KUCHING: Sarawak is set to add another international-level music event to its impressive current repertoire when the state hosts the inaugural Borneo World Music Expo (BWME) from June 24 to 26.
The state currently hosts the annual Borneo Jazz Festival and the iconic Rainforest World Music Festival. Events at the new Borneo World Music Expo include conferences, workshops, networking sessions, trade fair and musical showcases. The event is targeted for musicians and artistes to develop new contacts and global reach.
The organiser of the exposition, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB), is encouraging participants from the world music industry to participate in this ‘first of its kind’ exposition in the region.
“The event is open to all professionals in the music field who want to increase their contacts, pick up new skills and exchange ideas in dynamic conference sessions. The expo also welcomes those who like to present their wares, products or music. STB expect delegates from all over the Asian region,” said the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) Director of Corporate Communications Angeline Bateman.
She reiterated that among the delegates who will be coming over are 20 international world music programmers who will share their skills in conference sessions.
“Registered delegates will be able to meet the programmers informally and in specially-designed one-on-one encounters,” said Bateman.
She added that these are the professionals chosen for their interest-in and history of booking artists from all over the world to appear at their festivals and venues throughout Asia, Europe, North America and elsewhere.
“For the exhibitors at the trade fair, BWME will be assisting to reach a select group of local, regional and international professionals who work in the cultural realm with special emphasis on music,” said Bateman.
BWME Conferences and Trade Fair will be held at the Pullman Hotel Kuching and is open for registered participants from 10am to 6pm while the musical showcase and nightly concerts will open from 8pm onwards at the same venue and open to public.
Musicians, managers, record labels, festival presenters, music venues, music professionals, cultural ministries, entrepreneurs, and technology companies can participate by registering through the BWME website online at www.BWME2013.com.