MIRI: Miri has what it takes to be the musical hub that can attract large number of tourists from Brunei, said Sarawak Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
This resort city had a reputation for being able to stage wonderful fests that showcase excellent blend of multi-ethnic and international music, he said at the opening ceremony of the Miri Country Music Fest 2017.
“Miri has the ability to stage big-scale music festivals.
“The city has been acknowledged as the place of unique cultural mix by locals and foreigners.
“This is portrayed by the rich heritage in music where we also have international jazz and country music festivals being held every year.
“Miri Country Music Fest 2017 brings together music bands from Sarawak and overseas such as the United States, Britain, Australia, Brunei, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Lee said this resort city played host every year to events like the Christmas parade, Hari Raya celebrations, Gawai Dayak celebrations and many music festivals.
“The city is a meeting place for everyone, including those from different culture and religions,” he added.
“This is good for forging ties,” he said, adding that such mass celebrations encouraged cultivation of togetherness.
Place Borneo Sdn Bhd is the main organiser of the two-day Miri Country Music Fest 2017.
Local food and native crafts were also showcased during the music fest, which was held at the beachfront of the Miri Parkcity Everly Hotel.
A big crowd comprising Bruneians, western and African tourists attended the event.