Borneo Jazz in the jungle

Borneo Jazz in the jungle

The Borneo Jazz Festival is making a physical comeback this June after being held only virtually the past year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is one of the longest running Jazz festivals in the region, and the 17th edition will take place from June 24th to 26th at Coco Cabana in Marina Bay, Miri, Sarawak, while online viewers can livestream performances from their homes via an online platform.

He added that the hybrid concert was the best way to go this year based on the positive response received from the Borneo Jazz Virtual Experience last year. The Borneo Jazz Virtual Experience 2021 three-day journey garnered 244,637 online viewers from 43 countries.

With musical content curated by No Black Tie Presents, Malaysia’s foremost jazz promoter, music lovers can expect a spectacular mix of jazz and hip-hop, tribal vibes, world beats and electro-jazz grooves during the 17th edition of the Borneo Jazz Festival. Watch out for an eclectic mix of jazz musicians, rappers and DJs from USA, Hungary, Singapore, France, Malaysia and more lighting up the Borneo Jazz stage to celebrate cultural diversity, tradition and innovation. Sarawak Arts Council’s band Sarawak Symphony Orchestra (SONS) will also be taking to the Borneo Jazz stage for the first time in a continued collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board, with the aim to lift Sarawak’s local music scene.

Abdul Karim (fourth left) and other guests hold up the Borneo Jazz 2022 logo during the launching ceremony at the at Miri Airport

At the ceremony, Abdul Karim also announced Malaysia Airlines (MAS) as the official airline for the event. This was followed by the unveiling of Sarawak Tourism Board’s ‘More to Discover’ livery on three MASwings ATR 72-500 aircraft as part of the one-year collaboration with the Sarawak Tourism Board. Abdul Karim (third right) and other guests give their thumbs-up after unveiling the ‘Sarawak More to Discover’ livery on one of MASwings’ ATR 72-500 aircraft.

As the official airline partner for Borneo Jazz Festival, Malaysia Airlines and supported by its sister company Firefly, will offer attractive deals of up to 15 per cent discount on flights from Peninsular Malaysia, London, Australia and some ASEAN destinations to cities in Sarawak. Firefly will fly passengers from Penang to Kuching via its jet operations.

Abdul Karim (third right) and other guests give their thumbs-up after unveiling the ‘Sarawak More to Discover’ livery on one of MASwings’ ATR 72-500 aircraft

Jazz music lovers can start purchasing tickets for the Borneo Jazz Festival starting April 22 from the website . For the public category, a one-day pass is priced at RM128 per ticket, two-day pass is RM228 and a three-day pass is RM338. As for students and senior citizens, one-day pass is priced at RM88, two-day pass is RM128 and three-day pass is RM188. For those who want to enjoy the event virtually, tickets are priced at RM25 per one-hour block.

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