What has tourism got to do with art, you may ask?
|Launch of the Art Trail Shuttle|
SY Lim puts it as ..
A bit of history here, 1 MCAT was initiated by our former Ministry of Tourism, YB Dato' Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen in 2010. It was an unusual tourism product with the intention to introduce foreign visitors to the gripping facet of the Malaysia. This year our new Minister for tourism and culture, Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri sums up succinctly "The well-known catch line 'Malaysia, Truly Asia' still rings true, but with 1MCAt on the rise, we may soon be hearing 'Malaysia, Truly Art', too,"
In the opening speech the minister conveyed the following;
"Malaysia's natural wonders have been her biggest draw for many years. However, we recognized that our contemporary art industry was burgeoning and compelling- an attraction in itself! 1 MCAT highlights the best of what the industry has to offer, and the festival is also a way to support our local players by giving them the limelight that they truly deserve."
>>1MCAT video for 2013 happenings. The 1001 Malaysian Artists and Sculptors exhibition is one of them!
>>Photos of the 1MCAT launch