KK Jazz Festival is back in its 11th year with an exciting line up of 16 bands. This annual fund-raising jazz extravaganza is jointly organised by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu (SPArKS) and will see this being one of the biggest festivals in Kota Kinabalu. This two day event will be held on 21 and 22nd July (Friday and Saturday) at the Covered Tennis Courts of Sutera Harbour.
Organising Chairman of the festival, Rtn. Jack Ong, mentioned during the press conference that the money raised from ticket sales will be used to fund deserving community projects of RCKK and for the growing of the performing arts scenes in Sabah through SPArKS.
Some of the RCKK community projects funded by the Jazz Festival include the provision of clean water projects, literacy programs, avoidable blindness campaign to detect eye diseases early and free medical services for rural communities, environment protection programs, and building of boarding homes for rural children so they do not have to walk for 2 hours to school every morning.
Apart from that, the objectives of the festival are to provide budding local Sabahan bands a platform to showcase their talents during an international festival, collaborate with international artists at the festival and to create a tourism event for both tourists and locals to enjoy.
Co-Chairman of the festival and SPArKS President, Roger Wang, welcomes this year's line up for the exciting two-hour festival which consists of 3 international bands and musicians, together with 9 award winning Malaysian talents. The line up of performers for the festival are:
21 July, Friday (Day 1)
1. St. Francis Convent (Bakat Interact 2017 Winner) 2. Butod Project (Talent Search) 3. Gordon Chin (Malaysia) 4. Dominant 5th of Borneo (Malaysia) 5. Kangkung Belacan (Malaysia) 6. Nafas (Ireland/Malaysia) 7. Sada Borneo (Malaysia) 8. Rozella (Malaysia)
22 July, Saturday (Day 2)
1. Borneo Big Band (Malaysia) 2. Zuhaili (Talent Search) 3. Cumulus (Talent Search) 4. Origen (Spain) 5. Shun Ng & The Shunettes (Singapore/USA) 6. Dasha Logan (Malaysia) 7. Rainbow Children (Malaysia)
The doors open at 6pm and the festival ends at 11pm each night. Prices for the tickets are RM100 for a 1-Day Pass (per person per night) and RM150 for a 2-Day Pass (per person for two nights). Both tickets are for regular seating on a first-come-first-serve basis.