'Borneo Heart' and Rainforest Festival are this weekend's virtual arts highlights


Yee I-Lann (right) with Roziah Jalalid, lead weaver from the Pulau Omadal weavers, standing next to a tikar installation series at the 'Borneo Heart' exhibition in Kota Kinabalu. Photo: Filepic

Sharing The Tikar: Local Matters

Date and time: June 19, 8pm

Contemporary artist Yee I-Lann talks to Manila’s Silverlens gallery director Isa Lorenzo and collector Jim Amberson about her recent collaborative exhibition Borneo Heart, what it means to share a mat, expanding the linguistics of culture, and how art can change the world.

This talk (register here) is part of the Art Basel Online Viewing Room: Portals series.

Yee’s work continues to focus on community, shared space, and art as a means to activate change.

More info here.

An Iban elder leading the 'miring' ceremony during the opening of the RFWF in 2019.  Photo: The Star/FilepicAn Iban elder leading the 'miring' ceremony during the opening of the RFWF in 2019. Photo: The Star/Filepic

Rainforest World Music Festival

Date and time: June 19 and 20, 6pm onwards

Many Malaysian festival-goers will be missing the sprawling Sarawak Cultural Village, which is home to the Rainforest World Music Festival. But this weekend's virtual event will serve as a good party solution during this lockdown. Register here for your free virtual pass.

Tune in today to enjoy showcases by sape master Mathew Ngau Jau, At Adau and Suk Binie’ while reliving iconic moments of previous festivals.

Tomorrow's line-up is equally enticing, with ethno pop outfit Nading Rhapsody, which features poet Kulleh Grasi, and the veteran group Tuku Kame, which has gone beyond its Sarawak Cultural Village roots, on board.

More info here.

Rehearsals and brainstorming sessions for the Lang4 X Lepak music album, which was released in September 2020. Photo: Orang Orang Drum TheatreRehearsals and brainstorming sessions for the Lang4 X Lepak music album, which was released in September 2020. Photo: Orang Orang Drum Theatre

Orang Orang Drum Theatre’s Lang4 X Lepak

Date and time: June 19 and 20, 9pm

This drum theatre group shares how it coped during the long days of lockdown last year in this DIY documentary, which centres on an album project. It gives the masses a glimpse of how individuals in the indie arts scene have found ways to keep working during these challenging times. The documentary (ticketed) will be screened on the Cloudtheatre platform.

More info here.

No shortage of classic tunes in KLPac's 'Yesterday Once More 3' series this weekend. Photo: Robin WongNo shortage of classic tunes in KLPac's 'Yesterday Once More 3' series this weekend. Photo: Robin Wong

Yesterday Once More 3

Date and time: June 19 and 20, 3pm, 8.30pm

Need a fix of oldies this Father’s Day weekend? Here’s a music romp through the jukebox days, featuring classics from Nancy Sinatra, Bee Gees, The Foundations, Doris Day, Beatles, Barbara Streisand and more.

Yesterday Once More 3, supported by Creador Foundation, was the first show that reopened KLPac in July 2020 after its first closure. This series, directed by Ian Chow and supported by The Actors Studio in-house band, features singers Joel Wong, Lai Suk Yin, Omar Ali, Rachel Liu, Serene Chng and Vale Wong.

Yesterday Once More 3, ticketed, will stream on Cloudtheatre.

More info here.

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