5 Upcoming Events For the Artsy Malaysian in You

R LBy Ray L

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be able to paint or draw to enjoy these events!

What’s art without culture and what’s culture without art?

With the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture emphasizing on Malaysia’s commitment to promoting arts and culture in the country, Malaysia’s local art scene is just buzzing with activities, exhibitions, shows, bazaars, and such; giving local artists a platform to express themselves creatively. Keeping in the patriotic spirit with Malaysia Day, explore and treat yourself with these 5 upcoming local events that truly capture the spirit of being a Malaysian by combining Malaysia’s culture with creativity.

1. Sepet the Musical

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Watch Jason and Orked’s love story come to life on stage with musical performances. Photo by

Even after a decade since she left, Yasmin Ahmad's artistry and legacy live on as Liver&Lung brings one of her masterpiece films to life on the stage with Sepet the Musical. Along with brand-new truly Malaysian songs and score, Sepet the Musical is a stage adaptation of Jason and Orked's love story and the racial and social pressures they face along the way. Catch the musical performance at GMBB, KL at either one of these dates; 19-22 September, 26-29 September, or 4-6 October.

2. Nambuyunan Rhythm Nation Dance Show

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The children of SK Stella Maris are small but powerful in their gold-medal performance. Photo by

The small is mighty in this dance show like no other! Coming off their recent gold-medal wins at the Dance World Cup 2019 (DWC), the children of Sekolah Kebangsaan Stella Maris from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah will be performing 12 dance numbers, including their award-winning traditional Nambuyunan dance performance from DWC. Don’t miss out on their performance at the Kuala Lumpur City Hall on September 23 and get your early-bird tickets right here for this performance of a lifetime!

3. “ART DISCOURSE: Body Expression As A New Art Form In Malaysia”

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Galeri Petronas’ “Art Discourse” series returns with their latest panel discussion on performance art. Photo by

Did you know there is a difference between performing arts and performance art? Attend the latest offering from Galeri Petronas, “Body Expression As A New Art Form in Malaysia” to find out more! Listen and learn from the experts at this panel discussion as they discuss the experimental and contemporary language of performance art and how the body works in forming a visual art expression. While admission to the event is free, spaces are limited so make sure to register and book your spots as soon as possible!

4. SeaShorts Film Festival 2019

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SeaShorts 2019 also features short films that were submitted to the SeaShorts and Next New Wave film competitions. Photo by

This one goes out to all the Malaysian film junkies. Skip going to the cinema this month and head over to the SeaShorts Film Festival 2019 instead! Held in Malacca this year from September 25 to 29, SeaShorts celebrates Southeast Asia's cinema with an endless amount of short film screenings by up and coming Southeast Asian filmmakers throughout the 5-day film festival. You can also attend the featured forums, workshops, and exhibitions to boost up your film prowess. So, go ahead and get your dugong passes now before they run out!

5. Art Expo Malaysia 2019

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Feast your eyes on local artworks in the SouthEast Asia Curatorial Exhibition or go international and visit the Art Town Exhibition. Photo by

You don’t have to know how to work a paintbrush to appreciate the artworks at this year’s Art Expo Malaysia. In its 13th year, Art Expo Malaysia 2019 features over 1,500 artworks from 60 international art galleries; promising to be the best edition of this art fair by far. Where else can you get a 3-day awe-inspiring visual experience for just RM 15? So, book your tickets, keep your schedules free on October 11 to 13, and head down to MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre to get your artistic fix!

R LBy Ray L