Top 3 Music and Cultural Festivals in Sarawak This Month


For the first time ever, Sarawak’s most iconic music and cultural festivals will take place this month. Bringing together over 100 artists from around the world, the festivals will see a plethora of workshops and performances held July 5-21 in Kuching and Miri, a perfect getaway for music lovers. With a focus on preserving the environment, the three festivals will enforce a plastic-free ruling, banning the entry of all plastic water bottles throughout the events.

Rainforest Fringe Festival
A prelude to upcoming music festivals, the Rainforest Fringe Festival brings together the best of Sarawak music, art, film, photography, food and culture in the heart of Kuching. Experience the diversity of East Malaysia through carefully curated indigenous film screenings, cultural exhibits, musical theater performances, delicious local cuisine, and informative talks about the melting pot of Borneo cultures that will be held across the city.

City of Kuching. From July 5 to 12. Free admission. See here for more information.

Tropical Forest World Music Festival
Aiming to attract over 20,000 festival-goers, the Rainforest World Music Festival is billed as Borneo’s biggest music event. With cultural and musical sessions, culinary and craft bazaars, wellness workshops and breathtaking performances, the three-day weekend will see a lineup of returning musicians, as well as newcomers from around the world. , notably from India, Mauritius, Indonesia, Jamaica and Estonia.

Sarawak Cultural Village, Damai Beach Resort, Kampung Budaya Sarawak, Kuching. July 12 to 14. RM140, RM230, RM345. Buy tickets here.

Borneo Jazz Festival
Entering its 14th year in the sunny coastal town of Miri, the Borneo Jazz Festival presents a stellar range of traditional and contemporary jazz genres from local and international artists from Italy, Mexico, Austria, Japan, America, China, Brunei and the Netherlands. Expect a dose of crazy energy as the festival transforms Miri’s entertainment hub into a full-fledged beach party, and join in the celebration as the winners search for musical talent and DJs of the festival are announced.

Coco Cabana, Lot 2260, Jalan Bandaraya, Miri. July 19 to 21. RM128, RM228, RM338. Buy tickets here.

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