ISKARNIVAL Eko 2019 returns to celebrate the second year of Iskandar Puteri as a city on Nov 30 and Dec 1 at Puteri Harbour.
To honour planet Earth and to commemorate Iskandar Puteri’s aspiration of becoming a green city, master developer UEM Sunrise Bhd has lined-up a feast of live performances, outdoor activities, workshops, visual arts, bazaars and street circus acts. In its eighth year now, Iskarnival Eko is Iskandar Puteri’s platform for local initiatives and talents to showcase and share ideas on working, playing and living green — curated to initiate social change and reduce environmental impact.
This free public festival aims to draw audiences to strengthen appreciation for the natural resources in an urban context. From new trends in the Malaysian culture to visions of a better future, the festival’s programme highlights the works of local artists and artisans as they get together to promote Iskandar Puteri with their spirit and fervour in making a difference to protect the environmental ecosystem from rapid deterioration.
UEM Sunrise MD/CEO Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib said: “Iskarnival Eko reflects the vibrancy and highlights the creative communities in Johor, as well as beyond, providing a platform for them to showcase their talent and products to an eco-conscious township.
“As a responsible property developer; we design living, working and recreational environments to be conducive and improving social conditions, while taking initiatives to conserve natural resources and protect the environment. Around 100,000 visitors are expected to make their way to Puteri Harbour on both days for Iskarnival Eko, whereby we hope to influence these communities and the public to become eco-conscious and more alert of our environment.”
In line with the eco theme, Indonesian visual artist and sculptor Andi Ramdani will repurpose a largescale interactive bamboo installation that is inspired by the Malay Archipelago called Kubah from another festival in Kuala Lumpur. This year’s highlights include an additional venue at Puteri Harbour — the Sandy Beach — featuring Slide the City, a giant and thrilling inflatable slide. The water used for the event is recycled through a large filtering system that will allow people to enjoy the ride throughout the event without using excessive amounts of water.
There is also an Electronic Dance Music concert featuring both local and international DJs at the Sandy Beach area after 6pm till late on Nov 30.
Iskarnival Eko’s another highlight is the RTM Big Gig Concert that will feature Akim and the Majistret, Ella, Ramli Sarip, Zainal Abidin, Man Kidal, Hillary Ang, Jeffrydin, K-Clique and Gerhana Ska Cinta on Nov 30.
For the second day, RTM’s Bintang Pujaan 10 concert will feature singers like Zamani, Siti Noordiana, Shiha, Wany Hasrita and Syafiq Farhan.
This year’s cultural and street performances include Rainforest World Music Festival performance from Sarawak At Adau, Dikir Barat, Drum Funk, Nyoba Kan & Souls Impact Percussion, Rithaudin Dance, International Street Circus and Viva Circus.
There will also be an Eko Bazaar, Eko Film Screenings and Eko Conscious Market to encourage the reuse of items and entrepreneurship.
These bazaars will be selling arts and crafts, vintage items, accessories and collectibles that are mostly locally sourced by Johorean entrepreneurs.
In conjunction with Iskarnival Eko, there will be a tree plant giveaway. To supplement the tree giveaway, there will be various workshops hosted by non-governmental organisations to assist with recycling and green living practices.
Visitors will also be treated to a display of musical fireworks at 11pm on both nights.