A melting pot of global jazz - that was how a tourist from England described the Miri International Jazz Festival 2007 that was held in the Sarawak city recently.
Indeed, that was the most appropriate description. Other superlatives from among the 4,000 visitors who attended the two-day event included “fantastic”, “wonderful” and “awesome”.
Held on May 11-13 in this resort city, the Miri International Jazz Festival attracted 12 renowned jazz groups from the United States, Latin America, Europe, India, Africa, China and Australia to this northern tourism hub of Sarawak.
Frank Morris, a middle-aged tourist from Kent, England, who was on a holiday in Borneo, said he decided to fly to Miri from Kota Kinabalu where he was holidaying to find out if the jazz festival was any different from the ones in Europe.
“The festival here is indeed special. You can find so many different jazz groups from all over the world performing on the same stage, at the same venue and at such a cheap price (RM50 per ticket only for the two-day show).
The event’s chairman, Michael Lu, who is the Sarawak Tourism Board Miri branch manager, was ecstatic with the response.
“We did not anticipate such a good response. All tickets were sold out. It was a very successful event.”
Other sponsors that helped to make this event a success was Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, Maxis, Astro, Malaysia Airlines and Heineken.
Participants and visitors to the festival took the opportunity to explore the Mulu, Niah and Lambir national parks as well as Miri City during their stay in the coastal city.
Source : STAR
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