2018 Programmes

It starts from the roots...

SARAWAK: An Indigenous Journey

The Waterfront Hotel & Borneo 744

A spectacle, a trip, a celestial passage – plunging back to the roots of nature. Rainforest Fringe Festival presents the preview of Sarawak: An Indigenous Journey.

First People Party

Black Box, Borneo744

Celebrating the “orang asal” with an atmospheric evening of performances, featuring the exhilarating Electric Fields alongside Sarawak’s own (and RFF2017 favourites) At Adau and Pete Kallang.

Other Highlights

Yoga in the Wild

Cove 55

Introducing Sarawak as the intact and untouched space for a clear mind. Join a small group of festivalgoers and enjoy a three-day bodily and spiritual retreat amidst the lush forest brought to you by Under Armour.

The Rainforest Stories


A set of screenings of films and documentaries that pay homage to Sarawakian culture.

The Market


The best of Sarawakian artisanal products: wood and bamboo designs and crafts, antiques, exotic plants, books, fashion, food, and more.

Bamboo That Binds & Wood

The Instrument: Bamboo Musical Installation


The striking public installation of a giant bamboo musical instrument, with Wendy Teo collaborating with Indonesian experimental music band Karinding Attack to create a site specific music sphere.

Creative Forum

Black Box, Borneo744

International speakers present individual talks on bamboo design and product creation, with speakers from the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, and Australia.

Redesigning Bornean Crafts


Bringing together designers from Thailand and Taiwan with local craftsmen to showcase what happens when international design embraces local craftsmanship.



The Old Courthouse

National Geographic Society Fellow Chris Rainier exhibits Tattoos, a photography collection focusing on world tribal tattoos, showcasing how human skin can become “a map of culture and myth, a sacred geography of the soul”.

Men : Women & Symbols

The Old Courthouse

A photography exhibition showcasing Sarawak’s band of new game changers, and the stories behind traditional tattoos.

Ancient Trees

The Pullman Hotel

The magnificent exhibition by Beth Moon, showing stunning natural photography of the world’s oldest trees. Her photographs have been internationally celebrated, described as “a collection of beautiful, stoic images that feel suspended in time.”-WIRED

Forgotten Beauty

The Old Courthouse

Forgotten Beauty is an exhibition of stunning, intricate portraits of Sarawakian tribal elders. The paintings draw attention to specific, unique adornments symbolic to the elders’ tribes, including tattoos, stretched earlobes, and styles of dress.

Borneo People: A Photographic Journey

The Old Courthouse

Dennis Lau presents Borneo People: A Photographic Journey, a rare exhibition of Sarawak’s native people, photographed by a man granted an unusual insight into the indigenous communities.

An Introduction to the White Ranee

The Old Courthouse

This exhibition explores the extraordinary life and pioneering efforts of Margaret De Windt, a key figure in the early history of Sarawak’s progress.

The Carpenter Street

Carpenter Street

Siew Thiam Lok presents an open gallery drawing attention to the history and future of the famous Carpenter Street, with the photographs on display on the street.


Forbidden Fruits


An installation of large, surreal woven fruits, created by several indigenous female weaving communities working with the leading luminaries of Sarawak design.

Sarawakia Malpighiales Wallacei

The Old Courthouse / Borneo744

A great, glass sculpture of a flower, specially designed and produced to pay tribute to the British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace who did extensive fieldwork in the Malay Archipelago.

Forgotten Forest

The Old Courthouse

A striking tree root sculpture installation with video mapping light shows, drawing attention to the sustainability issues facing the tropical rainforests of Borneo.

Other Events

Electric Fields


Fresh from performing at the First People Party, Electric Fields present an individual concert on Sunday 8th July.

Sarawak Culinary Heritage

India Street Pedestrian Mall

Join the Sarawak Culinary Heritage and Arts Committee as they bring you on a culinary adventure, allowing visitors and locals alike to experience and enjoy Sarawak’s ethnic foods.


The Old Courthouse (Auditorium)

A series of talks on Sarawak presented over the course of the Festival, curated by the Friends of Sarawak Museum & Sarawak Museum.

NowHere Party

Black Box , Borneo 744

A party playing host to emerging and unique DJs, with a line-up of artists from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Kuching.

Borneo Bengkel: Exhibition & Workshop


Borneo Bengkel presents a thematic art exhibition showcasing pyrography and woodcut art and a series of four workshops.

Voices of Sarawak

Black Box, Borneo 744

Local bands perform authentic music of Sarawak, featuring experimental traditional and modern fusion band Pinanak Sentah, soul nusantra folk band Rawi, and tribal contemporary band Suk Binie’.

Cyanotype Workshop


A unique photographic printing workshop based on a process invented in 1842, which required sunlight to create a cyanotype. Use traditional methods and materials to make your own postcard.

Moonshop Forest Workshops


Workshops presented by Moonshop Gallery, a plant design laboratory specialising in tropical ornamental forests.

Big Bad Wolf


The bite-sized book sale - a special selection of curated books at the Rainforest Fringe Festival from Kuala Lumpur's famous book sale, Big Bad Wolf.

Partner Programmes

Brooke Gallery Tour

Brooke Gallery

Visit the Brooke Gallery for free guided tours throughout the duration of RFF, and learn the story of one of the most remarkable kingdoms in history: Sarawak and its ‘White Rajahs’.

Urang Sarawak Exhibition

Sarawak Museum

Sarawak Museum presents a guided tour of the Urang Sarawak Exhibition at the museum, given by the curator.

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