THE year 2020, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, is obviously a write-off for any sort of event that draws crowds of people to a confined space, but enterprising organisers are already looking far ahead. Planned in the heart of Kuala Lumpur for the third quarter of 2021 is something that will gladden the hearts of hi-fi and AV enthusiasts in Malaysia – it has yet to be named but the groundwork is being laid.
“We have noticed that due to the MCO (movement control order) situation, many hi-fi enthusiasts are missing a fair this year. So, it struck us that there is a need to put on a great spanking fun audio-visual fair. The event industry is in a predicament, but we cannot just be waiting, idling away. We need to have some faith and plan now,” says Wilson Teoh, director of management/production outfit Gryphon Productions Sdn Bhd, the company organising this event.
“Discussions with potential venues have been concluded and it has been narrowed down to just two, with one having an upper hand due to its strategic location. Attendees and exhibitors can rest assured that the venue will be most conducive as it is a five-star venue,” he adds, adding that he intends to push the envelop for this show.
“For those who attend, it will be a totally new experience. There will be a lot of content, other than what the exhibitors are offering. Expect to see live performances and more. As organiser of the event, we need to ensure that attendees have a memorable experience.
“Having been in the concert, entertainment and events industry for two decades, we want to now bring in all our wealth of experience and inject it into the audio-visual industry. Times are changing and we need to evolve so that all stakeholders benefit. That is why we are also engaging a professional ticketing company as our partner.”
Teoh (pic below) has been in the business since 1999, as production director, promoter and manager for numerous events in Malaysia, including the Slash concert in Sunway Lagoon, Tom Jones in Kuala Lumpur, Russell Peters’ Almost Famous Tour date in Shah Alam and various other music festivals.
Teoh says he has been in touch with potential exhibitors across the nation and received encouraging response.
Keeping in mind current circumstances, he said he has also begun discussions with the relevant authorities to “to ensure that the event is properly sanctioned and organised with all the appropriate health guidelines in place.”
“It is still very fluid for the moment, but we feel that it is most important to commence all the ground work now rather than take a wait-and-see approach.”
More details will be released once the event has an official name and a date is set at the official launch in a few months.
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