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Kuching: Sarawakians had their say at the Borneo Jazz Festival (BJF) and Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) Official T-shirt Design Competition held at the Kuching Waterfront Godown Amphitheatre recently as they voted for their favourite T-shirt design to be produced as official merchandised items at both upcoming music festivals.

45 students from UiTM Samarahan submitted their entries. This year’s competition marked the first time that the public were invited to vote for the winning design and votes were collated at the event as well as online, with attractive lucky draw prizes to compel voters.

The winning entry for BJF came from Ms. Nurfatin Nadiah Bt. Tukiran, a 19 year old design student, while Mr. Khairul Nizam bin Rusli, a 20 year old design student took the honours for RWMF. In 2nd & 3rd place, were Mr. Afiezul bin Sailan and Mr. Mohd Nor Syaddiq bin Mohammad Hamsah for Borneo Jazz and Mr. Mohammad Aizzat bin Mohd Abd Hafiz and Mr. Abang Nasiruddin bin Abang Mohd Khalid for RWMF. (To attach photo of winners/designs)

Speaking at the presentation of prizes and certificates to the winners, Dato’ Rashid Khan, CEO of STB, said, “The t-shirt design competition represents the opportunity for bright, creative minds to share their vision and inspiration to convey Sarawak’s rich cultural identity to a worldwide audience at the two festivals. STB are proud to be associated with such esteemed institutions such as UiTM as we continue to present great events to entertain and enthrall Malaysians and visitors from around the world.  I’m very impressed by the students’ enthusiasm and their creativity! Hopefully, this programme will help develop a group of young people with passion, ambition and creativity that will be very useful to them in the future and for Malaysia”, he continued.

This initiative is also part of STB’s CSR programme in reaching out to students to assist in events organised by STB. Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur (KL) are also collaborating with STB to champion youth development which will see students of Taylor’s University in KL helping to promote the festival prior to the event, assisting with ticket sales and also helping out at the festivals whilst picking up invaluable learning in real-world scenarios at these world-class events. Taylors University will also be assisting to hold a preview at its lakeside campus on the 10 & 11 May. At this preview, two of the groups namely Les Doigts De L’Hommeand Yuichiro Tokuda’s RALYZZ DIG who will be performing at the Borneo Jazz festival will be showcasing their acts.

The BJF and RWMF have over the years become a worldwide phenomenon and are a testament to how far Malaysia has come in attracting the world’s best performers.  Just recently, the Rainforest World Music Festival was voted one of the 25 best international festivals by Songlines Magazine for the second consecutive year. It also ranks amongst the top five music festivals in Asia according to a review of global festivals by ContentCreatorZ, a content developers’ collective.

For more of the two festivals: Rainforest World Music Festival and Borneo Jazz Festival .