Co-organised by Joyous Music Centre and Era Technology Communication Art & Design, with the Kiwanis Club of Gopeng as the main sponsor, the four beneficiaries were SMK Sam Tet, SMK Yuk Choy, Shen Jai High School and Poi Lam High School, all in Ipoh.
The one-day Ipoh Art & Music Charity Festival hosted at the multipurpose hall of Sheh Jai High School was a hive of activity, kicking off with an art exhibition that showcased the work of students from Era Technology. Visitors were able to get hands-on experience by participating in a mini canvas painting workshop.
The second part of the charity festival was a celebration of music which saw admirable performances by Joyous String Orchestra, Sam Tet Voices, Shen Jai High School Chinese Orchestra, Poi Lam High School Dance Troupe, the 24 Seasons Drums teams from SMJK Yuk Choy and Joyous Music Centre.
During the concert, Ken Leong mesmerised the guests with a saxophone solo, presenting “When You Believe”, a track on The Prince of Egypt. The award-winning Sam Tet Brass Band wrapped up the festival on a high note with a medley of popular tunes that got the audience clapping their hands and tapping their feet to the beat.
Guest-of-honour YB. Dr Lee Boon Chye, is a generous sponsor and strong supporter of community service projects through his Gopeng constituency fund as a Member of Parliament for Gopeng during his tenure of office. He was accompanied by YB. Tan Kar Hing, former Perak State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Art, Culture, Communication and Multimedia and the incumbent state assembly person for Simpang Pulai.
YB. Dr Lee, former Deputy Minister of Health (2018 – 2020) said, “Ipoh Art & Music Charity Festival is a long-awaited cultural event which will certainly infuse much-needed vitality in Ipoh, particularly after a break of almost three years following the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to cultivate a society that is rich in arts and music.”
In his welcome speech, the President of Kiwanis Club of Gopeng Mr Derek Koh thanked all sponsors and well-wishers for their generosity, alongside the close-knit collaboration with both Joyous Music Centre and Era Technology, to make this festival a success. “All proceeds from this art and music festival are channelled to the four high schools in Ipoh. We hope this modest donation can aid students to develop social and emotional skills beyond the focus on academic achievements.”
After four months of planning, the Ipoh Art & Music Charity Festival wrapped up with a crescendo of cheers from the appreciative audience.
Event: Ipoh Art & Music Charity Festival
Venue: Shen Jai High School, Ipoh
Date: 29th Oct, 2022
Time: from 10am