Monday, May 13, 2013

Sarawak Tourism Board puts on thinking cap as buzz for a bigger Borneo Jazz Festival grows

MIRI: Like the driving rain, it has come and gone. The inclement weather, with heavy downpours, did not dampen jazz enthusiasts on the final night of the 8th Borneo Jazz Festival at the ParkCity Everly Hotel here on Saturday.

It was that time of the year, the music pilgrimage for thousands of festival goers from all walks of life, who braved the rhythm of the falling rain and chill and danced to their favourite jazz presented by four foreign award-winning bands.

The main principals including the former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri  Dr George Chan and company had to take shelter at the Pavilion – the nearest building to the specially constructed stage where the bands performed.

The four bands starring were The Asian Jazz Allstars Power Quartet (Singapore/Hongkong/Philippines/Thailand), Hazmat Modine (East Coast USA), Mo’Blow – ‘Gimme The Boots’ Release Concert (Germany) and Jump 4 Joy (Sweden).

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) CEO Datuk Rashid Khan said he was delighted to see the good response to the festival which has grown steadily over the years.

He said in line with the call  made by Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to make the event bigger, STB next year may put up another stage so ‘changeover’ would be faster and allow more bands to perform.