The ‘Tunnel of Life’ concept at night at the Kuching Amphitheatre.

KUCHING: The Rainforest in the City (RITC) makes its debut today at the Kuching Amphitheatre, marking the countdown for this month’s Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).

Previously, Sarawak Tourism, Art, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah announced that the RITC would be the prologue to the RWMF and the highlight of the event would be the “Tunnel of Life”.

Inspired by the youth community and in collaboration with the ministry and Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), the RITC would bring a different approach to the festivities – incorporating lighting into the rainforest concept.

In an exclusive with New Sarawak Tribune, creative director Ahmed Ezi Firhan, 27, talked about the “Tunnel of Life” concept.

Ahmed Ezi Firhan

“The entire tunnel symbolises a journey of a movement that existed by combining all the years of hard work from each creative personnel involved.

“The steel shows a strong foundation build for longevity and sustainability for the future generations.

“The neon light represents hope. A true aspiration to remind the people of Sarawak from all walks of life that they are allowed to have dreams and turn it into a reality.

“The design of the structure is a metaphor which presumes the obstacle in life. It shows how life can bring a different meaning when viewed from a different perspective. That is the concept,” said Ezi.

Ezi also said that there was a story regarding the tunnel of life, which represented a journey that each person went through in life filled with obstacles but that there was still hope at the end of the tunnel.

The ‘Tunnel of Life’ concept at night at the Kuching Amphitheatre.

“I hope that visitors to the RITC would be inspired by the concept. Especially, the youths here, as they represent the next generation of Sarawakians.

“It’s better to achieve a dream together as a united Sarawak. Other than that, it is also a good sight to take a selfie and memories,” he enthused.

The “Tunnel of Life” is set up by Titik Buta under the Zass Puravida group. It is a creative art movement committed to inheriting, enhancing and spreading the meaning and values of art in Sarawak.

The event runs until July 11 from 7.30pm till 11pm.