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Discover "The Archived is Alive" by Borneo Boat Lute Revival X Pitt Rivers Museum: Reviving Cultural Connections through the Boat Lute

"The Archived is Alive," is an exciting project that bridges the gap between museum curators, cultural practitioners, and the captivating world of the boat lute. Join us on a remarkable journey as we explore the rich heritage and enduring traditions surrounding this remarkable instrument.

The project team made up of cultural practitioners, curators, and artists are embarking on a transformative expedition from Borneo to the United Kingdom. Their mission is to delve into museum collections, investigate cultural artifacts and breathe new life into the archives. By shedding light on the ongoing practices and preservation efforts of the boat lute in rural and urban communities across Borneo Island, they aim to amplify indigenous voices and reimagine the role of databases and archives.

This month, the passionate grantees will visit museum collections and embark on a voyage of discovery, discussion, and database exploration. We invite you to join us on this remarkable adventure of cultural revival. Scroll down to see the key dates!


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Public Talk - 13th May 2023 (UK)

Time     : 14:30 - 15:30 p.m. 

Venue   : Clore Balcony, Lower Gallery, Pitt Rivers, Oxford University  

Free admittance. No booking required.

Sharing Session & Demonstration - 30th May 2023 (UK)

Time     : 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

Venue   : St. Ethelburga's Centre, 78 Bishopsgate, London 

Free admittance. Click here to register.

The Lost Instruments: Talk and Sharing Session - 20th August 2023 (Malaysia)

Time     : 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Venue   : Borneo Cultures Museum, Kuching 

Free admittance. Click here to register.

About Boat Lutes

This project holds a special focus on the boat lute instrument. These plucked string instruments, found throughout Borneo, have deep roots in indigenous communities. While some boat lutes have evolved into contemporary instruments, others face the risk of becoming rare and endangered.

This project is supported by the British Council's Connections Through Culture grant, which aims collaborations and connections between cultural practitioners are fostered.    

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