Traditional folk art forms and culture in the spotlight.
THE upcoming Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival on Sept 13-14 is all about community and creativity as it promises to shift the spotlight to traditional folk art forms and culture. Yet it has its fair share of contemporary pop artistes to get the curious masses through the door.
This inaugural festival – with outdoor, indoor and workshop areas – will take place at the sprawling Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac).
The entire KLPac arts complex is set to come alive with dance productions, martial arts, traditional theatre, film screenings, art market, music, open mic sessions and visual arts.
As a free admission festival, the main idea is to dedicate an entire weekend to the arts. Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival has curated a highly engaging programme ahead.
Nineteen performances have been handpicked by not-for-profit cultural organisation Pusaka for the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival, which includes traditional masters and folk art groups.
All these traditional acts will be playing at the Panggung Pusaka@Lawn on the festival grounds. From the Indian temple drummers and a Hokkien puppet theatre troupe from Penang to dikir barat, mak yong and wayang kulit groups from Kelantan, the masses will have much to discover on both festival days.
Chinna Rasa Urumee Melum Masana Kali, Kim Gaik Low Choon Teochew Puppet Show, Kumpulan Rebana Ubi Amok Perdana and Kumpulan Kuda Kepang Parit Raja are among the many folk-based highlights that represent a big part of Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival’s mission to expose traditional culture to the mainstream.
For a blend of contemporary dance, performance art and theatre, look no further than acts like Kwang Tung Dance Troupe, Lee Wushu Arts Theatre, Dayana Diwali, Rimbun Dahan Dance Programme, The Kinesphericals, a Butoh performance by Nyoba Kan (White Deers), Projek Disko Baldi and Five Art Centre’s 11 Objects.
On the music front, the Pentas 2 venue will be busy with names like Liyana Fizi, Bihzhu, Froya, MonoloQue, The Venopian Solitude, Nick Davis, Pitahati, Citizens of Ice Cream, Ali Aiman and more.
Elsewhere, the late Yasmin Ahmad needs no introduction. There will be a screening of the filmmaker’s most beloved films at Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival, like Gubra, Muallaf, Mukhsin, Rabun, Sepet and Talentime.
The family-friendly festival also starts at 10am and ends at 8pm, with a host of fringe activities to keep the masses occupied.