Feast of tradition: Art festival highlights the splendours of heritage


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  • Thursday, 11 Sep 2014

Folk at heart: Penang's Kim Gaik Low Choon Teochew Puppet Show plays at the Panggung Pusaka, The Lawn, at the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival, KLPac. The puppet theatre is one of the many traditional shows curated by cultural organisation Pusaka for the festival this weekend. Tomorrow's headlining show is Wayang Kulit Sri Wawasan Pusaka while Indian temple drummers Chinna Rasa Urumee Melum Masana Kali will close this cultural stage on Sunday.

Panggung Pusaka at the upcoming Yayasan Sime Darby Arts reflects the country’s innate diversity.

Perhaps the most common misconception about expressions of traditional culture is that they remain static, unchanging, immutable. In recent decades, traditional culture, packaged on most national platforms as a reflection of community “heritage” and a nation’s historical well-being have suffered from forms of subtle museumisation – neatly packaged for tourist amusement – that has left it largely bereft of its inner dynamism, versatility and capacity for change.

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