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Looking for Borneo: book release, concert & art exhibition, Ubud, October 3

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  • Looking for Borneo: book release, concert & art exhibition, Ubud, October 3

    A celebration of Borneo in images, words, music and dance

    On Friday 3rd October, Bali’s Ubud Botanical Gardens will play host to a unique event. A large crowd of locals and visitors is expected to gather for an extraordinary evening of music, artwork, photography, dance, literature and fun.

    The event, to take place in the new pavillion, commences at 6.00 pm. Participants of the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival will join Indonesian and expatriate Bali residents.

    “Everyone is welcome!” explained Mark Heyward, author and one of the event organizors. “There is no entrance charge, but we are asking for a donation of Rp100,000 to help cover costs. The donation will get you a free drink and a chance to win a trip to Kalimantan or other prizes.”

    The event is a celebration of the culture and environment of Borneo island. Traditional Dayak dancers from the jungles of Kalimantan will perform alongside Lombok’s ‘Qisie and Friends’, playing what has been called ‘kampong folk-rock’.

    An exhibition will feature the inspiring photographs of David Metcalf and a new collection of colourful works by Ubud-based artist, Khan Wilson, produced especially for the event. In addition to joining Qisie and Friends on stage, Mark will present readings from a new book, against a backdrop of art projections and live music.

    The new book, to be released at the event, is titled ‘Looking for Borneo; images, words and music inspired by the book, Crazy Little Heaven’. Lavishly illustrated by Wilson and Metcalf, the coffee table book features Heyward’s acclaimed writing and includes a bonus CD of the writer’s original songs performed with Qisie and Friends.

    “Borneo’s great forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, and with them many creatures including the orangutan, and the indigenous Dayak cultures that rely on the forests,” explained Mark. “The book and the event will raise awareness and will also raise funds to support three charities which address these issues.”

    About Looking for Borneo
    Looking for Borneo will be released on October 1. The book is published by Creatavision Publishing Australia, P.O. Box 2083, Parkdale Victoria. To learn more contact Clare McAlaney on [email protected]

    About the three charities benefiting from the event and book
    Ransel Buku is a grassroots program providing environmental, health and cultural education to Dayak children in Central Borneo.
    Darung Tiang Dayak Dance Studio is a new cultural program in Pelangkaraya.
    Pelangi School Scholarship Program provides a high quality, holistic education for needy children from Ubud and surrounding areas.

    Contact: David Metcalf
    Tel. 0811 133 1255
    Email: [email protected]
    Date: 3/9/2014