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!
What makes ALiA different apart from change of locations each year to support the local dance community is that they design unique programs with their people in mind. ALiA make their programs just as entertaining and as interesting as possible and authentic. ALiA attempted to maintain an atmosphere of respect, fair, safe and fun. The response of the public has amply
justified the programs. Each year ALiA introduce different types of new programs that has never been hosted in the Asia region such as DJ battles in year 2017, Afro-house animation dance battle in year 2015 and etc. ALiA also took the location as an opportunity to introduce the local culture for example introducing the world recognized traditional Borneo dance into 2017 program.
Guests are entertained with colorful Borneo cultural performances and join in the fun activities and dance. People who participates, not just gaining experience while enjoying the programs but are part of something incredibly different each year!
ALiA mission is to held the festival in different locations to promote the country and it’s local dance community. After all, ALiA want to make sure they are here for the dance community—it’s their legacy. And they know the same is true for them.
That’s why ALiA vision is to be behind every dance stage, in every countries, at every dance community! ALiA knows that promoting the right people makes a difference and they believe they have the best people crafting the best festival in the industry.
ALiA believe that their artist and crews are part of ALiA family, helping them to execute quality programs and serve the community like no other festival. And it is ALiA core values of excellence, respect and integrity that guide and drive them every year.