Heineken X Rainforest World Music Festival

From a quiet gathering under the trees, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has become a destination choice for around 30,000 music fans of all descriptions, attracted by its mix of top Asian, European, African and South American performers players on jungle fringed stages, as well as its innovative series of participatory workshops.

Held at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong, near Kuching, this year’s festival runs from a relaxed opening on Friday June 28 2013 until its raucous, jam-packed finale around midnight on Sunday June 30. 

The festival was designed to show some of the diversity and eclecticism that Heineken partners RWMF has become an epitome for over its distinguished history. This year Heineken partners RWMF features arena-packing acts like Saturday headliners, the Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys, whose Cajun-spiced zydeco has wowed audiences around the globe with its fast-paced roots energy as well as illustrious artists Chet Nuneta and Habadekuk.

Then there’s the full-on East-West collision of Iranian-based Mohsen Sharifian & The Lian Band whose spellbinding fusion of chanting vocals and bagpipe is utterly irresistible. Or the funk, creole and jazz infused Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica from Colombia, the atmospheric contemporary folk of Crotia’s Kries and the masterful percussion-driven grooves of South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble.

For all of those attending the event in Sarawak, Heineken and Rainforest World Music Festival gives them the chance to open up their world to an innovative and new music experience. It’s a unique event in a unique setting and these three days allow them to get up close to musicians from many different cultures and gain an understanding of the way music relates to those cultures as well as to our own.

The unique nature of the site and its setting is also reflected in Heineken’s continuing commitment to Keeping the Rainforest Green. Recycling bins have been set up all around the festival site, providing a fast and easy way to dispose empty Heineken cans and to ensure that public areas remain clean, safe and green for the enjoyment of all festival goers.

As well as its bars around the festival site, making a welcome return this year is Heineken’s stunning Heinekebana. Reserved for the use of the media, its guests and Heineken Music members, this lakeside oasis is the best place to kick back and enjoy an ice cold Heineken beer as you take a break from the action around the festival site. Last year saw impromptu performances from some of the lineup’s stars performers who happened by to jam, so it’s definitely one of the hottest and coolest places to be onsite.

So, whether you’re a world music fanatic or just there to enjoy a great weekend with some of your closest friends, be sure to make the most of your weekend with Heineken at Rainforest World Music Festival. For more information, be sure to check out
Heineken X Rainforest World Music Festival
28 – 30 June 2013 
10.00am to 12.00am @ Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching, Sarawak
Ticket Prices
• Daily Pass: RM120
• 3-Day Pass: RM330* 
*Only available online at Not available for sale on event day

Rainforest World Music Festival Line Up
• Lan E Tuyang (Sarawak)
• Juk Wan Emang (Sarawak)
• Rhythm in Bronze (Malaysia)
• Shangyin Chinese Chamber Music 
Orchestra (Sarawak))
• Madeeh (Sarawak)
• Maya Green (Sarawak)
• Sarawak Drums (Sarawak)
• Chet Nuneta (France)
• Ray Vallenato Beto Jamaica (Colombia)
• Alp Bora (Austria)
• Nunukul Yuggera (Australia)
• Kila (Ireland)
• Mohsen Sharifian & The Lian Band (Iran)
• Spiritual Seasons (Ukraine)
• Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble (South Africa)
• Pine Leaf Boys (USA)
• Kries (Croatia)
• Rafly Wa Saja (Indonesia)
• Palsandae (Korea)
• Habadekuk (Denmark)

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