The second Rainforest World Crafts Bazaar was held in July 2009, once again to coincide with the world-famous Rainforest World Music Festival, now in its 12th year, in the same venue as the RWMF, the Sarawak Cultural Village.
The RWCB was organised by Crafthub for the Sarawak Craft Council and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board.
In the two years it has been held, the RWCB has attracted participations from East and West Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Central Asia, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, India, Japan, and Denmark.
Despite the obstacles of the economic depression and the threat of influenza, RWCB in 2009 was once again very successful. This year's event was on a larger scale than in 2008, with 72 booths occupied by local and international participants.
Here are some of the comments we received from visitors:
“What wonderful talents we have - it is very good for the people involved to give the young talents a chance to show off.”
Tan Sri Dr.George Chan Hong Nam, Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak
“Absolutely Amazing, and essential for the [music] festival!”
Randy Raine-Reusch, Artistic Director RWMF, Canada
“Excellent Crafts Bazaar – well done!”
Kate Welsman, Music Journalist, Australia
“It is Crafts and Nature that reminds us where we are. Beautiful – I hope to visit in 2010!”
Padmaka, Sri Lanka
“So much beauty – so many colours! Congratulations!”
Gabriel Vasquez, Chile
“Wow, some really lovely things. Wish I wasn’t here on a budget.”
Catherine Turner, UK
“Interesting, enlightening. Syabas (well done) for promoting ethnic art and craft!”
Premala Mohan Kumar, Malaysia
“Well-organized event, very friendly people. Will visit again – thank you!”
Ross Konowallenco, Australia
“Thank you for a selection of wonderful items!”
Shan Galey, Singapore
“Just one word: Prachtig! (Splendid!)”
Jan Willem, Netherlands
“Beautiful crafts, incredible artistry. A great festival!”
Karen Shepherd, Malaysia
“What a beautiful display of all those beautiful crafts and arts! Well done organizers!”
Jan Turnbull, Australia
To house the event, a ‘craft city’ of more than 70 booths, many of them air-conditioned, was custom-built. The crafts of Malaysia - West and East, Korea, Indonesia, Central Asia and Poland were on display, with special billing for the ethnic products of Sarawak.
The customer base was even more varied, consisting of some 22,000 Rainforest World Music Festival fans from many countries as well as many local people.
The Bazaar was formally opened on Wednesday July 8th by Her Excellency Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Hajah Norkiah, wife of the Head of State of Sarawak, and was attended by many local dignitaries.
H.E. was welcomed by Datuk Gramong Juna, Chairman of the Sarawak Crafts Council, and by Heidi Munan, Director of the RWCB. After the opening, H.E. toured the bazaar.
RWCB 2009 was also visited by Datuk Michael Manyin, Sarawak Minister for Urban Development and Tourism, and by Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam, Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak.
SEEN AT THE RAINFOREST WORLD CRAFTS BAZAAR 2009....