Lively opening: Performers dancing at the launch of the carnival in Kuching.
KUCHING: The Sarawak Street Arts Carnival is taking place this weekend at Kuching Waterfront, featuring singers, dancers and instrumentalists from as far as Germany.
Launched yesterday, the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 event will highlight music encompassing different styles — from reggae to jazz, as well as instruments from the harp to Sarawak’s very own sape.
Among the performing line-ups are the Matti Klein Jazz Trio from Germany, Puguh Kribo Cremona Blue Fusion (Indonesia), as well as Sunset Reggae with Poe and
The Retired Stoners (Malaysia), among other acts.
Highlights for today are Maya Hasan, a jazz harpist from Indonesia, and Baihana Acapella from the Philippines.
At the opening ceremony yesterday, Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg called for a mixing of foreign and local cultures.
“I hope all of us would interact with one another. We need to better understan each other’s arts and values,” he said, adding that the arts transcended races.
Johari said arts and culture were important in development.
“We have our uniqueness in the state, there is the spirit of 1Malaysia which has always been here among Sarawakians. When we modernise, we must not forget our roots.”
The carnival is split into two — the musical performances that are mostly happening near the Square Tower; and the more family-oriented events at the Godown Amphitheatre where today, it hosts an arts and culture exhibition, as well as
the “Bintang Asli Remaja” talent contest.
The carnival ends tonight at Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suites’ Victoria Arms with a jam session beginning at 11pm.
The carnival is one of 13 tourism events organised in line with the Visit Malaysia and Visit Sarawak campaigns.
Others coming up are Citrawarna Sarawak in June, East Asia Inter-Regional Tourism Forum (September) and Sarawak Ethnic Food Trail (October).
The national Tourism and Culture Ministry is the organiser of this weekend’s do,
supported by Kuching City North Commission, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suites.