Virtual concert a surreal experience for music buffs


KUCHING: The Sarawak International Festival of Music and Arts (Sifma) 2.0 was live streamed across the globe.

It was launched by caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg on Nov 20 and thereafter continued its virtual live the following day.

“Audiences who registered to watch the event enjoyed the concert from multiple Sifma venue host partners while those who watched from the comforts of their homes had an amazing array of deals from vendor partners to choose from,” it said in a statement.

One of the venues which live streamed Sifma was the Junk Mini Bazaar which was hosted by The Junk Kuching and Penn’s Pantry in collaboration with the Culinary Heritage & Arts Society Sarawak (CHASS) JH Cookie Co, the Penan Women Project and Kuching Autistic Association.

“It was a lovely way to spend our Sunday at the mini bazaar and watching the Sifma concert too.

“Such a great effort by all those involved, especially Penny who did all the decorations and booths for the bazaar,” said Michael, who attended with his friends.

Likewise, it was also a fun day for Mark and his friend Ahmad at La Promenade Mall where they browsed the farmers market, car boot sale and watched performances from different parts of the world live streamed at Black Bean Coffee & Tea inside the mall.

“Since registering for the Sifma weeks ago, we looked forward to spending our Sunday catching the performances at the virtual concert.

“It was a surreal experience being able to see all the exciting performances and knowing people around the world are also watching the show from where they are.

“The boot sale and the farmer’s market were interesting too,” he added.

Meanwhile, others headed to Plaza Merdeka where the concert was live streamed in two areas where patrons could shop while watching the concert in the centre of the mall and another to enjoy the food at the mall’s food court.

“I must say I was actually taken by surprise when I visited Aeon Mall last Sunday, as not only my children and I were welcomed by the Mall’s mascot, the Mall was beautifully decorated with balloons arch and also free balloons were given to the children,” stated Nur Hazimah,, adding they were so excited as they got to watch the Sifma virtual event on the big screen at the ground floor centre foyer.

The said event was also live streamed at Megalanes Adventure World, The Waterfront Hotel, Biddy’s Cafe, UCSI Hotel, Grand Margherita Hotel, Grandma Bak Kut Teh, Outright Coffee Sibu, Coco Cabana Miri, and Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

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