Malaysian version of world festival

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  • Saturday, 25 Jun 2005

The Fete De La Musique which has been held in Kuala Lumpur for four consecutive years has been noticed by other parts of the world. 

There have been efforts by the French Embassy in Malaysia to feed images of the event in Kuala Lumpur back to France so that revellers in that country can see the celebrations from other nations. 

The festival is celebrated on June 21 every year in more than 110 countries and has attracted upcoming and amateur performers and musicians since its debut in France in 1982. 

The Malaysian version was first organised by HELP University College in 2002 in parts of Jalan Bukit Bintang.  

This year, the event was launched at Low Yat Plaza on July 19. 

The Capoeira Buntus group entertaining the crowd with their movements.

At a press conference after the launch, HELP University College Dean of Studies Choong Yeow Wei said: “Every year somewhere in France, they (revellers) will get images of the celebrations from other countries. 

“The whole spirit of Fete De La Musique is that you do not have to be a professional musician or singer and you can come and join the festivities. That is what the festival is all about.” 

He said the events in Kuala Lumpur would probably be broadcast to France or posted on websites associated with the festival. 

The celebrations from other countries were shown in Lyon in 2003 and in Paris last year. 

The Kuala Lumpur event drew a huge turnout at several spots, including Sungei Wang Plaza, Berjaya Times Square, Lot 10, KL Plaza and BB Plaza. A similar carnival was held at 1 Utama shopping centre in Petaling Jaya. 

French ambassador Jacques Lapouge said it was nice to see the participation of performers from other states like Kelantan, Johor and Negri Sembilan. 

“It is important for us to go down the street, play music and entertain the public. That is why the festival was started in 1982,” he said. 

In his speech read out by City Hall deputy director-general Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, KL Mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan said this year's event was bigger in view of the multiple venues in the Bukit Bintang area and 1 Utama. 

“This festival will attract more local and foreign tourists. Through the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Action Council, City Hall will also be promoting this festival within Malaysia and to our neighbours such as Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand,” he said. 

The highlight of the event was a performance by Jabal, a French folk musical group from Normandy. Other acts included Capoeira, Soft Touch, Wicked Pitches, Wwano, Inverted Coma, Popshuvit and One Buck Short. 

More than 150 performers presented a variety of performances ranging from cultural to classical, pop, rock, Latin, jazz and folk music.

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