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Our first ever Rainforest Waterfront Fest – Talent Search Winner

Creating a record of sort, The ‘Rhythm of Borneo’ won the Talent Search contest, posing with their spoils, together with the CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board, Dato Rashid Khan. The winner will perform @Dewan Lagenda, Sarawak Cultural Village during the festival on Friday 8th July from 6.00-6.30pm.

14 years! What a history! Created in July 1998 the RWMF is today much more than one simple festival! It now naturally found its place in the heart of Borneo Island, and leaves us imagining all the possible ways to ensure people enjoy the world of music. The Festival is well established and proposes a dynamic program, open to the magic atmosphere of the world music.

In conjunction with the RWMF 2011, a TALENT SEARCH has been initiated (a search for local talents) orchestrated by Sara Urusharta Pte Ltd and STB Leisure and Properties Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Sarawak Tourism Board.

It is a music contest, for artists from Sarawak and Sabah. The winner will be invited to play in RWMF 2011, side by side with internationals bands. By discovering and developing new artists, the festival can open doors for artists to connect with the public, managers, radio stations etc, thus creating a platform for local artists and as a result for the Sarawak culture.

More than just a simple project, “RWM Waterfront Fest – 2011” is specially a cultural project in its constant desire to find new possibilities of diffusion for as many people as possible, to form new meetings, to reinvent new musical actions and to establish regional artistic networks.


The contest will take place in the Waterfront Amphitheater during the month of June, with the finals set on 1 and 2 July 2011.



  • Contestant must be a permanent resident of Sabah & Sarawak.
  • Each group must feature at least two traditional acoustic musical instruments, although they may be amplified (eg. An electric sape).
  • Maximum 8 people per group
  • Must be a world music band (music of, or stemming from a traditional culture), elements of others rhythms are welcome as long as they do not dominate. Can be completely traditional to totally fusion.



Each contestant should prepare a program of at least 20 and not more than 25 minutes playing time. Contestants may select their own program.


Registration deadline

The competition closing date for registration is on 27 May, 2011. Registration information can be obtained at the contest’s website.


Registration Fee

There is a Non-Refundable registration fee of RM50.00 per entry together with the registration form and payment can be made by Cash or through Bank Draft/Money Order payable to:


Sara Urusharta Sdn Bhd

Unit R207, Level 2 Sarawak Plaza

Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman

93100 Kuching




Bank Acount:




How to Apply

Please download the Application form here and send it along with the registration fee to :


Sara Urusharta Sdn Bhd

Unit R207, Level 2 Sarawak Plaza

Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman

93100 Kuching



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