Excitement awaits at Borneo Rhythms of Rimba 2016

 

By JAMES LEONG / ROZZALIN MOHD HASHIM

SANDAKAN: The founder of Mongabay.com, Rhett Butler, whose site publishes news on environmental science, energy and green design and features extensive information on tropical rainforests, with over 1million viewers every year, is among the highlight of Borneo Rhythms of Rimba (ROR) 2016.

“Future Alam Borneo will bring the most diverse, experiential education programme to its Borneo Rhythms of Rimba (ROR) Wildlife festival platform this year,” Future Alam Borneo (FAB) chairman Anton Ngui said yesterday.

During the two-day event on Aug 20 and 21 to be held at the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok, the public will be able to explore the theme of ‘Extinction and the day after….’, interpreting and exploring the global issues transforming our natural environment and how it may affect us all in the end, he said.

“Spread over five zones of content, namely Conservation, Adventure, Creative, Music and the new addition of Cinema, there will be over 150+ content providers from throughout Malaysia and internationally,” Anton said.

The new Cinema zone will further support the Conservation emphasis. Borneo Eco Film Festival (BEFF), Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF), Singapore Eco Film Festival (SGEFF) and the International Elephant Film Festival (via the US Embassy Kuala Lumpur) will all be bringing film reels to show, offering over 15 films and shorts at ROR this year.

Artists from throughout Sabah, Sarawak and peninsula including Sada Borneo and Russell Curtis will also be present offering workshops from craft to dance. They will also entertain children to adults in the Creative & Music Zones, Anton said.

To add some pizzazz to the festival, Bibi McGill from the US will be supporting the ROR effort through music and yoga. She is the lead guitarist for Beyoncé, a yoga teacher and an environmental crusader.

FAB will bring ziplines, slacklines, a Man vs. Wildlife Challenge and the floating yoga platform to the conservation experience to encourage a greater appreciation of Borneo’s natural environment, Anton added.

“The festival’s goal of bringing experiential education of our natural environment to the masses has grown annually with the combined effort of colourful content providers and our diverse audience,” he said.

 
By : JAMES LEONG
 
New Sabah Times