Saturday, June 23, 2007

Limited-edition Music Without Borders book celebrates Rainforest music fest

The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) has published a book titled Music Without Borders to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Rainforest World Music Festival.

The 206-page coffee table book provides a chronology of the festival’s development and contains more than 500 photographs taken during past concerts.

STB chief executive officer Gracie Geikie said the book featured the various musical instruments used in Borneo.

“A limited edition of 5,000 copies of the book are being printed.

“It is a collector’s item and there will not be a reprint,” she told reporters when unveiling the book at the board’s office here yesterday.

The book, priced at RM125 (soft copy), is authored by Heidi Munan and published by Marshall Cavendish (M) Sdn Bhd. Pre-orders for the book can be made at www. Five hundred copies are available for sale on

On the 10th anniversary festival beginning July 13 at the Sarawak Cultural Village near here, Geikie said it would receive the biggest ever media coverage by some 220 foreign journalists.

She said that more than 10,000 tickets to the three-night open air concerts on the foothill of Mount Santubong had been sold.

The festival, which won the 2006 Pata Gold Award, attracted some 17,000 music lovers, 60% of them non-Sarawakians, last year.

Geikie said the festival, which would feature 20 international and local musical groups, was expected to generate a revenue of RM15mil for the tourism industry, up from RM13mil last year.

Source : STAR
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