Sarawak Cultural Village, Santubong - Sarawak, Borneo Malaysia

Rainforest Festival - Santubong

It's no wonder that the annual Rainforest Festival is held at the Sarawak Cultural Village . It's the perfect setting. Mount Santubong rising in the background, casts a cool shadow over the land below. Waves lapping the beach nearby, mangrove forests hugging the coastline and dolphins lopping the waves, gleefully playing in the shallow waters. The environment spells tranquillity. This is where artists come to for inspiration, to get to know or reacquaint with the beauty and bounty of nature.

local & foreign sculptors were invited to scv to create pieces from nature

Every year, musicians are invited to play at the Rainforest Festival. And every year the festival gets more and more fans converging to this tiny cultural village to chill out and listen to world/ethnic music, which wouldn't otherwise be given the time of day by recording companies.

It's a peaceful, happy gathering of thousands of music loving people which lasts over the span of a weekend in July. Although worldwide media has been featuring the festival over the years but many still get to know about the festival by word-of-mouth.

There are various workshops and jamming sessions going on throughout the weekend and at different venues. There could be a workshop happening at the Melanau longhouse and someone else giving a talk over at the penan hut. It's all there for visitors to interact and have fun. Everyone that we've known who has been there.had enjoyed themselves thoroughly. There's a sense of togetherness some say. a kind of Woodstock or Burning Man revisited, except that it's all clean fun.

Sarawak Cultural Village

visitor passport ~ collect individual stamps when visitng each traditional house at the scv

The cultural village is described as a 'living museum'. Featuring a collection of traditional houses scattered over 17 acres of landscaped land, this village was set up to provide visitors an insight into the different cultures, architectures and peoples that make up Sarawak 's population. There are 7 traditional houses.A well marked trail takes visitors on an educational journey. In this journey, we shall touch upon some aspects of the culture, beliefs, architecture and handicrafts so that visitors get a better understanding as to the uniqueness of each tribe as well as influences on each other. Much of the research done for this article is based on a book called The Pagan Tribes of Borneo by Dr. Charles Hose and William McDougall.

The following pages elaborates more on the Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu, Penan, Melanau traditional houses and way of life. However, the centre also showcases the Malay house and the Chinese farmhouse.

Apart from just wondering around the houses, there is also a cultural shows at:

11.30am - 12.15pm

4.00pm - 4.45pm

the dancers will demonstrate a number of dances from the Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Melanau, Malay and Chinese for different occasions such as festivals, warrior home welcoming and ritual dances.

There is also a souvenir shop and a restaurant available for guests to wander about.