Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019: Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia


Members’ Benefits: Tour Discounts


July 4 - 9, 2019 (6 Days 5 Nights)
Glimpse into the rich culture of Sarawak through the Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019 organized by Mr. Joe Sidek, the same person who brought us the George Town Festival. On top of that we will visit the cultural village, orangutan sanctuary, local market, etc.

To register, please click here.

In partnership with Joe Sidek Production Sdn Bhd, Asia Society Hong Kong Center is proud to bring you to Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia to visit the Rainforest Fringe Festival to experience their rich cultures from the locals and the various indigenous groups. This festival sees collaboration with Sarawakians as an integral part of the festival’s distinctiveness and growth. Working together with the Sarawak’s homegrown creatives and local champions from different areas and sectors of creativity, it will bring about an experience you cannot get elsewhere.

Joining this tour with Asia Society Hong Kong Center will provide you with access to the Festival opening ceremony, gala dinner, and specially arranged talks, tours and exhibitions.


About Rainforest Fringe Festival

The Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) began in 2017 and is an annual 10-day spectacle for all to celebrate the spirit and energy of Sarawak. Hosted in the heart of Kuching, the festival honours Sarawak’s eclectic culture and vibrancy of the land and the people through music, art, craft, film, photography, and design, giving festival attendees a holistic view and true sense of its splendour.

It is hosted by The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak. RFF 2019 will be held on July 5 – 12, 2019.
Learn more at www.rainforestfringe.com


About Joe Sidek

With 30 years of experience in the arts industry, Joe Sidek is the Managing Director of Joe Sidek Productions Sdn Bhd (JSPSB). Joe is the Festival Director of George Town Festival (GTF), Butterworth Fringe Festival (BFF), and the inaugural Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF).

One of Malaysia’s best-known festivals, the annual George Town Festival was launched in 2010, and now attracts over 250,000 visitors. Following the international success of GTF, Joe has been invited to speak on a number of panels on the subject of arts development.



Brief Program Rundown

July 4

  • Arrive Kuching from Hong Kong
  • Welcome Dinner

July 5

  • Sanctuary for Orangutan (apes native to Indonesia and Malaysia)
  • Botanical Research Centre
  • Kampong Taee – An Indigenous Groups Village
  • Official Launch of Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019
  • Fashion Show: Songket and Keringkam

July 6

  • Talks / exhibitions of Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019
  • Visit to Tanoti Craft – Handweaves Masterpieces
  • Afternoon Tea with Edible Colors of Sarawak
  • Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019 – “Plating the Wild” Gala Dinner

July 7

  • Sarawak Cultural Village
  • Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita – Know more about the “White Rajahs”
  • Talks / exhibition of Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019

July 8

  • Free and Easy
  • Optional activities at additional costs:
    a. Local market tour – Stutong Community Fresh Food Market
    b. Baking of three different local cakes
    c. Dinner at traditional Malay Village and food demonstration

July 9

  • Depart Kuching for Hong Kong

Cost per person, for Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s members

HKD7,500 (single occupancy), HKD6,500 (double occupancy)

AFTER MAY 25, 2019
HKD10,000 (single occupancy), HKD9,000 (double occupancy)

In addition to the cost of the trip, we kindly ask for a donation of at least HK$2,500 per participants (tax deductible in Hong Kong) to support the Annual Fund that ensures the continued success of our programs and the maintenance of our heritage campus. 

To register, please click here.
Enquiries: membershiphk@asiasociety.org or call 2103 9505. 


  • Return economy flights including taxes by Royal Brunei Airline (Package without flight or upgrade to business class is available, please enquire with membershiphk@asiasociety.org)
  • All standard accommodation at a local boutique hotel closest to the festival site in the city center
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals during the tour apart from July 8 which is a free and easy day
  • Up to 2 soft drinks, local beer or house wine during meals
  • All sightseeing as stated in set itineraries, including entrance tickets, guided tours, workshops
  • Air-conditioned transportation for all sightseeing tours
  • Wi-Fi available in hotel on complimentary basis


  • Optional activity on July 8 to have hands on session to bake three traditional cakes of Kuching, dinner at the traditional malay village with food demonstration or a visit to the local community market
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls and gift purchases
  • Extra optional activities
  • Medical services, travel insurance of all kinds or visas fees

Cancellation by Asia Society Hong Kong Center
In the event that we do not have ten paying clients signed up with payment for the itinerary by June 18 2019, the trip will be cancelled and the total amount paid (including donation) will be refunded.

Event Details

Thu 04 Jul 2019 - Tue 09 Jul 2019
2:55 - 1:35 p.m.
Early Bird Special (before May 18, 2019): HKD7,500 (single), HKD6,500 (double); Regular: HKD10,000 (single), HKD9,000 (double)
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