The Ipoh Zine Fest, a part of the community-based Festival Kolektif's arts programme in Ipoh, is set to continue the forward momentum of fanzine culture and DIY publications across the nation.
The recent success of the KL Zine x DIY Fest 2019 underlined the existence of a thriving fanzine subculture. It's Ipoh's turn next to welcome a community of young zine editors, veteran DIY zinesters and indie publishers.
The free admission Ipoh Zine Fest takes place at Home Of Silveryouth (H.O.S.), Riverwalk, Kinta Riverfront on May 1, starting 10am. H.O.S. is a youth creative movement hub, established by the Perak state government.
"The main aim of organising this multi-disciplinary Festival Kolektif is to expose and educate the public, especially the youths, about all kinds of creative arts and cultures. Thus, we decided to also include this zine fest, talk and exhibition as we see that the culture of zine making and reading in Ipoh has been generally declining and not as dynamic as before," says Nur Hanim Khairuddin, artistic director of Ipoh's Festival Kolektif 2019.
The inaugural Festival Kolektif in Ipoh, a three-month arts programme organised by Gerakan Seni Ipoh and featuring various creative communities, started in March.
This upcoming Ipoh Zine Fest will include a zine exhibition, indie zine vendors and a talk on fanzines titled: "Zine Dari Perspektif Sosiobudaya Dan Ekonomi Kreatif" ( Zines From the Perspectives of Socio-cultural Elements and Creative Economy).
The talk, which starts at 1.30pm at H.O.S., will feature Nizamuddin Ahmad (or Nizang Mosh) of Mosh Zine, Hafiz Latiff of Legasi Oakheart and Wilson Khor Woo Han of Working Desk Publishing as panelists, and Aisyah Rais of Padajiwa distro as moderator.
"I think it is essential for Ipoh to have this Ipoh Mini Zine Fest because the scene in Perak has been very active and productive since the 1990s. Krenmaut is one of the earliest metal zines in Malaysia.
"Mallrats, Garage, Merge, R.O.T.U, Walleymug, Ganyang, The Core System, and Raincity are some of the zines that I can still remember coming from Perak that I think made an impact not only on the Perak scenesters, but also fans outside the state," says Nizamuddin, one of the co-organisers of the KL Zine x DIY Fest 2019, and avid fanzine archivist.
"I hope this Ipoh Zine fest will be a catalyst and that it will continue as an annual event. Now, we have the Aksara Commune zine (based in Ipoh) coming out with new issues regularly and with this event, I think other kids will start to publish their own zines too," he adds.
Ten fanzine distributors/vendors will open their booths at the Ipoh Zine Fest, including Kidal, Legasi Oakheart, Working Desk Publishing, Penerbitan Langit, Padajiwa, Kolektif Ketepi, Lostmouldytapes, Cukong Press, Parasit and Ipoh Zine.
"I published my first zine when I was a teenager, in the late 1990s. As a former fanzine editor, I’m looking forward to being part of the Ipoh Zine Fest as it’s going to be the first zine festival in our small city. The humble fanzine continues to play an important role in DIY culture and it should be celebrated in a big way," says Mohd Jayzuan, an Ipoh-based singer-songwriter/author.
The May 1 programming at H.O.S. also includes the Bunyi Sunyi: Ipoh New Adventures In Sound Art Research series (curated by Kamal Sabran), Haris Abadi's Ulang-Ulang art exhibition, a film screening (Senandong Semalam by Dain Iskandar and Al-Jafree Md Yusop), and a gig featuring Carburetor Dung, Couple, Mahmud Attack and Nothing.
FB: Gerakan Seni Ipoh.