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​Malaysia: Italy participates in the Borneo Jazz Festival and opens the exhibition on Leonardo

The second evening of the ‘Borneo Jazz Festival’ held in Miri, in the Sarawak region in Malaysia, and now at its 14th edition, was dedicated to Italy. It is the second year that Italy, thanks to the promotion of the Italian Embassy to Malaysia, participates in this culture sharing initiative between foreign Countries and local music groups. In fact, the event is not only a jazz music festival but a laboratory dedicated to cultural exchange and the sharing of technical know-how and experiences, by putting artists of international renown in contact with young Malaysian talents.

The Italian group that performed in the 2019 Festival was the Alberto Marsico Trio which, in addition to the musical performance, also held an afternoon workshop attended by several young talents. Concomitantly with the opening of the Festival in Miri, the Malaysian Embassy in Rome offered a musical performance featuring one of the most famous artists of Sarawak traditional music who played the ‘Sape’, the traditional instrument of indigenous groups. Moreover, during the same days, the National Art Gallery of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur opened the exhibition entitled ‘Leonardo Opera Omnia’. Only in the first week after opening, the exhibition was seen by almost 13,000 visitors who stood in long queues to appreciate the real-size digital reproductions of the most famous works by the Italian genius.