Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival (KKJF) is an annual fund raising jazz extravaganza jointly organized by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS). Staged in the picturesque Nature Resort City of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the jazz festival brings together a musical melting pot of talents from around the world. KKJF recorded a crowd of over 4,000 people during the two –night performance.
The festival is on its eighth edition this year every since it was started in 2007. For 2016, the festival will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of July this year from 7pm to 11pm. For the days leading up to the two-night event, a series of fringe events and the much-anticipated KKJF Jazz Stars have been planned.
The festival is a fund-raising event. Money raised from ticket sales is used to fund deserving community projects run by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu. Past projects funded by the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival include the clean water project to the villager, literacy program, Avoidable Blindness Campaign, environment protection program, Free medical services to rural communities, initiate the development of the community’s cottage industry, building of boarding home for rural children.
The KK jazz Festival is now a signature event in Sabah’s annual calendar of events and Tourism Malaysia, and is also a key component of the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival.
Money raised from the KK jazz Festival is used to fund deserving community projects by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu – The Clean Water Project, Literacy Program and Eye Screening and Environment Protection. Some of the rural communities benefited from such initiative includes Kg. Timbou (Tuaran), Kg.Tamburan (Kota Belud). Kg. Kokol.
Clean water project at Kampung Timbou, Tuaran district
Environment protection – mangrove tree planting at Kota Kinabalu
Literacy Program and Eye Screening at Kampung Kokol
Literacy Program and Eye Screening at Kampung Tamburan, Kota Belud