Friday, June 17, 2005

Sandakan Fest launching on 26 June

Sandakan: A 10-minute fireworks display will highlight the official launching of Sandakan Fest 2005 on June 26.

Disclosing this here Tuesday, Sandakan Municipal Council Deputy President II, Thomas Lau Chi Keong, said the event is expected to be launched at the municipal padang by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman at 7am.

Other than the fireworks, there would also be drums beating and cultural dances by the Etika Tari Sandakan group, he said.

Other attractions include a lantern procession involving six secondary schools and a kompang presentation by 60 youths.

On June 27, the Sandakan Airport will be spruced up with exhibition stalls, with special mementos to be given to disembarking passengers coming in three flights from Kota Kinabalu, to be launched by Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Karim Bujang.

Variety shows and cultural presentations would be staged in six main locations in the town area, beginning at Dataran MPS on June 29, followed by Bandar Ramai-Ramai (July 2), Block 43 (July 2), Bandar Kim Fung (July 9), Bandar Nam Tung (July 15) and Bandar Sibuga Jaya.

A Futsal competition will be held at the municipal padang on July 2, to be followed by 3-on-3 street basketball at Jalan Leboh 2 Bandar on July 3.

There will also be a kite-flying demonstration at the SMK II padang, open to adults and students alike.

On July 24, music lovers will have an opportunity to witness a presentation by the Dama Orchestra from Kota Kinabalu, at Sabah Hotel, using traditional Chinese instruments.

Lau disclosed that the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment had allocated RM120,000 to SMC for the festivity this year through the Sabah Tourism Promotion Board.

Courtesy of Daily Express

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