By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, June 17: After two years of enduring the Covid-19 pandemic, festivalgoers can finally “melepas rindu” (release their sense of longing) of being in a crowd and enjoying music at the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).
Taking place at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) tonight, this year’s festival did not lose its essence of gathering selected performers from all around the world and presenting quality music to the audience.
A check by DayakDaily on the ground also saw crowds enjoying a stroll around the venue with most of them were finally able to look their best without having to wear face masks.
There were many booths selling handicraft items, food and beverages as well as other products.
In addition, water stations were placed at selected locations which allows festivalgoers to refill their water bottles to keep them hydrated at all times.
The first day saw the combination of physical and virtual performances from 14 groups, beginning as early as 6pm.
Like the previous years, the festival did not miss conducting a procession and miring ceremony to kick off the long-awaited concert.
This festival also saw Sarawak Arts Council making their debut in RWMF alongside other Sarawakian performers and foreign artists flown from Philippines, Canada, Estonia, China, Ukraine and United States of America.
The weather was also drizzling since earlier evening, but cleared up just in time for the main event.
From then onwards, many were seen getting comfortable “camping” in front of the main stage in the company of their family and friends, enjoying the music. — DayakDaily