ISKANDAR PUTERI: Puteri Harbour here was bustling with excitement as adults and children enjoyed a multitude of activities, food trucks, pop-up booths and music performances by local musicians at the final leg of Iskarnival.
Thousands of people came to take part in the fun on the first day of the Iskarnival Sama-sama organised by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, UEM Sunrise Berhad and Iskandar Investment Berhad.
Visitors took part in the coffee brewing demonstrations by various Johor Baru cafes, enjoyed a long line-up of cultural performances, booths promoting eco-friendly lifestyles at the Johor Green Market and water sport challenges by the marina.
Among the crowd was Dinh Thi Ngoc Quynh, 42, from Singapore who said that she visits Johor Baru every weekend.
“I am glad that this carnival took place this weekend as my daughter enjoys participating in art workshops. She had a fun time,” she said, adding that she stayed at a hotel in Puteri Harbour.
Student Elaine Amanda, 20, an art festival enthusiast, said that she found out about the carnival through Facebook and was interested in the green market and musical performances.
“I enjoy all kinds of cultural shows, live music and art workshops,” she said, adding that there were hardly any large-scale festivals like the Iskarnival in Johor and hopes that there would be more carnivals such as this.
In line with promoting a greener lifestyle, there was also a bicycle rental company that provided free bike usage for the public to tour the harbour front.
Public Bike Share founder Hubert Fong said that the bike rental company aimed to build 100 stations with a total of a thousand bicycles in Iskandar Puteri by the end of next year.
Besides the events, creative workshops showcasing wayang kulit, miniature sandal keychains and batik cloth also attracted throngs of children eager to take part in the activities to make their own souvenirs to take home.
Another crowd favourite was the stunt bike show organised by Art of Speed Johor by professionals Jack Field and Rhianna Buchanan from Australia.
The Art of Speed exhibition, part of the carnival, showcased customised bikes and cars and saw motor heads and curious carnival-goers alike admiring the interesting line of vehicles.