Monday, July 22

MCC introduces shopping bonanza to promote Asia Music Festival

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LAUNCHING: Lai and Rashid (seated fourth and fifth left) with AMF organising committee and representatives of AMF Shopping Bonanza participating outlet during the launching ceremony and press conference on the event yesterday.

MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) is actively promoting the Asia Music Festival (AMF) by initiating a shopping bonanza in conjunction with the event.

It encourages shopping malls and supermarkets in its area of jurisdiction to take part in the bonanza and promote the festival by offering prizes to shoppers.

For every purchase of RM100 and above from participating outlets, customers will be offered free tickets to the festival on a ‘first come, first served’ basis while stocks last.

According to mayor Lawrence Lai, MCC and Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) agreed on the free tickets promotion for the two-day event to introduce the brand new international festival to the public.

The festival will take place on Oct 4 and 5 at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club here.

The outlets participating in the AMF 2013 Shopping Bonanza are Bintang Mega Mall, Boulevard Imperial Mall, Boulevard Shopping Complex, PermyMall, Emart and Sin Liang Supermarket.

“The Asia Music Festival 2013 Shopping Bonanza promotional period will be from Friday (Sept 27) until Saturday (Oct 5),” disclosed Lai.

Other than organising the shopping bonanza, Lai said MCC will also be coordinating several fringe events at the venue, which include the

exhibition of 100 big bikes from Sarawak, Sabah and Brunei, eight handicraft stalls from Miri Handicraft Centre, four tattoo booths and a photography exhibition booth.

Meanwhile, STB chief executive officer Datuk Rashid Khan said STB will continue to embark on its carbon footprint initiative through greening programmes such as a tree-planting ceremony.

“The planting will be held at the event venue on the first day of the festival where all local and international musicians, artistes, media, government officers and the public are welcome to participate,” he said.

The AMF brings together musicians and performers from across Asia for a highly unique musical extravaganza.

The event offers opportunity to experience the uniqueness of a music festival that offers a whole host of electrifying eclectic mix of live music spread over two days.

Tickets to the festival are still on sale at all STB’s offices and Visitors’ Information Centres located at the Old Court House, Kuching (082-410944), Jalan Melayu, Miri (085-434180) and Jalan Tukang Besi, Sibu (084-340980) as well as Curtin University Sarawak Campus and Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club (085-421010).

Entry tickets are priced at RM30 per adult and RM15 per child or student aged three to 18 years old (ID required during entry).

Information and updates about the festival are available at www.asiamusicfestival.net and www.facebook.com/SarawakTravel.