Local Enthusiasts At Miri International Jazz Festival

By Achong Tanjong

Bandar Seri Begawan - Local and foreign-based workers from Brunei will be among the 4,000 jazz enthusiasts at the forthcoming Miri International Jazz Festival 2007, to be held on May 11 and 12 at Parkcity Everly Hotel Pavilion.

The music festival is held in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and Malaysia’s 50th Merdeka celebrations.

Citing news reports, the organisers said the response has been favourable, with over 90 per cent of tickets for both nights already sold out. Apart from the tickets sold online, 20 per cent (nearly 400) of the tickets were snapped up by jazz enthusiasts from Brunei through a recent sales blitz organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).

STB chief executive officer Gracie Geikie said that although the majority of the tickets were bought during STB’s marketing and promotion efforts in the Sultanate, some were purchased online.

She said a large proportion of the tickets were bought online by people from Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore and West Malaysia.

This is the second year running for the Miri International Jazz Festival, which promises rich jazz music from an eclectic line-up of eight groups from the United States, Europe, Australasia, Caribbean and Asia.–

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