by KT Leong
The Visit Ipoh Festival kicked off yesterday at the Kinta Riverwalk amidst an eager crowd of hundreds and under perfect weather conditions.
Joining in on the opening speeches were the delegation from Fukuoka, Ipoh’s twinned city in Japan, who spoke on the many years of collaboration and creation of mutual understanding. They noted the slow down due to the pandemic but are happy with this resumption of relations.
From Persatuan Seni Tarian Dan Pendidikan Antarabangsa (PSTPA), Audrey Kwan, the Festival Director of the Visit Ipoh Festival, noted how she hopes that this Visit Ipoh Festival 2023 will pave the way for more such festivals, going forward in 2024, 2025 and beyond.
With the opening speeches done, an invigorating lion dance started up, pumping up the visitors for a fun filled day. Which was then followed by some Jazz renditions of fan favourites, including the iconic Doraemon theme song.
Stalls were set up with food, drinks and trinkets for sale, as well as a booth, bringing the spirit of Fukuoka to Ipoh.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this festival at least once, in these coming 6 weeks, before it ends on October 1st, with The Visit Ipoh Festival Charity Gala of the Arts, an evening of dance, music, and heritage appreciation.