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RWMF 2012: Off The Books

By now, you would already know the drill of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)  – concerts at night; workshops during the day – but that’s only what the (programme) book tells you.

There is actually much much more on offer, which was why I decided to go “off the book” for Day 3…

The Hornbill with Mount Santubong in the background

Before we even enter the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV), opposite its main entrance was Damai Central, where there was a Beach Fiesta (RUSH) happening, in conjuction with the RWMF.

Camps for rent – for festival-goers who wish to camp out here during the RWMF

Trees planted by the performers before the RWMF began (and the campgroud in the distance)

Programme for RUSH

Among the things on offer there:

Paintball maybe?

Or, Skimboard?

Perhaps pick up a martial art?

Capoeira Workshop

But if something more permanent is what you’re looking for…

How about a Tattoo?

Tribal Tattoos – the real deal! 😉

But of course, the Home of the RWMF is here:

SCV main entrance

So let’s begin…

There were many stalls set up around SCV during the RWMF:

Official merchandise stalls selling shirts, recycle bags etc

Stalls of sponsors like MAS…and of crafts

These stalls were a favourite of many:

FYI, “temporary” means it’ll last for a week. 🙂

Airbrush tattoo

Maybe specifically hand tattoos?

Or maybe you would prefer these:


Not your ordinary barber/hairdresser, these talented Edward Scissorhands will creatively shave your hair in a way you never thought possible. (I was soooo tempted to get mine done…)

And perhaps after walking around the stalls, your feet are aching – not a problem!

Get a much needed foot massage! (among the other types of massages they offer)

And when you’re ready to continue exploring, the SCV is more than ready to welcome you into the many houses of Sarawak’s many tribes!

Perhaps some traditional kuih at the Rumah Melayu (Malay house)?

Or some nicely hand-crafted accessories…

Oh look who was there too!

Let’s peek inside the Rumah Melanau (Melanau house)!

Check out the Rumah Orang Ulu (Orang Ulu house):

If that ain’t tall, I don’t know what is!

Not for those afraid of heights…

But the inside is worth it…look at that wall!

Fatimah conquered her fear of heights and enjoyed herself 😉

I wonder why he stopped right before coming down…hehehe

Rumah Penan (Penan house):

The Iban longhouse (Rumah Iban) is literally long…

Shown here is the traditional “tabuh” (percussions) of the Iban tribe

Long enough of a house for you? 😉

There were many people here as there was a workshop going on.

The Bidayuh Barouk (Bidayuh house):

Left: The NEW barouk, Right: The older barouk

Inside the new Bidayuh Barouk

There was an Arts exhibit being held there by my former university (UiTM).

Nice huh?

And finally, we reach our destination…

The Festival (Main Stage) grounds

The Jungle Stage (Main Stage)

From there, I was drawn over to the Dewan Lagenda where the Metal In My Mouth workshop (on brass instruments) was going on…

And I arrived just in time to catch this:

A personal favourite!
and this:

Music is the heart and soul of the Festival so stay tuned as I bring you next, the Finale of the 15th Rainforest World Music Festival! 😀
Note: ALL photos/videos in my RWMF 2012 series of posts are those taken by me, unless otherwise stated as that from the Sarawak Tourism Board, the @SWKBLOGS Media Team or other sources.

4 thoughts on “RWMF 2012: Off The Books

  1. Woot! Woot!~…at last. A third entry. Looks like you climb all those houses. Cool!

    1. Of course! Once a year – not to be missed! 🙂

  2. […] But the most unexpected and most memorable experience happened on Day 3. […]

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