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KUCHING, 20 March 2014 – Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has been voted for the 5th consecutive year in 2014, as one of the 25 best International Festivals by renowned world music magazine, Songlines.

Rainforest World Music Festival stands among other renowned festivals like WOMAD Australia and New Zealand, Ulsan World Music Festival, South Korea and Kriol Jazz Festival, Cape Verde among others. According to the editorial team of Songlines the “Selection of the festival is based on the broad representation of the quality and scope of music festivals around the world”.

The Festival, now in its 17th year and held annually in Kuching, Sarawak, eastern state of Malaysia has put Sarawak on the world map. It brings dazzling performances from across the globe attracting more than 20,000 international and local festival-goers to the magical land of Borneo for three days of daytime music workshops and action-packed nightly shows.  The event this year will be held from June 20-22.

Sarawak Tourism Board ‘s (STB) CEO Dato Rashid Khan said,” The event has no doubt been a contributor of tourist arrivals to the state and as the organizer of the festival, we are proud to note that our efforts have been recognized, not only once or twice but for 5 consecutive years. We will be putting together another great act this year ”.

Total visitor arrivals to the state have increased 7.4% to 4.37 million tourist arrivals as of 31 December 2013, when compared to the same period last year. Both foreign and domestic arrivals increased but domestic arrivals increased by an impressive 19% to 1.7million from 1.4million. By having more events in the State, STB hopes to encourage more tourists to come.

While for this year’s event, early bird tickets to the festival is still available until 31 March and can now be bought online. For more information and updates please log on to

Nunukul Yuggera (Australia) performers 2013

Nunukul Yuggera (Australia) performers 2013

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Corporate Communications Unit

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