Saturday, April 16, 2016

Regional hype on the Borneo Jazz Festival with tickets to match

MIRI: The 11th Borneo Jazz Festival scheduled on May 13-14 at ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri will continue to be one of the well-patronised jazz festivals in the region despite higher ticket prices starting this year.

Sarawak Tourism Board chief executive officer Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik said the increase in ticket price is befitting the international standard of the festival.

“Previously, our ticket price was very cheap and yet our standard was on par with other jazz festivals. Our current ticket price is very competitive and with jazz having its own following, we are confident we can still continue to attract some 4,000 festival goers this year,” he said at a joint press conference yesterday.

Also present were STB corporate communications director Angelina Patricia Bateman and ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri (PEHM) general manager Andrew Law.

This year’s pre-sale prices with adult passes is RM80 for a one-day pass and RM140 for a two-day pass, increased respectively from RM50 and RM95; while the family package with two adult passes and two child passes has been raised from RM100 to RM160

For children aged seven to 12 years, tickets are RM40 for a one-day pass and RM60 for a two-day pass.

Special price pre-sale tickets can be purchased online at the festival’s website www. available until May 12 while on May 13 and 14th, the price will be increased between RM10 to RM40 depending on the categories.

Meanwhile, Angelina said apart from sourcing world-class jazz bands from different countries, they also organised cross promotional events with other jazz organisers like the World Youth Day Jazz festival in Kuala Lumpur, having collaboration with airlines like Malaysia Airlines (MAB) and MasWings.

“For the World Youth Day Jazz on May 6-8, we will present O Sister! from Spain and Yuichiro Tokuda’s Ralyzzdig from Japan. They are among the eight bands to perform in Miri,” she said.

The two-day annual festival of jazz music will be staged from May 13 (Friday) till May 14 (Saturday) at ParkCity Everly Hotel in Miri, featuring some top lineups rendering a wide range of jazz genre world-wide.