Friday, April 11, 2008


Jazz Festival will be held in KK


Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim said the City Hall fully supports the efforts of organising a Jazz Festival in the City. The City Hall would render its full support and assistance to the organizers, he said during a meeting with the organizing committee of the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival who called on him recently. The committee briefed the Mayor on several aspects of the upcoming Jazz Festival, including the line-up of performers. The Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) is the main organiser of the Jazz Festival which is jointly organized by the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS). Organizing Chairman Frankie Fu said: “The festival is also seen as a prime motivator in the encouragement and education of the positive elements of Jazz music and to serve as a platform to incorporate and introduce Sabahan musicians to the world of International Jazz and Latin Music.” Iliyas expressed his full support of the organisers’ efforts, stating that everyone in Sabah loves music, and City Hall has organized various musical events. The Mayor also commended the organizers for the success of last year’s Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival which was the first such festival in the City and was a roaring success. Additionally, the organisers have decided to hold a Mascot Design Contest in conjunction with the Jazz festival. It is open to all secondary school students in Sabah. The winning design will be the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival ambassador and will be incorporated in all publicity materials for the Jazz Festival. The organiser has also called on Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun at his office in Karamunsing.