KOTA KINABALU, 29 March 2019 – The Sabah Tourism Board (STB) will be organising ‘Lampoopalooza’, a light art installation to mark the anniversary of the building on 5 April, at 6:00 p.m. around the Sabah Tourism Board office at Gaya Street.
The event will feature a production of a special video projected on the entire building and an artistic display of lights surrounding areas to position the historical street as Kota Kinabalu’s signature stretch.
This year’s video installation follows Kota Kinabalu’s first-ever show produced by STB last year, during the building’s centennial celebration.
“We are excited to continue this innovative event at our heritage building, which will attract both locals and international tourists. It will raise Kota Kinabalu’s prominence into a vibrant city in the Borneo island,” said State Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, YB Assaffal P. Alian.
“Gaya Street will be transformed into something magical with the help of a specialised agency on creative light content as well as all the communities working and frequenting here. The highlight of the event will be KK’s largest outdoor projection on a building,” Assaffal added.
The STB building was first occupied in 1918 and officiated by the Governor of the British North Borneo Chartered Company. Later, it was renovated to house the Treasury, Audit Office, a bank and the Post Office until 1986. The State Government officially gazetted it as a historical building in 1988. The building underwent restoration before reopening it in 1991, to house the Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation, now the STB Office.
“The structure of the building is very suitable for the event. Affected roads will be closed for motorists to make way for the event so the public can enjoy freely. Ice cream will be given out to visitors, and the popular food trucks will be selling well-loved dishes throughout the night.” Assaffal said.
The event will be officiated by YB Datuk Christina Liew, the Sabah’s Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah.