Rainforest Fringe Festival
returns this year!

Taking place from the 5th of July until the 12th of July 2019, Rainforest Fringe Festival will bring the very best of Sarawak’s music, art, craft, film, photography, food, and culture.

Much more than an adventure destination, experience another side of Sarawak through its history, nature, and culture. The festival will be filled with spellbinding sights, superb sounds, and tantalising tastes of Sarawak in the heart of Kuching.


Rainforest Fringe Festival is a prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival , 12th of July-14th of July and Borneo Jazz Festival, 19th -21st July.  

“I’m torn between telling people how wonderful Kuching is and keeping it a precious secret -it’s such an underrated gem.”

– Mayo Martin, Channel News Asia, Singapore

“....RFF 2017 was really as extensive and satiating as entire buffet of culture by itself.”

-Akanksha Raja, Arts Equator , Singapore

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Click here to see the full 2018 programme or click here to download RFF 2018 booklet

“The Rainforest Fringe Festival is all about Sarawak and is for everyone. It will be an exciting time for all to come together and be immersed in art, nature, history, tradition, culture and fun.” - Joe Sidek, RFF Director

Programme 2019

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International Indigenous Film Festival

A festival-in-a-festival curated by David Metcalf and Emmanuela Shinta of indigenous film screenings, workshops for young filmmakers, dialogues with prominent indigenous filmmakers and networking sessions running throughout RFF2019.

Primates : At the Origin

Featuring Ghaffar Pourazar, Liu Yong Sean, Lim Pei Ern, choreographer Jitti Chompee and other locally cast dancers , the show is performed to live music by Orang-Orang Drum Theatre on a site specific bamboo/wooden stage within The Old Court House designed and constructed by architect and curator Wendy Teo.

Rainforests Of The World by Ch'ien Lee

In this photographic exhibition, Ch’ien Lee aims to inspire a deeper understanding of these magical places, their incredible diversity, and how their continued existence is vital for the health of the entire planet.

INK Kuching

A 5-day showcase on the art of tattoos from the region. Come and get yourself inked!

READ - Launch of Borneo Laboratory

A book launch and exhibition about Borneo Laboratory, a laboratory for contemporary art and culture of Borneo.

TASTE - Plating The Wild

A dining club and exhibition featuring tastes collated from Bornean nature.

SCENT - The Museum of Scent

A collection of natural scents from plants of Borneo and their stories.

Over Sarawak by David S.T. Loh

A festival-commissioned project showcasing the best of Sarawak landscape and scenery via aerial photography.

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys

Come play with Bongo and Congo, the "not to be missed" monkey puppet duo all the way from Australia!

Museum of Kuching

The first museum exhibition to focus on the history of Kuching as a ‘community of communities’, this exhibition will lead visitors on a journey through the historical and social development of a very special community, here in the capital of Sarawak.

Jungle Fever by Marie Dargent

Fifty loose-hanging, hundred-year old cotton strips with striking acrylic colours, using stenciled cut-outs made of jungle motifs. This is the awe-inspiring exhibition.

PechaKucha SPARK

PechaKucha SPARK inspires to bring creative, passionate young people (Age 20 and below) together to network, meet and show their work in public.

Song To The Earth Featuring Kayan Parap

Come and enjoy the stirring, groundbreaking musical cross-country collaboration between Adrian Jo Milang and musicians from Australia.

The White Rajah of Sarawak

Restaging of the widely-acclaimed original musical theater by St Joseph's Private School.

In Voices : Haunting Tales from Sarawak

An evening of tingling tales.

Let's Play Art Workshops

A series of art workshops organized by Fun Art Club for adults and children. Click in for more info and register!

LAPIS : Natural Edible Colours of Sarawak

Curious about how Kek Lapis, a layered baked product originating from the Dutch, is now a cultural and heritage icon for Sarawak as well as many old Dutch territories in Indonesia?

Movie Nights and Local Delights

A weekend of local food, films and fun!



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Special Events

Rainforest World Music Festival

A unique festival that brings together renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo.


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