COME Aug 31, all eyes will be on Putrajaya again to witness another Merdeka Parade similar to the spectacular event hosted by the federal administrative capital in 2003.
Putrajaya's only shopping mall, Alamanda, has another reason to celebrate, as Aug 16 marks its first anniversary and Aug 29 is Federal Territory Day for Putrajaya. With the events happening in August, celebrations at the mall will stretch over the entire month.
Alamanda Putrajaya marketing manager Emma Khalid said the mall had adopted a culture and heritage theme in celebration of Merdeka Day and will host craft demonstrations and cultural showcases.
Kicking off the celebration will be the Malaysian Handicraft Exhibition from Aug 8 to 18.
The event, from 11am to 8pm daily, will promote local craft while boosting the cottage industry trade.
Cultural dances, batik competitions, a wayang kulit showcase and craft demonstrations will be held at different intervals from Aug 13 to 27.
The list of events also includes a live broadcast of ERA Radio on Aug 13.
“We have also started a Spot-the-Sticker contest where shoppers receive a car sticker with every RM50 purchase from the mall,” said Emma.
The highlight of the celebrations will be on Aug 31 when the Alamanda MyMerdeka Fiesta 2005 takes place all day long.
Car boot sales will start at 7.30am with trading spaces available at RM50 each. Sales will be carried out in an open space near the mall and traders should be able to wrap up by 5pm.
A remote control car race and futsal tournament will be held at the rooftop of Alamanda with registration starting at 10am.
Those intending to compete in the hip-hop break dance competition at the centre court should also register by 10am.
There will also be a performance by guest artiste Reshmonu during the event.
Over at Little Buds, the drop-n-shop facility catering to shoppers with children, complimentary vouchers for popcorn and candyfloss will be given to the first 200 guests and inflatable games for children have also been scheduled at the City Park.
Emma also said Alamanda would offer helicopter rides at RM60 per person and hot air balloon rides at RM50 per person at the open car park and shoppers who spend RM200 at the mall on the fiesta day would be entitled to a free hot air balloon ride.
“In anticipation of the large crowd that is likely to head to the mall after watching the Merdeka Parade, Alamanda is considering chartering buses from Putrajaya Corporation to offer shuttle services,” she added.
Emma also announced that Alamanda's other anchor tenant, Parkson Grand, was set to open in October.