By George Francis
MIRI - The Miri International Jazz Festival 2006 was yesterday launched here by the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Communication Development Lee Kim Shin.
The event was also covered by the national and international media through the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).
The festival was promoted and premiered at the World Music Expo (WOMEX) last month held in Newcastle in the UK.
Lee Kim Shin, who is also the patron of the festival, said the launch of the international class festival would be translated into the promotion of Miri as an event destination, as yet another milestone in the development of Miri as a resort city.
The festival will be held on May 12 and 13, 2006 at the Pavilion, Park City Everly Hotel Miri with tickets priced at RM50 for a one-day pass and RM80 for a two-day pass.
Performers line up, include All the Best from Sarawak, Fra Fra Sound of the Netherlands, Gangbe Brass Band from Benin, Lluis Coloma of Spain, Nah Youn Sun of Korea and France, Quinteto Mambo Jambo from UK, Shanghai Jazz of China and Ubules of Sarawak and Singapore.
"I was told of the ambitious plans to nurture this Jazz Festival, as Sarawak's premier event of the year and Tourism Malaysia's event in its annual tourism event calendar," Lee said.
He was confident that as the festival grows from year to year the audience would grow in number and benefit the people at large.
He called on the Mirians, the business community, private organisations and individuals to give their full support and contribution to this event next year.
Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin