There are some exciting - if not hidden - highlights at the Putrajaya LIFT (Literacy in Financial Technology) Festival, which takes place at several venues in the administrative capital on Dec 28 and 29. Hosted by the Ministry of Finance, this inaugural festival is a collaboration between Bank Negara Malaysia and the financial industry.
The two-day (free admission) carries forward the government’s objective to promote financial literacy as well as to showcase the future of the financial industry in Malaysia. An arts festival thrown into the mix doesn't hurt, it's the best way to attract the young masses.
Divided into three main segments – The Showcase, The Market, and The Fringe, these arts-based programmes (with a large serving of technology) are set to engage the public at the LIFT festival.
The Fringe features three high-tech performances (at Menara Perkeso):
Time to take a dive! Here's a 60-minute live theatre experience mixed with Virtual Reality (VR) that has already thrilled the masses at the Melbourne Festival and the Singapore International Festival of Arts Fusing a groundbreaking VR experience with a thrilling murder mystery, Frogman by critically-acclaimed British company Curious Directive takes you to the cutting edge of live storytelling today.
This highly acclaimed VR film features a coming of age crime drama set in a fictional town in Australia in the mid 1990s. The story follows 13-year-old Ashleigh Richardson who had gone missing in 1995. Meera Clarke, one of the main characters in the movie, was informed by a detective that her father has been charged with Ashleigh’s murder.
The riveting film takes viewers on a thrilling journey to find out what really happened on that fateful day in 1995 and who was the last person to have seen Ashleigh. In this interactive show, half of the movie will be viewed in VR, giving the audience an outstanding theatre experience as they are transported into the movie itself.
In partnership with Quanta Arts Foundation (QAF), Code: Cytus is a hybrid stage production inspired by the popular smartphone game, Cytus.
Cytus is a science fiction game that revolves around Vanessa, the protagonist of the story. Set in the 22nd century, it is a world where living humans are wiped out by a mutant virus and the only cognisant beings left are robots with human memories.
This stage show features a live band, a deejay and dance choreography that partners with 3D holograms.
Two award-winning VR films from Taiwan will be presented in this segment. Presented by Funique studio, these theatre experiences showcase the groundbreaking VR film technology used by this award-winning stereoscopic VR studio.
The first film, The Tag Along 2, is a horror movie that follows Shu-fen, a social worker who encounters many horrifying mysteries as she searches for her missing teenage daughter.
On the other hand, the second film, Afterimage For Tomorrow, is a metafiction that sees a storyline set in a futuristic world where human memories can be uploaded and preserved.
This is a particularly notable show as viewers will be entertained with an intriguing VR experience with the innovative 8K Per Eye Stereoscopic VR.
More info on screening times: putrajayalift.com.
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