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Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 torch relay will end in Tokyo on 23 July. Music Press Asia
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Tokyo Olympic Games Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this year is already on its way (since 25 March), a year after the arrival of the flame. For another two more months, Japan will be watching the Olympic Flame tour more of its spectacular coastlines and prominent cities. Beginning its epic journey at the J-Village in Fukushima, the journey will end at the Olympic opening ceremony in Tokyo on 23 July, passing through 859 municipalities (47 prefectures). The first torchbearer went to Nadeshiko Japan, a football team who won…

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Computex, an exhibition in high demand post-pandemic, goes virtual. Music Press Asia
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Computex Debuts Virtual Exhibition

With conference dates for its physical conference rescheduled, Computex, an important exhibition for the global telecommunications industry will now happen virtually for one month: from 31 May to 30 June, 2021.     What used to be an annual event, the exhibition in Taipei now faces border control issues due to the pandemic and can no longer hosts its exhibitors, buyers…

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Bill Bensley, Designing Paradise. Music Press Asia
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Designing Paradise with Bill Bensley

Few can match the rich works of Bill Bensley when it comes to luxury design — landscaping, interiors and architecture —  in the hospitality world. Having designed more than two hundred properties since 1989, this television series made of thirteen episodes focus on some of the resorts and hotels located specially in Southeast Asia. Behind-the-scene footage show unfinished resorts, hotels…

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Written by Malaysian writer Adele Lim, Disney's latest animation project is also featuring four music artistes from Southeast Asia. Music Press Asia
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Raisa, Yonnyboii, SPRITE and Matthaios Featured on Disney Animation Soundtrack

Four music artistes hailing from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia have joined forces on a striking musical collaboration, titled Trust Again.  Inspired by the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia, Walt Disney Animation Studios have released Raya and the Last Dragon — its very first animation film representing the spirit of various Southeast Asian nations. The trilingual track, in line with…

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Malaysia Jazz Marathon 2020, held at Royal Selangor Pewter, goes livestream to help raise funds for the Malaysia Real Book Project. Photo courtesy of Horng Yih Wong.
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12-Hour Jazz Marathon Raises Funds For Malaysian Real Book Project

In what may seem to be another canceled event, the MJPF-TGT Jazz Festival 2020 is, with tenacious persistence, evolving rather unequivocally alongside lockdowns and movement restrictions. Initially postponed, the live event was canceled after its venue close down due to the increasing coronavirus infection nationwide. But with the excitement still cranked high, there was a need for drastic transformation; one…

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The National Museum of Indonesia in Central Jakarta will display the 'Pamor sang Pangeran' exhibition. Music Press Asia
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Indonesia Government Launch Month-long National Cultural Week 2020

Organised by Indonesia’s Education and Culture Ministry’s Culture Directorate General, the 2020 National Culture Week is taking place — virtually — from October 1 to November 30. Efforts to digitally and physically feature 4,791 artists, 27 conferences, 93 performances, 5 virtual competitions, 16 workshops and 5 exhibitions. For lovers of paintings by Affandi, Alam Ruang Manuasia (Human Space Realm) is…

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In an interview with Music Press Asia, Sidd a member of punk rock band Alien Sky Cult talks about the uncertainties faced in its region. Image courtesy of ASC. Music Press Asia
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Alien Sky Cult: “[This] Is A Tale Of Who We Are”

The pandemic has reached the state of Assam, and more specifically, Sidd’s city of Guwahati, the largest city in Assam in northeastern India. With more rainfalls than other areas in the region, it is where bits of the great Brahmaputra river drain passes before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Besides the pandemic, the Guwahatians are also facing great changes…

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As Australia preps for more changes in the live music industry, LEIF is launched to assist in its recovery from covid. Image courtesy of LEIF. Music Press Asia
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Australia Preps Return To LIVE

The LEIF COVID-Safe Guidelines was released last week ahead of the Event Summit, taking place online today where LEIF will unveil, along with partners EY, a first ever study to assess the economic contribution of the live entertainment industry in Australia. The Live Entertainment Industry Forum (LEIF), which represents Australia’s largest live entertainment and sport businesses has recently released its COVID-Safe Guidelines. Formed in…

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Margosa's song 'Penawar', produced by SOG Production, wins Anugerah Juara Indie 2020. Music Press Asia
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Margosa’s ‘Penawar’ Wins Anugerah Juara Indie 2020

Malaysian indie trio Margosa is hailed winner of Juara Anugerah Lagu Indie (#ALI2020). Its winning song ‘Penawar’ was performed alongside other twelve indie songs at Pentas Akhir at Spacerubix, Kuala Lumpur. And streamed LIVE at Kamar Seni Studio’s YouTube channel two days ago (October 3). ‘Penawar’ directly means antidote — is composed by Raja Nazrin Shah (SOG Production); lyrics by…

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Bechstein exhibiting its pianos at Music China 2019. Music Press Asia
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China’s Music Expo Is Going Virtual

Music China, jointly organized by China Musical Instrument Association (CMIA), Shanghai INTEX and Messe Frankfurt, is physically returning to Shanghai New International Expo Centre on October 28-31, 2020. One of the world’s largest expos of musical instruments, Music China, last year alone, hosted more than 2,400 exhibitors from over 34 countries and regions, drawing 122,519 attendees from 78 countries and regions. According to Music China, in order to seize the critical…

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