27 July 2018 – The Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS), will once again be hosting the annually held Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival. This year will mark the festival’s eight year running and this time it is bigger, better, and filled with a wider selection of performing arts events from different genres, bringing a breath of fresh air to the people of Kota Kinabalu City. 

SPArKS President Mr. Arthur E. Lee presenting a souvenir to Yang Berhormat Puan Christina Liew during their courtesy visit to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment office on 26 July 2018.
from left: May Salitah Naru Kiob (Sri Pelancongan Sabah), Zachary Mobijohn (Sri Pelancongan Sabah), Y.B. Christina Liew, Arthur E. Lee (SPArKS President), May Ng (SPArKS), Mary Malangking (Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Environment), Hana Harun (Sabah Tourism Board).

During a courtesy call to the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment Sabah yesterday, SPArKS President, Mr. Arthur E. Lee, explained to Yang Berhormat Puan Christina Liew that the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival will be held from the 9th of August to the 30th of September and will feature 10 performing arts events spread across the two months. Liew, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah, expressed her support towards the performing arts industry in Sabah and will look into how it can be improved in the future. She will attend the first event of the festival scheduled for the 10th of August.

Among the listing of events are 4 theatre plays namely ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’,’ A Tale That Must Be Told: Macbeth’, ‘Shakespeare Demystified: Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Sandcastle’. Also inside the festival duration are ‘Le Corsaire: A Pirates Tale (full length ballet)’, ‘The Journey Charity Concert (music and dance)’, music events such as ‘A Night of Brazilian Jazz with Grupo Da Bossa led by Malaysian Jazz musician Joan Jim’ and the Bazzar Music Fest, Kizomba Fusion & Urban Kiz Dance Workshop With Azlan Mckechnie as well as the Aerial and Dance Festival.

“We have seen encouraging growth in the local performing arts scene, and our vision is to keep performing arts alive and exciting in Kota Kinabalu, and even state-wide,” says Lee. “This year, our events cover a variety of performing arts genres so there is definitely something in store for everyone.”

For more information, event schedule and updates, log on to the SPArKS official website, visit ‘KKArtsFestival’ on Facebook, or get in touch with Eilvane Chieng (016-820 4284).

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