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Mice Net : December 2008
convention & exhibition centres a cultural showcase At the klcc the Kuala lumpur conventIon centre is offering delegates some unique hands-on experiences in- between conference sessions. Cultural sessions include batik-painting, pewter-smithing, basket-weaving and songket-weaving, all available at international and regional conferences held at the KLCC on a complimentary basis. KLCC general manager, Peter Brokenshire, says the initiatives are in line with the centre’s vision to “provide fresh and exciting cultural exposure and insights to our growing legion of international visitors. In addition, we want to give back to the community by promoting traditional art.” Examples of what is available are as follows: Pewter-smithing – re-live the experience of olden-day pewter making at Royal Selangor’s School of Hard Knocks. Basket weaving – the craft of weaving together fibrous or pliable material, anything that will bend or form a shape and includes, but is not limited to pine straw, different types of grass, thread, branches, rattan and wood. Batik-painting – batik refers to the painstaking process of wax-resist and dye painting to produce a multi-coloured intricate design. Songket-weaving – another Malay craft is songket, a hand- woven fabric in either cotton or silk with fine gold or silver threads. Gamelan – The gamelan is a gong-based orchestra of bronze instruments only found in South-East Asia, said to have originated in the Bronze Age when local craftsmen experimented with the metal. Wood carving – originally found in the houses of Malay nobility, these delicate hand-carved items were much sought after interior decorations, gracing beams, doorways, window shutters, boat masts and even items as small as jewellery boxes. Visit www.klccconventioncentre.com for further information. 98 mice.net delivers for zest events When Zest events’ andy mether was searching for a conference venue with indoor and outdoor facilities at short notice she found one in the heart of sydney. The WatervieW Convention Centre is a $15 million facility situated in the geographical heart of Sydney, nestled within Bicentennial Park and overlooking Lake Belvedere. Ms Mether was seeking just the right venue for the Trenchless Australasia 2008 Conference. “The location housed both the conference itself as well as an indoor and outdoor exhibition, making full use of the lush and peaceful surroundings,” Ms Mether said. “I’ve worked with other venues but with WatervieW you still have the beautiful surroundings [and we] were able to have live equipment demonstrations, hands-on training and workshops and a highly enjoyable social and networking program.” WatervieW