro (Reunion Islands), Kanda Bongo Man (Congo), Khusugtun (Mongolia), Le Trio Joubran (Palestine), La Zikabilo (France), Raiz De Cafezal (Brazil), String Sisters (Scotland/Ireland/Sweden/Norway/USA) and Cankisou (Czech Republic). Not forgeting the Malaysian act on stage will be Zee Avi (Malaysia/USA), The Diplomats of Drum (Kuala Lumpur), Rhythm of Borneo (Sarawak), Samuel Dass & Prakash (Kuala Lumpur) and The Music of Sarawak (Sarawak).

Tickets to the festival is availabe from the Visitors Information Centre (VIC) in Kuching, Sibu and Miri and also online at . The ticket are priced at RM110 for one-day pass and RM300 for three-day pass each for adult while tickets for children between three and 12 years old is priced at RM55 for one-day pass and RM150 for a  three-day pass each. If you want to watch the performance in style and comfort, you may do so by getting the ‘corporate seats’ at RM90 only.

The launching ceremony will be open to the public for the first time this year, and the organiser is offering entry tickets at RM80 with dinner and RM30 without dinner. This is the best chance for the festival goers to get closer to all bands and performers as well as to have their autograph in person.

Malaysia Airlines’s Enrich Card members will also be able to enjoy 30% discount for purchase of tickets at all VIC’s.

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