Borneo Jazz Festival goes virtual

A poster for Borneo Jazz Festival (BJF) Virtual Journey.

KUCHING: The countdown has started for the Borneo Jazz Festival (BJF) Virtual Journey to be held between 6pm and 7.30pm from June 25 to 27.

Registration is free and it will be viewable on www.jazzborneo.com, TVS, and Shopee Live.

BJF will be a combination of flashbacks to past musical acts that performed at BJF as well as original pre-recorded sessions and interviews with renowned jazz musicians from Sarawak and around the world.

Viewers will be serenaded by a string of musicians, including Clinton Jerome Chua, O-Ha Soul Band, Nisa Addina, Borneo Jazz Talent Search 2018 winner Ta’Dan, and the ‘Prince of Borneo’ himself – Pete Kallang.

The BJF 2021 Virtual Journey will also feature exclusive interviews with Singapore’s ‘King of Swing’ and Asia’s Jazz Superstar Jeremy Monteiro; Dave Brewer of Dave and the Doodaddies; and John Hammond.

“After more than a year of watching the international entertainment industry, among others, innovate on how to reach out to their target groups, we look forward to seeing fans and new audiences embrace the BJF 2021 Virtual Journey,” said Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Sharzede Salleh Askor.

Through the virtual platform on www.jazzborneo.com, viewers can watch the performances, interviews, and flashbacks as well as engage with other online users throughout the 90-minute events.

Registrants will be eligible for the contest giveaways – free tickets to next year’s festivals, discounts to selected hotels, event merchandise, and much more.

TVS, Sarawak’s very own TV station on Astro (Channel 122), is BJF’s official broadcast partner and viewers can also enjoy the show there.

Grab is the official delivery partner. Those who register and access the musical events on www.jazzborneo.com will be able to order food and receive discounts with a special promo code.

With Shopee named as the official e-commerce partner, the virtual experience will also be streamed via Shopee Live, giving access to millions of households across the country.

STB has opened an official store on Shopee to feature merchandise from BJF, including BJF Limited Edition T-shirts, Limited Edition Batik Linut Face Mask, Limited Edition Printed Batik Face Mask, and other attractive products.

To get limited edition BJF merchandise, visit https://shopee.com.my/placeborneosdnbhd