art and music festivals don’t happen by magic but the Kuching International
Festival of Music and Arts is taking place between 18 November and 18 December,
2016. This would not have happened but for the vision and energy of Dr
Geraldine Law Lee and her sister Grace as well as members of this International
Music House in Kuching who are the driving force behind this first
International Music and Arts Festival in Kuching; they’ve put a fantastic
effort together to make it happen in such an enchanted place.
opening night of the festival was upon us now and theDeputy Chief MinisterDatuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg who is also the Minister of Housing and Urbanization, Minister
of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak opened the festival.
Deputy Chief MinisterDatuk
Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg
speech reflected a very impressive attitude towards music, arts and culture
He gave an outstanding
passionate speech about how the arts and harmony were important to the community
with sustained development that enhanced the aforementioned qualities he wanted
to see flourish in the community. For example, the Borneo Post Newspaper
reported, from his opening speech, that,
According to Abang Johari, music is a reflection of something
intangible and it transcends boundaries. In realising this, the state
government has revamped the council of arts and culture by giving positions to
those who are passionate in and have a sense of direction to arts and culture.
example of how the minister’s passionate view appears to be manifesting itself
is the new addition to The Old Kuching Museum that is being built on the River
foreshore so families can enjoy the outstanding picturesque terrain by the
river then go to the Museum.
part of the Festival, the Wild Swans
exhibition was set up in the old British Court House by the river, an
interesting experience for this really was uncharted territory for Western
Australian Artists and their artworks.
Professor Diana Davis
from the Australian National University talking with audience members
has travelled the world somewhat and Kuching, Sarawak as one viewed it whilst
walking around and looking out the hotel window towards Indonesia, appears to
be an unspoilt aesthetic jewel with a harmonious blending of cultures ancient
and exotic, with architecture to match; it’s an outstanding place for any
artist to visit or anybody else for that matter. One can only hope that this
wonderful city continues to show its fantastic passion and aesthetic vision to
the world and then, when the new museum is built, one believes it will be
another jewel in the crown of the State of Sarawak, Malaysia.