Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 starts with tree-planting ceremony

  • Tree planting at Kuching Wetlands National Park
  • Angelina at the tree planting event
  • Noriko from Adventure Japan at the tree planting at Kuching Wetlands National Park
  • Getting the hands muddy at Kuching Wetlands National Park
  • Planting the samplings at Kuching Wetlands National Park
  • Enjoyable activity
  • Hot hot hot at Kuching Wetlands National Park
Noriko from Adventure Japan at the tree planting at Kuching Wetlands National Park

Noriko from Adventure Japan at the tree planting at Kuching Wetlands National Park

The tree-planting ceremony taht officially kick-started the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival was held at Kuching Wetlands National Park and was organized by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Sarawak Forest Department. The samplings planted joined the over 1,000 planted since the tree-planting project first started in 2011.

Angelina Patricia Bateman, Sarawak Tourism Board events and corporate relations director, supervised the event and commented that “the objective of the tree-planting programme is to create awareness on conservation efforts and the ecological values of Sarawak’s rich and diverse flora and fauna while complementing the festival’s conservation of endangered musical instruments, songs and dances.”

Angelina at the tree planting event

Angelina at the tree planting event

She went on to add that the Rainforest World Music Festival has become a worldwide phenomenon and a testament to how far Malaysia had come in attracting the world’s best performers, adding that “for the sixth consecutive year, Rainforest World Music Festival has been voted one of the 25 best international festivals by renowned world music magazine Songlines.”

Planting the samplings at Kuching Wetlands National Park

Planting the samplings at Kuching Wetlands National Park

State Forestry Department deputy director Said Gapar said the tree-planting programme was becoming a popular activity especially among agencies and companies, adding that “nurturing love for the environment among all levels of society has become our commitment; I am therefore grateful that this programme has so far been a success and attracts so many participants, even from other countries.”

Hot hot hot at Kuching Wetlands National Park

Hot hot hot at Kuching Wetlands National Park

A number of representatives from the international media and Rainforest World Music Festival performers planted a total of 150 mangrove seedlings.

The Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo. The 18th edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival is held at Sarawak Cultural Village from August 7 to 9, 2015. The 2016 festival is scheduled to happen in July.

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