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Sarawak’s Miri is getting ready to host another celebration of music, the Asia Music Festival (AMF), featuring artists and musicians from several Asian countries: India, Korea, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, and Malaysia. This event is set to become another iconic music festival for Miri similar to Borneo Jazz, which has been an annual event since 2005.
The two-day musical event is expected to be an extraordinary weekend of fun, music, and food at the Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club, 5 km from Miri City Centre. The mixture of live music will include a unique genre of music from national, regional, and local talents. In a press release, Mr. Dato’ Rashid Khan, CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board said, “This is another event the Board has created to attract visitors to the resort city of Miri. With this we hope that visitors from our neighboring countries, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and our fellow Malaysians will come for 2 days of fun and music.”
This year’s initial line-up will feature: Antoney Dassan Yen Party (India), The Foxy Girls (Indonesia), Bembol Rockers (the Philippines), V.Star Band (Korea), Boy Thai Band (Thailand), Soesah Tidoer (Indonesia), Fakhrul Razi (Brunei), The Mountain Wind Band (Malaysia), and Melissa Francis (Malaysia). The full line-up is yet to be confirmed.
Through music and art, AMF will promote the culture of Asia and have an atmosphere of a carnival, where there will be a fun fair starting in the afternoon with lots of food, fun, and games apart from the night shows. According to sources, the festival is expected to be an annual event in Miri for at least five years.
Similar to Borneo Jazz, AMF encourages tourism by attracting music lovers and develops youth employability by providing internship and volunteer opportunities in the area of event management, where participants will be exposed to sales promotion, product development of festival tour packages, information management, and media and public relations. The electrifying eclectic mix of live music will be run from October 4 to 5.
Asia Music Festival tickets are priced at RM 30 (9.11 USD) for adults and RM 15 (4.56 USD) for children aged 3-18. All tickets are available for purchase at Sarawak Tourism Board’s office and Visitors Information Centre located at Old Court House, Kuching (+6 082-423600), Jalan Melayu, Miri (+6 085-434180), and Jalan Tukang Besi, Sibu (+6 084-340980) starting from Monday September 9.
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