What We Might Have Missed During The 17th Borneo Jazz Festival


Themed ‘Jazz in the Jungle’, the 17th edition of Borneo Jazz festival (BJF) was held in a hybrid format for the first time to reach out to the greater jazz-loving community worldwide.

It was joined by an international community of jazz artists, rappers, and Djs from countries such as France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, USA, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, China and Malaysian artist as well.

The 17th edition of the Borneo Jazz Festival (BJF) was held at Coco Cabana from 24th to 26th July 2022, Miri with a line up of musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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.

While the main highlight of the event was the evening concerts which took place from 24th to 26th June from 7.30 pm to 1.30 am, the music festival was not short of other fringe activities for members of the public to participate with.

BJF had various interactive and educating activities such as the Eco-Art installation project, Borneo Lute Exhibition, Miri Sape’ Movement, Wellness Programme and the Artisanal Craft Bazaar.

The Eco-Art Installation project in collaboration with the Miri City Council and MYY Living Arts as a continuation of the Borneo Jazz Beat Plastic Campaign which was initiated in 2019 as part of the Borneo Jazz festival “Responsible Tourism’ programme to transform Miri to a sustainable and eco-friendly city.

Aside from that, the festival also organised the Eco-Drum project, an eco-friendly initiative and community music outreach programme to create unique drums and percussion instruments from recycling waste.

Held for the first time at the 2022 BJF, the story and the evolution of the Sape’ was dramatized through live Sape’ instrumentals performed by professional Sape’ artistes from the Sape’ Movement (Miri) community.

The Borneo Lute Exhibition consisted of four different boat lutes from Borneo Island (Sape ting dua, Sundatang, Tapi and Kecapi).

This year, RAKAN Sarawak was fortunate to join in the fun and experienced the music festival first handed along with other members of the public.

Here are some of the best moments captured behind the lenses during the 2022 BJF.

One of the main highlights of BJF is the Artisanal Craft Bazaar by Artsy Fartsy where local artisan displayed their crafts such as beads, weaving products and clay products.
One of the artisans that participated in the bazaar was Farashe.Fantasy with her display of string art
Before (top) and after (bottom) finished product of the string art
BJF also has a various display of delicious food vendors for the members of public to pick from
Apart from the evening concert, BJF also organised various workshops during the afternoon where the public participated in jamming sessions with the musicians
During this afternoon Eco Drum Workshop & Jam on Sunday, the public were given empty bottles so they can produce their own melody while jamming to the beat made by the musicians
It was all smiles and creating melodies during the workshop
Members of the public who could not resist taking pictures to immortalize their memories or posted on their social media whilst participating in the workshop
Fans of Sarawak songbird, Dayang Nurfaizah showing off their personal belonging signed by the singer herself
One of the musicians strumming on his guitar during one of the afternoon workshops
A visitor to the BJF looking at the products by one of the artisan vendor’s, Miss Tang’s DIY
Henna tattoo was also a big hit at the Artisanal Craft Bazaar
A visitors got her fortune told during a tarot reading session at the bazaar
A hornbill earring made from clay by artisan Clayfiction
Rainbow products by artisan Simpleknot
Sarawak songstress, Dayang Nurfaizah during her anticipated performance at Seahorse, Coco Cabana
Spectators who had waited since 5.00 pm on that Sunday afternoon eagerly took pictures and videos of the songbird during her performance
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