The Beginnings 2015; ALiA traces its roots back when Alex and Ayana were suppose to organize a two days Kizomba workshop by Albir Rojas from Panama and Carola Tauler from Madrid (Teaching Artist); Alex started by posting a promotion banner of the workshop in Facebook. Couple days later it has became a positive discussion topic within the dance community in Asia. He was approached and/or in communication with other well known dance artist offering their services in joining the workshop as teaching artist. The line-up from two artist become nineteen artist and at the same time he was blessed with a team of dedicated volunteered crew also his friends from the dance community offered to assist him in program execution, administration task and etc. Since then the two days workshop has become Asia first Afro-Latin festival – ALiA. ALiA was held in Kuala Lumpur Dance Association, Havana and Zero11 Club from 24 to 26 July 2015, it was a success and has attracted people from other Asia countries, Europe and United States, attended ALiA first
edition. ALiA 2015 was in partnership with Azlan Mckechnie from Scotland based in Malaysia and he is the first Kizomba instructor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2016; ALiA second edition was held in Resort World Langkawi Island, Malaysia from 27 to 31 July 2016. Langkawi is anrchipelago made up of 99 islands. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. Also, a duty free island and most popular beach destinations. An ideal location for ALiA second edition due to high request from Europeans and Americans who loves diving and sunny beach holiday. There was 25 international artist, 7 DJs and world recognized singers; Don Kikas and R.Lynda performed live singing in ALiA for the first time in Asia! ALiA 2016 was assisted by Sam Daz from Mexico based in Malaysia and he is the first Kizomba DJ in Malaysia. ALiA 2017 is in partnership with Ti Ni from Sabah based in Kota Kinabalu – Latin dance Instructor pioneered in Sabah.
2017; Throughout year 2016, there was more than 8 similar festivals held in Asia. The number of participants has dropped since then hence there was a hesitation to continue the festival. However, with the significant and continuous support from our main artist and crew, ALiA announced the third edition venue in Borneo Sabah at Beringgis Beach Resort from 27 to 31 July 2017! Throughout numerous venue viewing and inspections for almost 4 months, ALiA found and booked the entire beach resort for the festival! Full program consist of new shows, beach activities all under one roof and a fireworks opening ceremony – first time ever in Asia!