The Jakarta Post
The first ever International Lombok Jazz Festival will kick off at Sinkareang Park in West Nusa Tenggara’s capital city of Mataram on Aug. 18, in the hope of attracting more foreign tourists.
Festival organizer Ada Events Asia’s director Daniel Albert Yap told reporters in Jakarta on Monday that the three-day event would present dozens of national and international jazz musicians.
The foreign musicians will include David Gomes (Malaysia), Julian Banks (Australia), Koh Sax (Thailand), Michael Manson (the United States), Rhys Sebastian (India) as well as members of jazz groups Casiopea 3rd (Japan) and the Asian All-Stars Quartet (Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand).
Meanwhile, national artists who will perform at the free event include Barry Likumahuwa, Harvey Malaihollo, I Wayan Balawan and members of the Gilang Ramadhan Project.
“The Lombok Jazz Festival will become a new icon for Lombok tourism. It’ll also become a meeting platform for partnerships among artists, business players, government officials, association executives and society members,” Yap said.
Mataram Mayor Ahyar Abduh said the event was expected to help boost foreign tourist arrivals on the island, adding that his administration would prepare public facilities and infrastructure for the visitors. “The number of foreign tourists on Lombok is expected to increase to 3 million in 2017 from 1.5 million in 2016,” Ahyar said. (yon/ags)