2019 Programmes

Programme Line-Up. Watch out for updates!

Lembaran Emas: Songket and Keringkam of Sarawak

New Dewan Undangan Negeri, 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.

Primates: At the Origin

The Old Court House

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.

International Indigenous Film Festival Kuching

The Old Court House

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.

Redesigning Bornean Experience

The Old Court House

A series of re-interpretation of Bornean sensory experiences through contemporary design and experimentation. Commissioned by RFF 2019 and curated by Borneo Laboratory, the series of events will take you on an experiential journey through taste, scent, and sight.

Asas Melayu

Various Locations

Sponsored by Old Kuching Smart Heritage, this is a series of culturally themed events, including Lembaran Emas, the fashion show and exhibition, talks and a public outdoor event.

The Market @ Borneo 744

Borneo 744

Join The Market @ Borneo 744 for a fun-filled weekend of music, art, children’s workshops, creative design/plants markets and performances. Indulge in food and drinks while you try out cashless shopping with dozens of brands featuring artisans, creative & collectors’ items from across the region and home-grown brands. Get yourself inked by tattoo artists from various communities in the region while you’re at it…..

Asas Melayu - Sponsored by Old Kuching Smart Heritage, this is a series of culturally themed events

Lembaran Emas: The Exhibition

Sarawak State Library

A Trilogy of Talks

The Old Courthouse

Malam Melayu

Kuching Waterfront

Redesigning Bornean Experience

READ - Launch of Borneo Laboratory

The Old Court House

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

TASTE - Plating The Wild

The Old Court House

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.

SCENT - Museum of Scents

The Old Court House

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.

SEE - 'Origin': The Bamboo Pavillion

The Old Court House

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

Other Highlights

Over Sarawak by David S.T. Loh

UOB Building, Main Bazaar Road

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

Jungle Fever by Marie Dargent

The Marian Boutique Lodging House

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

Museum of Kuching

The Old Court House

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.

PechaKucha SPARK

The Old Court House

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


Sarawak Multimedia Authority Office, Bangunan Yayasan Sarawak

Cendana's ACE Bootcamp provides space, resources, time and expertise to support artists’ and cultural workers’ ambitions and to help expand their ideas into tangible projects or projects onto wider platforms.

Song To The Earth feat. Kayan Parap

The Old Court House

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

The White Rajah of Sarawak

ACCPC Grand Hall, Kuching St. Joseph’s Cathedral

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

In Voices : Haunting Tales from Sarawak

The Old Court House

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.

LAPIS : Natural Edible Colours of Sarawak

The Old Court House

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

Movie Nights and Local Delights

Kuching Waterfront

A weekend of local food, films and fun!

Talk: Prehistoric Bornean Mammals

The Old Court House

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

JUNGLES: Rainforests Of The World

The Old Court House

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.

Connecting The Indigenous Dots

The Old Court House

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.

The Market

INK Kuching

The Old Court House

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.

Big Bad Wolf: The Bite-Sized Book Sale

Borneo 744

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.

Borneo Sape' Expo

Borneo 744

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

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys

Borneo 744

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

Let's Play Art Workshops

Borneo 744

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

Wave of Dimensions

Borneo 744

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

Pasar Glam


Pasar Glam is an initiative of pre-loved fashion with a head and heart that will be popping up at The Market@ Borneo 744 at the Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019.

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!

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.

Music and Drinks by NWHR

Borneo 744

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

Borneo 744

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

Artisans at The Market


Feast your eyes and buy creative and lifestyle products presented by artisans from Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia (Penang and KL), including some of the very best of Sarawak.

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