Stream time: Mah Meri wedding dance to George Town Lit Fest


Date and Time: Until Nov 28

The George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) 2021, which kicked off on Nov 25, has been serving up a series of virtual conversations featuring top literary names, including Japanese novelist Minae Mizumura and Indonesian literary star Eka Kurniawan.

One of today's programmes sees acclaimed British novelist, essayist and translator Tim Parks speaking to Eddin Khoo about his myriad preoccupations and diversions — writing across genres, translating Italian literature, on language and reading, and the politics of culture. The conversation also invokes great figures of Italian literature and history as it meanders from a reflection on Dante in our times, to Garibaldi whose footsteps Parks retraces in his new book, and a personal recollection of the towering literary polymath, Roberto Calasso.

GTLF’s theme for 2021, "Mikro-cosmos", explores the spirit of cosmopolitanism and interconnectedness that endures through literature, language and ideas.

The George Town Festival Literary Festival 2021 will be streamed via the festival’s Youtube channel.

More info here.


Date and Time: Nov 27 and 28, 10am

The Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur (GWKL) returns for its sixth edition, with a mix of virtual events and on-site programmes.

Like last year, the "Luminary" talks, one of the event's highlights, will be held as webinars, enabling global participation. The panel of Luminaries features curators, gallerists, artists and educators.

This year’s Luminary programme surrounds itself with themes of culture and multidisciplinary practices, with sessions titled Design Dynamics, Designing For Placemaking, Creator Curator And Collector - Insights & Practises and Living With Art - Gems Of Appreciation.

This annual industry event, set up in 2016, serves to provide insights into Malaysian art and culture through a series of multi-disciplinary programmes.

The GWKL 2021 Luminary Programme will be streamed via Zoom.

More info here.


Date and Time: Nov 27, 8.30pm

In conjunction with Art In The City 2021 and in partnership with DBKL, the seventh episode of Panggung Rakyat will feature Mah Meri Traditions and Culture, in collaboration with the Mah Meri Cultural Village.

Discover the culture and traditional dances of the Selangor-based Mah Meri indigenous community. Wearing beautifully carved masks, the Mah Meri performers will bring the mystifying Tarian Jo-oh (Jungle Dance) and Tarian Topeng (Mask Dance) to life. The upcoming Panggung Rakyat performances tell the story of a traditional Mah Meri wedding ceremony. The main character is Moyang Lanjut, a figure that originated from wood carvings.

Panggung Rakyat: Mah Meri will be streamed via Cendana’s Facebook page.

More info here.


Date and Time: Nov 30, 8.30pm

This presentation presents the opportunity to think broadly about how memories are made amidst the politics and culture of remembering.

Anthropologist Dr Lye Tuck-Po will talk about memory and how memories are shaped by groups that are often sidelined from state memory building. The discussions will focus on remembering such groups and dismantling the process of "silencing".

The webinar will be streamed via Zoom.

More info here.


Date and Time: Unlimited

Tiga Rawana, Masakini Theatre Company’s (Masakini) latest digital offering fuses traditional wayang kulit and Verdi's dramatic Requiem with a rhythmic performance presented by multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Kamrul Hussin.

The mini shadow play, based on the Ramayana epic, promises an epic final battle between Rama and Rawana.

The show is part of Yayasan Hasanah’s 2021 Arts For All Seasons (ArtsFAS) series

Tiga Rawana can be streamed for free on Masakini’s Youtube channel.

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