Friday, May 18, 2007

Colours of Malaysia to start on May 26

The “Colours of Malaysia”, an annual extravaganza showcasing the country’s rich culture, arts and traditions, will kick off at the Dataran Putrajaya on May 26 here.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the event, themed “Million of Colours, Millions of Smiles”, will be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The celebration, comprising various food promotions, craft exhibitions and cultural shows at hotels, shopping malls and prominent tourist spots nationwide, runs until June 10.

A complementary programme, called the “Flavours of Malaysia” and highlighting the best of Malaysian cuisine, will also be organised from May 26 to June 26.

Tengku Adnan told reporters here that a five-part opening of the Colours of Malaysia was in the pipeline, including a pre-show featuring cultural dances, a fashion show and a specially-choreographed bicycle ballet at 6.30pm.

To be telecast live by RTM, the launch will also feature evocative music, hundreds of puppeteers and cultural dances.

To revv up the night further, the organisers are bringing in about 100 percussionists representing the major ethnic groups in the country.

The finale is the arrival of 14 Malaysian state flags accompanied by more dances and merry-making, culminating in a five-minute fireworks display.

A total of 1,800 participants will take part in the opening ceremony which is expected to attract 70,000 people, including foreign visitors.

The Tourism Ministry has invited 331 foreign media personnel and 314 tour agents from 36 countries. Ministry figures also indicated that about 7,000 tour packages had been sold for this event in countries like Singapore, China and India.

Meanwhile, the Flavours of Malaysia culinary event will be held at Dataran Shahbandar Kuala Terengganu on June 1-3, Malaysia Tourism Centre in Kuala Lumpur on June 8-10, Pesta Pulau Pinang site on June 15-17 and Miri on June 22-24.

Source : NST
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