Malaysian artists in the spotlight at Jubilee Park

Performers perform traditional dance performances at Expo 2020 Dubai. Kamal Kassim, Gulf Today

Journalist, Gulf today

Some of Malaysia’s most prominent artists will take center stage at Jubilee Park on Sunday to perform a variety of cultural performances and musical presentations, in conjunction with showcase Malaysia Truly Asia.

The showcase will feature a host of cultural performances by troupes from Istana Budaya and the National Department of Culture and Arts, HANDS Percussion Malaysia, Sutra Dance Theater, with musical performances by Malaysian artists Syafinaz and Datuk Zainal Abidin. Miss Universe Malaysia 2020 Francisa Luhong James will make a special appearance at the event.

Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, founder of the Sutra Foundation and internationally renowned choreographer / dancer will direct the show at the Sutra Dance Theater. “Expo 2020 Dubai is a place where the world’s cultural diversity is celebrated. These many different cultures are brought to the shores of the United Arab Emirates for the global community to experience, have fun and learn from. We are especially proud to be a part of this celebration, ”said Ramli, who received the Padma Shri Prize from India in 2018 for his contribution to the dance form Odissi.

Bernard Goh, Artistic Director and Founder of HANDS Percussion Malaysia added, “Bringing our performance of traditional and contemporary Malaysian-made percussion to a global stage means that we can share the beauty and uniqueness of our music and culture to one. international audience. Their performance includes an original musical composition including such instruments as the timpani set, the big red drum, Chinese drums (shigu), bonang, gendang, jidor and Chinese cymbal.

The dance performances will see a unique plethora of Malaysian cultures, from Odissi, an Indian classical dance style, to traditional routines of Malaysian, Chinese and Borne customs. “Our troupe has been rehearsing daily for over a month now, to ensure that we deliver a truly remarkable and amazing show that vividly reflects Malaysian culture for international audiences at Expo 2020 Dubai,” said Mohd Ferdaus Hassan, deputy director of the production department of Istana Budaya. .

Malaysian music legend Datuk Zainal Abidin will also perform his best hits, Damai IV, Manis and Hijau. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “I am proud of this opportunity to present modern Malaysian music to the world. It’s also an exciting time for me personally as it will be the 30th anniversary since my song Hijau debuted.

The Malaysia Truly Asia showcase represents the melting pot of rich cultures that harmoniously exists in the nation. Datuk Ramli joked, “You will see Malaysian and Chinese dancers performing an Indian classical dance side by side, which reflects how the art unites people of different races and backgrounds.”

The performance is in conjunction with Malaysia Day which is the flagship event of the Malaysia pavilion at the World Expo, highlighting the nation’s achievements and progress in key sectors including economic, social, cultural , scientific and technological, as the day of honor granted by Expo 2020 Dubai to participating countries. The occasion also marks the milestone of 100 days of Malaysia’s participation in this third largest event in the world.

The public is welcome to watch the show from 8:00 p.m. at Jubilee Park in the Mobility District at Expo 2020, but come early to grab the best seats.

The self-built 1234.05 m² Malaysian pavilion is the first net zero carbon pavilion at the EXPO. The pavilion features a rainforest canopy inspired by Malaysia’s majestic tropical rainforest, blending cultural elements with nature and functionality in a futuristic building.

The pavilion bears the theme “Energizing Sustainability” to represent the nation’s commitment and approach to sustainable development. It is segmented into four sub-themes; “Energizing Today”, “Energizing Tomorrow”, “Energizing Harmony” and “Energizing Business”. Malaysia’s activities during the EXPO will include permanent 3D exhibits, daily cultural shows, craft demonstrations, cafe activities as well as 26 weekly themed trade and business programs.

Business weeks will involve a large contingent of 21 ministries, 70 departments and agencies, and five state governments initiating and supporting the programs. They will also bring weekly industry trade delegations to participate in pocket discussions, product launches, business matchmaking sessions and signing of memoranda of understanding. The Malaysian pavilion will also host and participate in summits and forums throughout the Expo.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is the ministry responsible for Malaysia’s participation in the mega event. The Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC) is the executing agency.

Meanwhile, Australian universities and thought leaders join global experts to discuss new frontiers in tourism and innovative approaches to technology during Travel and Connectivity Week at Expo 2020 Dubai, from January 9 to 15, 2022. They will share practical ideas and studies on sustainable tourism and digital connectivity as the sector balances the impact of our expanding digital world on our physical reality.

The following topics will be discussed:

Circular tourism models that put local communities at the forefront;

Ecotourism as a new norm;

Future decarbonisation of transport; and

How “smart cities” can ensure sustainable travel and connectivity.

Australia is committed to the sustainability of tourism and uses data science, along with the latest technology and analytics to preserve its spectacular landscapes, attractive way of life, rich ancient cultures and diverse people while fostering and attracting global tourism. Australia is a must-see travel destination with some of the best food, art, sport and culture experiences in the world. The Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai highlights why Australia is a premier destination to visit, experience and explore.

On January 11, 2022, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Yusuf Omar, co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a global video editor reaching millions of people daily on social media platforms, leads a masterclass workshop, “New Frontiers in Tourism At the Australian pavilion. Former CNN senior social reporter, multiple award-winning reporter, TEDx, UN and News Xchange speaker, Yusuf was a mobile editor at the Hindustan Times in India and correspondent in Syria and Congo. It explores new frontiers in tourism as a system change rather than a new destination and advocates the adoption of regenerative and circular models that prioritize local communities.

On January 13, 2022, from 4 pm to 6 pm, Professor Anne Hardy, Associate Professor Cultural and Heritage Tourism, Tourism and Sociology, University of Tasmania, presents “World Majlis: Off the beaten track, travel to the 21st century” at the Pavilion from India. She talks about mass tourism and ecotourism as a new standard and showcases Australia’s expertise in digital technology and its commitment to sustainable tourism. She says, “We wanted to understand exactly where tourists are going, so we designed an app called Tourism Tracer that uses GPS and includes a survey. This helps researchers understand exactly who the tourists are and where they are going in real time, so that tourism authorities and industry can actually understand exactly where tourists are traveling. The success of Tourism Tracer has led to changes in the way destinations such as Tasmania collect visitor information. Since its development, it has been used in many other national and international jurisdictions and is now marketed.

On January 14, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Professor Pascal Perez, director of SMART infrastructure facilities at the University of Wollongong, will co-host a panel “The future decarbonization of transport in smart cities”, at the Auditorium Terra. Professor Perez has 30 years of experience in advanced data analysis and simulation, as well as complex interactions within environmental, social and technological systems. He led participatory flood mapping in Jakarta and geosocial intelligence to improve business capabilities in Hong Kong. He has long been interested in social models and individual responses to technological, environmental and regulatory changes, as well as the influence of demographic transitions on the sustainability of urban, transport and health policies.

Dr May El Barachi, Associate Dean of Research and Head of Industry Outreach and Executive Learning at the University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD), will join Professor Perez as a co-host of the panel Smart Cities. A Canadian computer scientist of Egyptian origin and expert in intelligent technologies, graduated in telecommunications. engineering, computer engineering and computer science, Dr El Barachi has the breadth of knowledge needed to lead large-scale multidisciplinary projects in the fields of biotechnology, smart transport, smart cities, inclusion and innovation. .

Dr El Barachi will be joined by Dr Mohamad Nassereddine, Assistant Professor at UOWD, who has a keen interest in renewable energy, smart power systems, high voltage transmission and advanced smart grids. Dr. Haile-Selassie Rajamani, Associate Professor at UOWD, teaches signal and systems and control theory with a particular interest in renewable energy and power electronics.

James C. Tibbs