Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB), UEM Sunrise Berhad (UEM Sunrise) and Khazanah Nasional Berhad (KNB) will jointly organise ISKARNIVAL 2017 for the sixth time. The event will celebrate Iskandar Puteri’s newly-acquired city status which will take place on 22 November 2017. Iskarnival Kool will be held from 25 to 26 November 2017 at Puteri Harbour while Iskarnival Aktif will be held from 2 to 3 December 2017 at EduCity Sports Complex.
The Johor-based arts and culture carnival will bring people together through youth and family-friendly entertainment, fun-filled activities and music, while attracting locals to experience the attractions and offerings in Iskandar Puteri. Iskarnival Kool, led by UEM Sunrise, will highlight Malaysian pop culture and trends while Iskarnival Aktif, spearheaded by IIB, will focus on sports and outdoor recreation.
Iskarnival Kool will encourage the exchange of ideas and elevate the people’s sense of appreciation for Johor’s rich heritage and culture. The evolving story of Iskandar Puteri will also be narrated through the shaping of the area’s identity and character, in line with the city being the hub for innovation and creativity.
Hence, the carnival provides a platform to showcase and share ideas on better living and community empowerment for local initiatives and talents. With over 15 venues, 1005 local talents from across Malaysia out of which at least 53 percent are Johoreans; the festival hosts movers and shakers from various industries such as music, visual arts, food and beverage, technology, heritage, human resources and environmental preservation.
Visitors will be entertained by talented Los Angeles-based internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Yuna and veteran local artiste Sheila Majid. The musical acts will be accompanied by outdoor activities such as fly-boarding, giant board games and the Mini Spartan Race. Taste of Tiffin will also present a gourmet food bazaar on the Puteri Harbour promenade.
Iskarnival Aktif complements other sports events that are being organised at EduCity sports complex, such as the Sundown Marathon, The Major League Championed by Celcom, EduCity Swim Meet and the upcoming EduCity Duathlon.
Iskarnival Aktif will feature the inaugural Iskandar Puteri Sevens rugby tournament, an international event by the Johor Rugby Union, which is intended to become an annual event with a veteran category for the die-hard fans. Kick-boxing fans will get to enjoy Iskarnival K1 International, a two-day competition showcasing fighters from Brazil, America, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. A mixed martials arts (MMA) half-day tournament will also be held in the indoor stadium consisting of 20 bouts. Another highlight is the Academy of Esports (AOES) which brings partners to educate Esports enthusiasts and open career opportunities in the Esports industry. Last but not least, concert Aktif will feature local artistes Zainal Abidin, Joe Flizzow and Alleycats.