Rainforest Fringe Festival
returns this year!

Taking place from the 5th of July until the 12th of July 2019, Rainforest Fringe Festival will bring the very best of Sarawak’s music, art, craft, film, photography, food, and culture.

Much more than an adventure destination, experience another side of Sarawak through its history, nature, and culture. The 10-day spectacle will be filled with spellbinding sights, superb sounds, and tantalising tastes of Sarawak in the heart of Kuching.

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Rainforest Fringe Festival is a prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival , 12th of July-14th of July and Borneo Jazz Festival, 19th -21st July.  

“I’m torn between telling people how wonderful Kuching is and keeping it a precious secret -it’s such an underrated gem.”

– Mayo Martin, Channel News Asia, Singapore

“....RFF 2017 was really as extensive and satiating as entire buffet of culture by itself.”

-Akanksha Raja, Arts Equator , Singapore

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We hope you enjoyed Rainforest Fringe Festival! A 10-day festival every July in Kuching, Sarawak. We hope you're excited for #RFF2019 , we know we are!

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Click here to see the full 2018 programme or click here to download RFF 2018 booklet

“The Rainforest Fringe Festival is all about Sarawak and is for everyone. It will be an exciting time for all to come together and be immersed in art, nature, history, tradition, culture and fun.” - Joe Sidek, RFF Director

Programme 2018

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National Geographic Society Fellow Chris Rainier exhibits Tattoos, a photography collection focusing on world tribal tattoos, showcasing how human skin can become “a map of culture and myth, a sacred geography of the soul”.

Forbidden Fruits

An installation of large, surreal woven fruits, created by several indigenous female weaving communities working with the leading luminaries of Sarawak design.

The Market

The best of Sarawakian artisanal products: wood and bamboo designs and crafts, antiques, exotic plants, books, fashion, food, and more.

Yoga in the Wild

Introducing Sarawak as the intact and untouched space for a clear mind. Join a small group of festivalgoers and enjoy a three-day bodily and spiritual retreat amidst the lush forest brought to you by Under Armour.

The Instrument: Bamboo Musical Installation

The striking public installation of a giant bamboo musical instrument, with Wendy Teo collaborating with Indonesian experimental music band Karinding Attack to create a site specific music sphere.

SARAWAK: An Indigenous Journey

A spectacle, a trip, a celestial passage – plunging back to the roots of nature. Rainforest Fringe Festival presents the preview of Sarawak: An Indigenous Journey.

Borneo People: A Photographic Journey

Dennis Lau presents Borneo People: A Photographic Journey, a rare exhibition of Sarawak’s native people, photographed by a man granted an unusual insight into the indigenous communities.

Forgotten Beauty

Forgotten Beauty is an exhibition of stunning, intricate portraits of Sarawakian tribal elders. The paintings draw attention to specific, unique adornments symbolic to the elders’ tribes, including tattoos, stretched earlobes, and styles of dress.

First People Party

Celebrating the “orang asal” with an atmospheric evening of performances, featuring the exhilarating Electric Fields alongside Sarawak’s own (and RFF2017 favourites) At Adau and Pete Kallang.



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Special Events

Rainforest World Music Festival

A unique festival that brings together renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo.


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