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Travel8 Things To Do At The Rainforest Fringe Festival This Week

8 Things To Do At The Rainforest Fringe Festival This Week

8 Things To Do At The Rainforest Fringe Festival This Week
By Tania Jayatilaka
By Tania Jayatilaka
July 01, 2019
The Rainforest Fringe Festival is back this year with an exciting array of not-to-be-missed arts, music, and culinary events this July 5-12.

Lembaran Emas: Songket and Keringkam of Sarawak

Dato' Sri Bernard Chandran will present his songket designs at the opening show of the Rainforest Fringe Festival this year.
Dato' Sri Bernard Chandran will present his songket designs at the opening show of the Rainforest Fringe Festival this year.

When: July 5, 2019

Opening the Rainforest Fringe Festival with a bang is this unique fashion show featuring the beauty of Sarawak songket and the dying art of keringkam, with designs presented by Malaysian fashion icons Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Sarawak’s own Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi alongside works by Sarawak’s most up and coming emerging textile artisans.

See also: 5 Things About The Bernard Chandran Design That Caught Kate Middleton’s Eye

Primates

Photo: Borneo Art Collective
Photo: Borneo Art Collective

When: July 5-12, 2019

A main highlight of this year’s festival, this free admission performance explores the movement of primate mammals. Featuring UK-born Ghaffar Pourazar (the first foreigner to play the famed Monkey King role in the Beijing Opera) together with award-winning Thai choreographer Jilli Chompee, Korean dancer Liu Yong Sean, Lim Pei Ern, and with music by the Orang-Orang Drum Theatre. 

Don’t miss this unforgettable show, which will take place at the Old Court House on a purpose-built bamboo structure designed by Wendy Teo of the Borneo Art Collective.

Pop Up Taiwan

Photo: Borneo 744
Photo: Borneo 744

When: July 6-7, 2019

The first craft show and market of its kind in Kuching, Pop Up Taiwan offers a collection of lifestyle and creative design products.

Sponsored by Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Kuala Lumpur, catch this fun pop up concept at Borneo 744. 

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Eye-Opening Photography Exhibitions

Photo: David S.T. Loh
Photo: David S.T. Loh

When: July 5-12, 2019

From stunning drone camera shots taken from all over the state of Sarawak to peaceful scenes of untouched forests in their incredible diversity, the photography exhibitions at the Rainforest Fringe Festival are a must-see for visitors.

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Big Bad Wolf: The Bite-Sized Book Sale

Photo: Borneo 774
Photo: Borneo 774

When: July 4-14, 2019

The bite-sized edition of Kuala Lumpur’s best-loved annual book sale is making a comeback to Sarawak for the second time at Borneo 744 for the Rainforest Fringe Festival. 

Read also: How Andrew Yap & Jacqueline Ng Of The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Are Propagating Worldwide Literacy 

In Voices : Haunting Tales from Sarawak

Photo: Rainforest Fringe Festival
Photo: Rainforest Fringe Festival

When: July 7, 2019

Following a rich yet disappearing Sarawakian tradition, this storytelling platform curated by Shireen Zainudin and Alasdair Clayre promises an evening of riveting tales by local and tribal storytellers at The Old Court House. 

Register for this free-admission event here.  

See also: Travel Tips For The Eager Explorer In Bornean East Malaysia

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys

Photo: Rainforest Fringe Festival
Photo: Rainforest Fringe Festival

When: July 6-7, 2019

From Australia to Kuching, this family-friendly performance combines puppetry, live music, comedy and universal themes, happening at Borneo 744. Don’t miss the workshops and drum sessions with the performers after the show. 

Click here for more information. 

Taste: Plating The Wild

Photo: Rainforest Fringe Festival
Photo: Rainforest Fringe Festival

When: July 6-7, 2019

Experience the tastes unique to Borneo in this Dining Club event and exhibition curated by Marian Chin. Happening at the Old Court House, this Plating the Wild culinary experience is priced at RM300 per head. Seats are limited, so hurry and book your spot by registering here.

For more information, click here or follow the Rainforest Fringe Festival on Instagram.  

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