The Rainforest World Music Festival Goes Virtual in 2021… and It’s Free!

The 2018 edition of the RWMF drew nearly 22,000 people over three days
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Sarawak’s popular, long-running music extravaganza keeps the beat going – safely – with the festival’s first-ever immersive virtual experience from June 18-20.

Get ‘Entranced, Liberated, Immersed’ from the comforts of your own home when this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) comes to your screens this June.

This year, a musical showcase featuring a retrospective of past RWMF performances and new pre-recorded sessions with homegrown acts will be streaming on RWMF’s official site from 6pm to 7.30pm every day from June 18-20.

Registration is open from today (June 10) onwards and the three-day online programme will be free of charge. Sarawakian talents Alena Murang, Kemada, Sang Rawi, At Adau, Tuku Kame, Suk Binie’, Nading Rhapsody, and Mathew Ngau will be lighting up the screens in between flashbacks of favourite musical acts from previous years, along with interviews with RWMF’s forerunners and personalities and giveaway sessions.

“With Covid-19 hampering world travel, it’s important for us to remember the iconic Rainforest World Music Festival during the pandemic. Our online musical showcase this year attempts to recreate a virtual experience for those who are missing the excitement and merriment of our annual RWMF and build up their anticipation for RWMF 2022,” said Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“I believe that RWMF 2021’s theme – Entranced, Liberated, Immersed – captures the spirit of the RWMF as a whole, and we look forward to being able to hold it in a big way for RWMF 2022, which is tentatively scheduled for June 17-19 next year.”

In the meantime, viewers at home who have missed the annual musical event can relive the feel of the RWMF with a choice of concert, workshops, and even food delivery via GrabFood available on Watch daytime workshops and performances from previous years on the workshop page, where you can watch from virtual SCV longhouses, much like the physical festival.

Through GrabFood and Shopee, RWMF’s official delivery and e-commerce partners, viewers can order and dine in at their own leisure or order exclusive and limited edition merchandise like a T-shirt or cloth face mask to mark the RWMF’s first-ever virtual experience. Register to be eligible for the giveaways to be held during the online streaming, where you can win free tickets to RWMF 2022, discounts to select hotels, RWMF merchandise and much more.

To qualify for a goodie bag, participants will have to like the official RWMF page; post a photo of themselves at previous RWMFs or watching the virtual concert; include #rwmf2021virtual or tag the RWMF official Facebook page and share the post on their own Facebook page.

Viewers will need to watch the RWMF virtual experience throughout all three days and then answer questions related to the three-day online concert to win the Grand Prize of RWMF 2022 tickets, RWMF 2021 merchandise, and hotel stays among other goodies!

For more information on the RWMF2021, log on to its official website at


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