RFF 2019 to feature over 30 events

KUCHING: The Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019 (RFF) will feature over 30 events and activities in various venues highlighting a wide range of genre this year.

The eight-day festival will be launched on July 5. It will showcase Sarawak’s rich cultural heritage, through a wide-range of programmes including fashion, art, music, film, dance, theatre, food and more.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, in a press conference yesterday, said the event would be filled with exciting activities.

“The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is held in July annually for the past 22 years. Whereas, the RRF is about three years now and brings in new excitement to the RWMF fever.

“This year, RRF will host 30 events and activities for eight days here, showcasing Sarawak cultural heritage, arts, film, food and drinks and more,” he said.

“The highlight of the RFF will be the Lembaran Emas: Songket and Keringkam of Sarawak design by Sarawak’s esteemed fashion designer.

“Her Royal Highness Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah is expected to grace the launch of Lembaran Emas premiere,” Abdul Karim added.

Meanwhile, RRF Festival director Joe Sidek said this year’s festival would provide spectacular wonders to the visitors.

“This year, we bring in 30 of Malaysia’s top models here to spice things up. Also, the RRF will exhibit its first Tattoo event and Indigenous Film Festival.

“Not to forget, the art-for-humanity or project ‘Pasar Glam’ which is a pop-up vintage shop of pre-loved items from various artistes and celebrities in Malaysia.

“The money earned from the sales of Pasar Glam would be channelled to the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society,” he said.

Visitors to the festival will be spoilt for choice to select between the many shows, talks, workshops, exhibitions, outdoor cultural entertainment, food events, marketplace and many others.

The RFF will take place at four major festival sites – the Old Court House; The old State Assembly Building; the Kuching Waterfront gardens; and Borneo 744 at Bintawa.

For reservation and full details, please visit the RFF website at www.rainforestfringe.com

Abdul Karim speaks at the press conference