A New Jazz Festival to Take Shape in Lombok

The Indonesian island of Lombok, East of Bali, is confirming to host an international jazz festival next August. An event which would culturally position the island.

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, reportd recently Indonesia’s newspaper, the Jakarta Post.

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.

According to 2016 data from Lombok International airport, total foreign arrivals on non-stop flights to the island reached a total of 139,224, up by 11.5% over 2015. Domestik arrivals at Lombok airport reached 1.728.698 passengers, up by 55.1% over 2015. Lombok Airport welcomed last year 3.63 million travellers compared to 2.48 million in 2015. This represented a growth of 46.4% between 2015 and 2016.

(Source: The Jakarta Post/ yon/ags)