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Kuching to host Best of ASEAN Designers 2019 on 6 - 8 September
Posted on : 20 Aug 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: Sarawak government will continue to make its efforts to promote Sarawak as a destination for creative pursuits like those related to the arts, crafts and fashion.

This was mentioned by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, YB Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who pointed out that while it may not be the fashion capital of Asean and neither will it be a commercial hub, Sarawak can still become be a destination for creative industries.

“We are trying to promote Sarawak as a city that has life, heritage. We are very proud of the heritage, culture and apart from that, the types of tourists who will come in are good tourists – those who are able to appreciate arts and culture.

“We would’t want to see Sarawak as a commercial city, (we) leave that to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu, but leave Kuching to be a centre of the arts,” he said during the press conference on ‘Best of Asean Designers 2019’ (BOAD2019), an international fashion festival which will be held in Kuching on September 6 to 8.

According to the minister, BOAD2019 will showcase renowned fashion models and 21 designers from all over the ASEAN region and China.

He said the main objectives of BOAD2019 were to showcase creative talents of established and emerging fashion designers from South East Asia and also to provide a platform for collaboration and internationalisation.

Among the public figures said to be attending the event are Miss World Singapore and Miss World Malaysia title-holders, as well as famous fashion industry players.

“We are very proud to see they are very much involved as fashion designers and international models, and are willing to come down to a small city like Kuching. I believe they also have their own fans, models and designers coming from South East Asia.

“We are very happy to have this event on our shores and hopefully, what we are trying to do would make Kuching, Sarawak much more well-known and through that, Sarawak would get the spin-off effects that would be good for our socio-economy.

“Through this event, we are promoting fashion as an expression of the arts and culture, as well as entrepreneurship among creative talents in this region,” said Datuk Abdul Karim on the event which will be participated by Malaysian designers including artisan Ranong Peru and emerging designers Catherine Wong and Wan Bainun from Sarawak, as well as designers cum AFDS fashion ambassadors Orson Liyu, Michale Ooi and Fiona Poon from Peninsular Malaysia.

Participating designers will also be setting up pop-up stores to engage and sell their collections to shoppers while other programmes include the BOAD19 Gala Nite at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Sept 7, where Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will officiate at the event.