Jazz festival pulls in the crowds

Tickets for day one of the BJ 2022 were sold out.

MIRI: Tickets to the opening show of Borneo Jazz Festival 2022 yesterday were sold out, said Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Minister Datuk Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (third right) with Deputy Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Art (I) Datuk Sebastian Ting (second left), Sarawak Tourism Board (STB ) chairman Dennis Ngau (extreme right) , permanent secretary Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Sarawak Hii Chang Kee (on Ting’s right) and STB CEO Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor (second right) during the opening of BJ 2022 at Coco Cabana Miri on Friday evening.

“At first we were worried about attendance but people purchased the tickets at the last minute,” he added.

Karim disclosed this on Saturday during a press conference held at Eastwood Golf and Country Club on the Miri Country Music Fest 2022 which to be held on November 25 and 26.

“The last two years we have been locked down by COVID-19, people were afraid of crowded places, but things are starting to change,” he pointed out.

Karim is optimistic that attendance would increase for the Saturday and Sunday night performance as it will be featuring well-known local artistes including Sarawak’s own talented singer Dayang Nurfaizah.

“I’m sure with Dayang Nurfaizah performance on Sunday, the place would be full,” he said.

Themed “Jazz in The Jungle”, the 17th edition is being held in a hybrid format for the first time from June 24 to 26 at Coco Cabana, featuring performers from countries namely Singapore, Japan, France, Switzerland, USA, Hungary and India.

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