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20th Rainforest World Music Festival Comes To WOMEX 2016

20th Rainforest World Music Festival Comes To WOMEX 2016

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN, Thursday – Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is presenting the 20th installment of its annual event, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) in World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain from October 20-23.

The RWMF will be celebrating its 20th edition next year at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai, on the 14-16 July, with plans on making the Festival celebration bigger than ever.

With the interactive afternoon workshops, the audience has the opportunity to learn, understand and play the indigenous musical instruments from the performers during the day and later on witness and appreciate its beauty during the nightly performances.

As a supporter of all ethnic arts, including the culinary arts, festival-goers are able to taste a variety of local and fusion cuisine from the Village Food Mart.

They will also be able to buy local beaded, woven, painted or carved handicrafts or witness their creation, or even get a traditional hand-tap tattoo at the nearby Tattoo Expo.

The festival, one of its kind in the region, has attracted over 20,000 returning foreign and domestic attendees and has been awarded Songlines’ Top 25 Best International Festivals award six years in a row since 2010.

Datuk Haji Abdul Wahab Bin Aziz, Chairman of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) said, “We want to stage the uniqueness of world music by bringing in performers from other parts of the world and also to showcase our own ethnic music and to provide them with an opportunity to perform amidst international bands.”

“More innovative ideas are already in the works for our coming 20th Rainforest World Music Festival next year.” said Angelina Bateman, Director of Events Corporate Relations of Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).

While the performance plans remain a surprise, the Board’s efforts in publicizing the Festival are not, with promotions happening at various tourism and travel trade fairs around the world such as ITB Asia in Singapore, World Travel Mart in London, Taipei International Travel Fair in Taiwan and the Asian MICE Forum in Taiwan.

The Festival encourages the appreciation of ethnic art and music from around the world, as well as new interpretations and integration of those arts within modern expression, and it is now brining these values to the world stage.

Updates on the Festival as well as tickets can be found online at the Rainforest World Music Festival official website, www.rwmf.net.

This event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak (MTAC) and endorsed by Tourism Malaysia with Malaysia Airlines Berhad as the presenting sponsor.

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Picture shows Barbara Benjamin Atan of Sarawak Tourism Board (left) with Jo Frost, the Editor of Songlines Magazine UK and Jun Lin (right), Artistic Director of RWMF.

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Porta de Santiago (A’ Famosa Fort)

There is one place in Melaka that we should not skip when we set feet into a chronological state. The pronounced place is a Porta de Santiago, that competence not ring a bell even among a locals though discuss a A’Famosa Fort and we would bleed an ‘ah!’. The A’Famosa is one of a oldest flourishing pieces of European architectural stays in all of Asia.

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A’Famosa means ‘the famous’ in Portuguese. The installation was built by a Portuguese when they arrived in Melaka in a year 1511 underneath a care of Alfonso de Alburquerque. Alfonso systematic a construction of this installation to strengthen his reason of a newly acquired land. The stout structure helped a Portuguese secure their power in Melaka for a prolonged 130 years before a attainment of a Dutch in 1641.

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The Dutch managed to combat over a A’Famosa Fort before eventually holding over a helm of Melaka for a subsequent 184 years. The Dutch still employed a installation and even done vital renovations to it to urge a functionality. Most of what we see currently are ruins of a Dutch improvements. If we are mindful enough, you’d notice a tiny marker ‘ANNO 1670’ on a fort’s arch as good as a coat-of-arms of a Dutch East India Company (VOC), all outlines clear of a Dutch power’s participation in Melaka.

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The A’Famosa survived another colonization after a Dutch, this time underneath a power of a British, who motionless to explode a installation due to a problem in progressing a fort. Fortunately, partial of a installation was saved by drop by a late Sir Stamford Raffles, a afterwards British governor, enabling us to conclude a relic poignant in Melaka’s and Malaysia’s history. The structure seen currently is merely a tiny embankment residence of a installation though it is though grand in a possess way, station proudly atop a St. Paul’s Hill tighten to a distinguished red Stadhuys building.

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The traffic, both tellurian and cars, around St. Paul’s Hill is covenant to a recognition of A’Famosa. The name has turn synonymous with Melaka, so most that a thesis park has been given a same name. Therefore, if we are seeking directions to a A’Famosa fort, be certain to discuss that it is a installation that we are looking for. Coming into a Melaka town, we will shortly come to a ever renouned Stadhuys. Find somewhere to park, that can be a prolonged stretch divided due to traffic, and make your approach adult St. Paul’s Hill to entrance a A’Famosa.

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TOURISTS TO ENJOY FREE GUIDED TOURS IN MELAKA

18 June 2013| last updated at 11:55PM

Tourists to enjoy free guided tours in Malacca

By HANIS MAKETAB | [email protected]

BOOSTING TOURISM: Money from Heritage Tax Fund will finance programme

MALACCA: THANKS to the state’s Heritage Tax Fund, which now has RM2.9 million since it was introduced in April last year, tourists will enjoy free guided tours of Malacca’s heritage trail.

Malacca Museum Corporation general manager Datuk Khamis Abas said the corporation would be organising the tours, which would be funded by the money collected from the heritage tax.

“The tours will take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“Forty thousand ringgit has been allocated for them, which is for a one-year period from this month.
“It pays the allowances of our tour guides.”

The tours would cover the state’s famous and popular attractions within the World Heritage site, such as the Malacca River, Stadhuys, Porta de Santiago, the Malacca Sultanate Palace and the Proclamation of Independence Memorial.

He said the heritage tax was collected by local city and municipal councils, and went towards initiatives related to tourism and heritage, such as publishing a directory of places to stay in Malacca, organising courses under the Malacca Tourism Academy and contributing to the state’s hotel and homestay operators associations.

“Last year, RM2.3 million was collected, while this year about RM657,000 has been collected up to May 15,” Khamis said after giving state Heritage and Youth Committee deputy chairman Datuk Norpipah Abdol a tour of the Malacca Conservation Centre in Jalan Bunga Raya yesterday.

He said the centre, which began operating last Monday, was open to the public.
It focused on the conservation of historical buildings and artefact.

Khamis also said the centre would be used as a venue for lectures, talks and workshops.

The centre is managed by the corporation with the cooperation of the state World Heritage Office, Malacca Historical City Council, Merlimau Polytechnic and Malacca Islamic University College.

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