It’s safe to say that when an event happens successfully two years in a row, there’s a strong possibility its on its way to annual occurrence status. This year the Langkawi Live, One Earth Music Festival 2012 had increased sponsorship enabling more wide spread promotion, which bodes well for the 2013 possibilities. The festival attracted music fans from around Southeast Asia including travelers who altered their travel itineraries to attend.
The event venue was once again the Frangipani Resort & Spa in Pantai Tengah. The Frangipani practices up to 150 eco friendly measures in their quest for clean and green and were recently awarded the well-deserved and highly coveted ASEAN Green Award 2012. As an active participant in the Langkawi River’s Project, what better place to showcase not only world class music but also highlight the numerous environmentally friendly practices implemented successfully by the resort.
The One Live and Frangipani Teams did such a great job in creating the music festival that one of their initial intentions for this second-year-in-a row event almost got overpowered. The story behind the birth of the music festival is not just about music, but having a vehicle to spread the message of keeping Langkawi “clean and green.”
In 2011, seeing the advancing development in Langkawi, Frangipani Group Managing Director Anthony Wong did a little brainstorming with music loving friends Zarul Albakri and Patrick Chen and came up with the idea of a Langkawi music festival used as a catalyst to highlight green practices. This year’s Langkawi Live, One Earth Music Festival set the stage for ‘annual’ event status and the brilliance of bringing world class music to Langkawi as well as promoting environmental education.
The Frangipani Resort & Spa proudly claim to be the greenest resort in Malaysia, which may be seen by some as simply a promotional singsong thought up by some public relations team. But seeing the measures they have taken towards the goal of a “clean and green” Langkawi, it may be more of a verbal challenge to other Langkawi businesses; a practice what you preach encouragement to others to think outside the box in protecting Langkawi’s precious eco-systems.
Reduce, recycle and reuse is the Frangipani mantra and they do indeed practice what they preach. Anthony Wong is a strong advocate of responsible tourism and will often go to creative extremes, sometimes forgoing typical landscaping options, to ensure their environmental impact is at a minimum.
Frangipani’s eco practices include water recycling using plants such as Thalia and Water Hyacinth as part of the grey water filtration system to growing their own organic produce on site to a daily informative eco-walk through the resort’s grounds. From aluminum can wind chimes to aged bathroom fixtures, the Frangipani re-uses of every bit of resort refuse possible in their quest for a cleaner and greener Langkawi.
There are only 10 Malaysian resorts to have obtained the ASEAN Green Award this year, two of which are in Langkawi. The Frangipani Resort and Langkawi Live have joined forces rather nicely in raising the bar when it comes to sustainable tourism AND cultural events in Langkawi , the future looks bright for this annual event and a cleaner greener Langkawi.