Miri to host three upcoming international events


MIRI: The resort city will be hosting three upcoming international events next month after the success of the national level Malaysia Day celebration at Miri City Fan last week.

Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai said the two international events are Asia Music Festival, Sarawak Information Communication Technology (ICT) Expo and 16th Sarawak International Triathlon 2014.

“Miri needs more events to make the city a truly resort city. Thus, these events are able to make the city vibrant,” he stated to the media in a press conference at the council yesterday.

Lai pointed out the month of October will kick off with the Sarawak ICT Expo and the second edition of the Asia Music Festival which is scheduled for Oct 3 to 4 at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club.

The inaugural Asia Music Festival event last year was a success with over 3,000 people attending.

This event is set to become another iconic music festival for the state after the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) in Kuching and Borneo Jazz here.

Several key musicians from India, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore as well as Malaysia will be performing for this year’s event.

He said further the event promises an extraordinary weekend of fun, music and more, against the stunning backdrop of the venue, Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club.

A mixture of live music will be featured throughout the two-day events and will include a mixed-genre of music from regional, national and local talents.

Apart from the night shows, there will also be a tattoo exhibition, food representing countries in the Asian region and CDs of the bands to take home.

The confirmed line-up of performers includes SoulMate (India), Ras Muhamad (Indonesia), Pancake80 (Philippines), Pisco (Taiwan), Retrospect (Thailand), Masia One (Singapore) and Malaysian bands MAD August and Salammusik.

Entry tickets are priced at RM30 for adults and RM15 for children or students aged 3-18 (ID required during entry).

However, pre-sale tickets at RM25 per adult and RM10 per child are still available online and from all STB’s Visitors Information Centres located at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching (082-423600), Jalan Melayu, Miri (085-434180) and Jalan Tukang Besi, Sibu (084-340980).

For the triathlon, he said it is expected 350 participants from various countries would be taking part in the 16th Sarawak International Triathlon 2014 from Oct 18 to19 at Brighton Beach.