Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival And Johor Craft Festival
PRESS CONFERENCE OF KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL CRAFT FESTIVAL AND JOHOR CRAFT FESTIVAL 2016
SINGAPORE, NOVEMBER 8, 2016 – The Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation, in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia Singapore, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, today hosted a Press Conference on the Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival and Johor Craft Festival 2016. It was officiated by Madam Hajah Zuraida binti Mokhtar, Director General of the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation.
Present at the ceremony were Mr Ishak bin Ismail, Director, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board Singapore, Mr Yusak bin Haji Mahamud, Deputy Director General (Development) of the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation and Encik Ibrahim bin Ismail, Senior Director, Industry Development Division, Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation.
The Press Conference was held to publicise two large-scale activities to be organized by the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation, namely:
- Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival which will take place from 24 – 27 November, 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex, Kuala Lumpur.
- Johor Craft Festival which will take place from 15 – 25 December, 2016 at the Angsana Johor Bahru Mall, Johor Bahru.
KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL CRAFT FESTIVAL
The second Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival (KLICF) will be held for four days with the theme ‘Craft Unites People’, featuring a total of 450 craft entrepreneurs from 33 countries to be invited. The effort by the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation to gather craft entrepreneurs from around the world under one roof, has been fruitfull when the inaugural event in 2015 received an overwhelming response from local visitors and also from abroad.
With the aim of promoting local craft products to the international level and also promote the uniqueness of craft products from abroad, the Festival this time will see participation from Azerbaijan, Brunei, Bhutan, Bosnia, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iran, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, The Philippines, Pakistan, Republic of Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, United States of America and Malaysia.
The Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival is a platform for local and international craft entrepreneurs to learn and exchange information on the craft and culture among them. Activities that will be presented during the course of the Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival are:
v Craft Sales (Domestic- 280 entrepreneurs, International – 140 entrepreneurs)
v Demonstration(Domestic-20 entrepreneurs, International – 10 entrepreneurs)
v Cultural Show (Domestic – 6 groups, International – 6 groups)
The 2nd edition of Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival will be officiated by the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, The Honourable Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz on the grounds of the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation at Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, on 24 November 2016. Prior to the Opening Ceremony, is the Pre Launch on 15 November 2016, also will be officiated by the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, The Honourable Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz.
In conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival, a Workshop on ASEAN Fashion Design & Exhibition will be participated by ASEAN countries, namely Indonesia, The Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar and Malaysia as the host.
JOHOR CRAFT FESTIVAL
With the participation of over 300 craft entrepreneurs from all over Malaysia, the 6th edition of the Festival, held since 2011, is aimed at encouraging local communities as well as from Singapore to use craft products in everyday life. The festival has able to attract interest and anticipated by people in Johor Bahru and also Singapore as its presents the latest and high-quality products that come directly from entrepreneurs in textiles, forest based products, ceramic, metal craft and various crafts. The 11-days festival’s variety of activities are as follows:
- Sales of Craft Products
- Exhibition and Sales of New Products (Batik Block Product, Borneo & Johor Crafts
- Demonstration of Batik Block
- Batik Block Exhibition and Craft Interactive (Fun Block)
- Demonstration of Johor traditional cooking (Bugis, Jawa & Banjar)
- Guided Tour
Visitors’ Attractive Acitivities
- Weapon Making Competition “Forged In Fire”
- “Art Stamping” Competition
- Children Zapin dance Competition
- Tazkirah in conjunction of Maulidur Rasul (Shamsul Debate)
- Johor Traditional & Contemporary Arts Performance
It is hoped that the organisation of the two events, namely the Kuala Lumpur International Craft Festival and Johor Craft Festival could become a platform for local craft entrepreneurs, particularly in sharing experience and exchanging knowledge related to craft arts with entrepreneurs from abroad. This opportunity should be utilised to further increase the production of craft products and further developing the national craft industry. It is hoped that such efforts will help position Malaysia as a tourist destination of choice. ENDS