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Thursday June 20, 2013

A celebration of words

Bunraku, a Japanese traditional puppet theatre, will be showcased at KLPAC next week. Bunraku, a Japanese traditional puppet theatre, will be showcased at KLPAC next week.


The Cooler Lumpur Festival

Map @ Publika
Level G2-01, Block A5,
Solaris Dutamas,
1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6207 9732

JUNE 21 TO 23: An annual, multi-disciplinary celebration of arts and culture, this year’s Cooler Lumpur Festival is themed #Word – a celebration of words in all forms.

Supported by the British Council, MINI and Borders Malaysia, #Word will roll out a series of lectures, panel discussions, creative writing workshops, readings, art exhibitions, children’s activities and book markets to highlight topics ranging from literature, journalism and film, to poetry and social media.

The festival brings together international and loca l writers and panels, including award-winning author of teenage novels Nicola Morgan; recently named Best Young British Novelist Benjamin Markovits; Burmese surge on and human rights activist Dr Ma Thida and award-winning Thai author Wipas Srithong. Local speakers and panels include writer, publisher and independent filmmaker Amir Muhammad; National Laureate A. Samad Said; novelist Chuah Guat Eng; journalist and writer Rehman Rashid, and writer and activist Marina Mahathir.

Cooler Lumpur will also play host to the only South-East Asian segment of the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference (EWWC), the world’s largest travelling conference on the state of literature. From 10am to 9.30pm. Check website for detailed programme and ticketing info.

Future + Traditions
Solaris Dutamas,
1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
Kuala Lumpur
http:/ /www.make-condition.com/dreamlab/ #industrial

TILL JUNE 29: In conjunction with World Industrial Design Day 2013 (June 29), Pereka (Industrial Design Association of Malaysia) curated this two-week exhibition and workshop series to showcase Malaysia’s design culture.

Talks include topics like “Manufacturing Product Design” by design consultancy Orca Design, and “Real Projects” by Panasonic and design firms Adi reka and P roreka. Experimental design workshops are open to design students. Check the website for detailed programme. From 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

The Industrial Design segment is part of dreamlab, a two-month design exhibition, workshop and mini-bazaar based on the theme Future + Traditions.

Encompassing visual communications, industrial design, fashion design and architecture, dreamlab aims to promote design, inspire local designers and create a design identity for Malaysia.

Blood donation drive

Kelana Jaya Medical Centre (KJMC)
1 Jalan Perbandaran SS 7,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7805 2111

JUNE 22: In conjunction with World Blood Donor Day on June 14, KJMC and National Blood Bank are running a blood donation drive. World Blood Donor Day aims to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid donors for their life-saving gift of blood.

According to World Health Organization, 65% of blood transfusions in low-income countries are given to children under five years of age. From 9am to 12.30pm. Admission is free.


Good Vibes Festival

Sepang International Kart Circuit
Jalan Pekeliling,
KLIA, Selangor.

AUG 17: Get psyched for the most happening music event in Malaysia this year – the Good Vibes Festival. Headliners include Grammy Award-winning alternative rock group Smashing Pumpkins, American Indie outfit Modest Mouse, Northern Irish pop punk outfit Ash and Canadian garage rock band Japandroids – all of whom have never played in Malaysia.

Organised by Future Sound Asia, the festival also showcases local DJ crews like Twilight Actiongirl and Deer Society, and bands like MonoloQue, They Will Kill Us All, Kyoto Protocol, Tenderfist and Liyana Fizi. Tickets range from RM158 (pre-sale) to RM258 (VIP), are sold at myticket.my and all Rock Corner outlets in the Klang Valley. Early bird tickets priced at RM128 are available till June 23. From 4pm till the party ends.

Korean pop concert

15th Floor Event Hall,
KWC Fashion Mall
2 Jalan Gelugor
Off-Jalan Kenanga
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9222 8811

JUNE 29: South Korean pop singer, actor and model, Lee Min Ho is set t o thrill fans with his first live world tour performance in Malaysia. The 26-year-old Lee is best known for his leading roles in popular South Korean drama Boys Over Flowers (2009) and action drama City Hunter (2011).

Win free concert tickets by shopping at Viva Home Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur, between June 17 and 23. For details, you can check at www.vivahome.com.my. Tickets are priced from RM183 to RM683 and sold at www.ticketcharge.com.my. Show starts at 7pm.


Traditional Japanese puppet theatre

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts (KLPAC)
Pentas 2, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan,
Off Jalan Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4047 9000

JUNE 28 & 29: Known as one of the most highly developed puppet theatre arts in the world, this traditional Japanese theatre dates back 400 years. Bunraku is noted not only for its high-quality artistic technique but also its top-notch joruri (a type of shamisen music) an d its unique way of manipulating the puppets. Each puppet requires three puppeteers to bring to life. Unlike the usual puppet shows where the puppeteers are hidden, the Bunraku master puppeteers perform in full view of the audience.

Led by Living National Treasure of Japan, Kanjuro Kiritake III, the Kuala Lumpur show will feature puppets that are part of Japan’s historical artifacts. The show is presented in three parts: an interpretation of a harvest celebration dance, an excerpt of the classic Fox In The Inner Garden, and a behind-thescenes demonstration.

Tickets are priced from RM60 to RM300 (premium tickets); RM30 (Students, Disabled, Senior Citizens, JCKL/JFKL/TAS members). Show starts at 8.30pm both days, and also at 3pm on June 29.


Beat neck and back pain

SSL (Puchong) Dialysis & Stroke
Rehabilitation Centre
Lot PT-39480, Jalan Industri PBP 3,
Taman Industri Pusat Bandar
Puchong, Selangor.
Tel: 03-5882 9181 (for registration)

JUNE 22: Looking for ways to mitigate your chronic neck or back pain? Do you know what causes neck or back pain? Check out a series of community health talks on the subject.

Conducted by occupational therapists, the first talk features the architecture of the spine and what causes a deteriorating spine.

Talks on July 6 and July 27 are “Maintaining The Health Of Your Spine” and “Every Spine Needs Some Workout” respectively. From 9am to noon. Free admission. The talks are held in Mandarin but slide presentations are in English and Chinese.


Flesh: Blacks & Whites

Wei-Ling Contemporary
G212 & 213A Ground Floor,
The Gardens Mall,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2260 1106/2282 8323
E-mail: weiling.shaz@gmail.com

TODAY: This exhibition marks the first solo showing by one of Malaysia’s up-and-coming contemporary artists, Sean Lean. Portraits of albinistic animals have been a recurring theme in Lean’s works.

The 32-year-old is inspired by his inherent obs ession with flesh. Each animal depicted in the paintings represents a particular facet of Lean’s self.

The harsh slashing of the peacock’s feathers (ultimately its crowning glory) for instance, in the piece entitled White Peacock: A Fowl And Some Feathers, is a symbolic portrayal of the artist shedding any existing traits of vanity.

Lean has shown his works in various group exhibitions around Kuala Lumpur, and most recently at ION Art, Singapore for 18@8 KULSIN. Gallery opening: 10am to 9pm. Admission is free.

Ravana – The Haunting

Sutra Gallery
12 Persiaran Titiwangsa 3,
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4021 1092

TILL JULY 3: Following his last solo exhibition, Feral Odissi with Sutra Foundation, Odissa-based artist Kishore Sahoo is back to showcase his latest drawings and paintings.

In Ravana, Sahoo explores both the fantasised and romanticised myth of Ravana – the enigmatic figure in the Hindu epic Ramayana. He portrays the non-evil side of Ravana by connecting him with images of earthy symbols like serpent, lotus, music and the Tree of Life.

“For me, Ravana is associated with our suppressed desire, and his myth is to do with our subconscious,” says the artist.

Gallery hours: 11am to 5pm. Admission is free.


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