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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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“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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Music and Drinks by NWHR

Come check out and chill with the entertainment and NWHR. Merging the best of both worlds, NWHR is back in the black box.

Collectors Plant Market

Yes, it's coming! Collectors Plant market on the weekend of 6 & 7 July at Borneo 744's The market.

TASTE - Plating The Wild

Featuring tastes and ingredients collated from Borneo nature, this Dining Club event and Exhibition take you to one of the most primal of the senses - Taste.

Primates: At the Origin

Featuring UK-born Iranian Ghaffar Pourazar, the first foreigner to play the role of Monkey King in the famous Beijing Opera; award-winning Thai choreographer Jitti Chompee; Korean-based Penang dancer/choreographer Liu Yong Sean, dancer Lim Pei Ern from Sabah, international and locally cast dancers.

READ - Launch of Borneo Laboratory

The book entitled Borneo Laboratory, will be launched at the festival on 5th July. A mini exhibition follows for public viewing.

SCENT - Museum of Scents

An experiential exhibition - Get whisked off on a journey to discover the history of the Bornean rainforests and learn of all of its benefits, through scents.

Wave of Dimensions

Combining art and science, Tab Creative presents a pair of kinetic light installations. An RFF2019 commission.

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys

A clever combination of puppetry, live music, comedy, and heart-warming themes, resulting in a funny and engaging show for the whole family.

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 stencilled cut-outs made of jungle motifs. This is the exhibition by Marie Dargent

PechaKucha SPARK

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

Song To The Earth feat. 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

Curated by Shireen Zainudin and Alasdair Clayre, In Voices is a platform for Sarawak’s rich tradition of oral storytelling. The programme presents an evening of tingling tales by local and tribal oral storytellers generously sharing this valuable snapshot of invisible heritage.

Let's Play Art Workshops

This is a series of workshops suitable for children conducted by Fun Art Club. Secure a seat for your kid.

Connecting The Indigenous Dots

A talk/discussion on the subject of genetic histories and links of indigenous cultures in the region. The highlight panel of speakers include: Dr Jean Trejaut from Mackey Memorial Hospital Taipei, Dr Maude Phipps from Monash University, Dr Poline Bala from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Mr Timothy Jinam who is a native Bidayuh from Bau district, Sarawak.

Movie Nights and Local Delights

A weekend of local food, films and fun!

Talk: Prehistoric Bornean Mammals

A talk presented by Mr Lim Tze Tshen on the 45,000-year record of prehistoric Bornean mammals discovered in Niah Caves.

Borneo Sape' Expo

An event which highlights the traditional musical instrument –the sape’, through booth exhibition, workshops for beginners, clinics for stage performers and performances.

Big Bad Wolf: The Bite-Sized Book Sale

Returning to Kuching, Sarawak for the second time, Big Bad Wolf is offering another special selection of curated books in a bite-sized edition of the annual Kuala Lumpur Sale.

JUNGLES: Rainforests Of The World

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.

Pop Up Taiwan

Sponsored by the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office [TECO] in Kuala Lumpur, and curated by RFF2019, Pop Up Taiwan brings to you, a collection of lifestyle and creative design products. You would be hard pressed to find a reason not to attend this craft show and market, a first in Kuching!

INK Kuching

An international tattoo showcase, presenting 5 days of the art of tattoo – learn the true meaning of tattoos and while you are at it, get yourself inked by modern, traditional and indigenous artists from Sarawak and the world.

LAPIS : Natural Edible Colours of Sarawak

Immerse yourself in the demonstrations of colours, and the making of lapis designs and the taste of kek lapis and various teas!

Over Sarawak by David S.T. Loh

Commissioned by RFF2019, this photography exhibition by David S.T. Loh presents drone camera scenes from all over the state of Sarawak.

Lembaran Emas: Songket and Keringkam of Sarawak

A special RFF commission, this is the Opening Show of RFF2019, under the series Asas Melayu. This fashion show will present unique Sarawak songket and keringkam designs by Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi and Tanoti House, in collaboration with emerging textile artisans.

SEE - 'Origin': The Bamboo Pavillion

An RFF-commissioned bamboo installation project conceived, designed and organized by Wendy Teo of Borneo Laboratory situated in the heart of Kuching.

International Indigenous Film Festival Kuching

A festival-in-a-festival curated by David Metcalf and Emmanuela Shinta, this 6-day festival includes indigenous film screenings, workshops for young filmmakers, dialogues with prominent indigenous filmmakers and networking sessions running throughout RFF2019.

The Party with Tomas Ford and April Red

Taiwan-based electronic APRIL RED embodies a harmonious fusion between music from the East and West by blending a variety of electronic styles with traditional Chinese and indigenous sounds.



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