Tourism Perak chief executive officer Zuraida Md Taib (left) and LokaLocal founder Chin Yoon Khen exchaging documents after signing the MoU. Looking on is Tan.

SEVERAL interesting events have been lined up in conjunction with the launching of 22 Hale Street Heritage Gallery at Ipoh Old Town this weekend.

Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah is expected to launch the gallery at the Jan 20 event organised by the state government and the gallery.

The gallery aims to tell Ipoh’s story through the eyes of locals, as well as to promote the arts as a collaborative culture.

State Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing said in conjunction with the event, a programme called “Sama-Sama PoP” (Pride of Perak) would be held at Jalan Bandar Timah.

He said among the programmes planned were a bazaar featuring handicraft, arts and local creative products, food, tourism products as well as talks, cultural night, experience workshop and kebaya competition.

“Female visitors to the event on Jan 19 night are encouraged to come dressed in their best kebaya with batik designs to take part in the competition,” he said at a press conference after witnessing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Tourism Perak Management Bhd and local travel tech startup LokaLocal at the state secretariat building in Ipoh.

Tan added that several roads would be closed starting from today to Jan 20 to allow for preparations leading up to the event.

He said from today to Jan 20, Jalan Bandar Timah (Chye Hin building to Lam Fong Biscuit Shop) would be closed.

Jalan Bijeh Timah, Jalan Panglima, Jalan Market and Jalan Tun Sambathan will be closed on Jan 20.

Tan said the state government had taken the initiative with e-hailing company Grab to provide transport services to the gallery on both days.

“Grab has agreed to sponsor 1,000 trips for RM5 one-way where visitors can use the promotion code “Grabhalestreet’.

“Bicycle services will also be available for those who prefer to cycle,” he added.

Tan said they were expecting a massive crowd into the city, as Jan 21 was declared a public holiday for Thaipusam, making it a long weekend.

On the MoU, Tan said the initiative would help promote the local tourism, arts and culture industry in the state using a digital platform.

He said LokaLocal, as the digital platform provider, would introduce people to Perak’s hidden gems.

“The platform will allow people to hunt for uniqueness, special food, eco adventure, heritage workshops and for them experience the village life,” he added.

Tan said LokaLocal would enhance experience tourism, where visitors would have an opportunity to get hands-on in making pottery, handicraft or even cooking, among others.

Source: The Star