Thursday, March 22, 2018

SarawakTourism Board partners premier jazz club No Black Tie to stage 13th BorneoJazz Festival

MIRI: Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is embarking on a new model for the 13th Borneo Jazz Festival this year.

The board is co-presenting this year’s edition, to be held at Coco Cabana in Marina Bay from May 11 to 13, with No Black Tie – Kuala Lumpur’s premier jazz club.

Ministre of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports  Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said as part of this year’s festival, No Black Tie and STB are launching the first-ever Borneo Jazz Talent Search.

“I believe we have many young promising musicians in Borneo, and this platform has been developed specially to help nurture our young talents. Some of them will even be performing alongside international artistes during the festival,” he said at the launch of Borneo Jazz Festival 2018 here yesterday.

His text-of-speech was read by Assistant Minister Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Abdul Karim said No Black Tie has played host to leading jazz names from both the region and internationally for the past 20 years, adding that he was pleasantly surprised to learn that the proprietor, Evelyn Hii, hails from Miri.

“I believe this partnership (between STB and No Black Tie) will help the festival to grow even bigger and better in the years to come.”

He said Borneo Jazz Festival has rightly earned its reputation as a noteworthy regional event after 13 years, drawing thousands of visitors every year.