The Star, Malaysia's leading daily English language newspaper, will hold the 4th AV Fest hi-fi, home theatre and music instruments exhibition at the Crown-Princess Hotel in Kuala Lumpur this August 6, 7 and 8.
AV Fest '99 promises to be as big as the previous three shows; the 1997 show drew about 50 exhibitors and over 9,000 visitors over the three days, while the 1998 show, despite the economic downturn that affected the region, attracted 53 exhibitors and 7,500 visitors.
As in the past three shows, coverage of the event (and publicity run-in) will be through The Star's hi-fi and home theatre weekly pullout, AudioFile.
An agenda pretty much the same as other consumer shows around the world, agreed. There's a slight twist, however. A big part of the driving force behind the Fest is the fact that all proceeds from the gate are given to charity.
Last year, the total proceeds of RM70,000 was divided among three charitable organisations. In 1997, the ticketing collection of RM90,790 was again divided among another three charitable organisations, while in 1996, the total takings at the gate, amounting to RM74,000, went to four charitable organisations. This year, the proceeds will again be divided among deserving charities.
There have been some notable visitors in the past. AV Fest '96 had Peter Qvortrup of Audio Note, Philip Swift of Audiolab, Ben Gosvig of Englightened Audio Designs, Hi-Fi World editor Noel Keywood and renowned British hi-fi writer Alvin Gold, who is also a columnist with AudioFile.
The 1997 event saw Noel Keywood again, as well as Robert Lamarre of RL Acoustics, Allen Wright (author of The Preamp Cookbook) and Peter Holstein and Jakob Magnussen of Holfi, while last year's event had Allen Wright again, Robert Suchy of Clearaudio Electronic, Dr Riccardo Kron of KR Enterprise, and Peter Qvortrup of Audio Note.
For more details: AudioFile, The Star (M) Bhd, 13, Jalan 13/6, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia; telephone number is (603) 758-1188, ext 760/759. You can also reach 'em via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or browse the Audiofile Website
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