Stream time: virtual CNY cultural specials, reminiscing on nasi ulam

  • Arts
  • Saturday, 29 Jan 2022

Hands Percussion is one of the cultural acts featured in a virtual Chinese New Year special on Feb 1, presented by the Selangor state government. Photo: Filepix


Date and Time: Unlimited

Trash Treasure is a cross-cultural art residency programme that celebrates trash as a site of cultural exchange. Over a three-month period, eight creative practitioners, four each from Malaysia and Britain, engaged in a creative exchange centred on waste material. The artists began by assembling "trash" from their daily lives and artistic practices. They then exchanged and repurposed the waste material acquired during the residency's sharing and learning sessions to create new artwork. On the Malaysian side, you can now listen to documentary filmmaker Hannah Wan, multidisciplinary multimedia artist Abdul Shakir, former actor/director/screenwriter Fariza Azlina Isahak and professional coder KC Tan talk about their projects.

Listen to the podcast here.


Date and Time: Jan 29, 9pm

Tanjong tells the story of the Bugis and Dutch invasion of Johor, which forced Tok Nagho, Datok Penghulu Luak Tanjong, to sail to the land of Minangkabau for protection from the Pagaruyung. Tok Nagho appointed his son Baroq as chief in his absence and asked Anjang, a close friend and future son-in-law of Baroq, to monitor his behaviour while with his daughter Tanjong. But Tok Nagho dies on the way to Minangkabau, leaving a power void. According to perpatih tradition, the next government should be handed over to Tok Pedano, but Baroq refuses to follow tradition and wants to retain power. This outcome results in regional misunderstandings and bloodshed.

Tanjong will be streamed for free via Facebook.


Date and Time: Now playing until Jan 30 (noon)

Tutur Harapan is an on-demand multidisciplinary offering which aims to raise funds to help those affected by the recent floods. This variety series features singing, dancing, poetry, music, theatre and short films. The participating artists are Wani Ardy, Ridhwan Saidi, Zhaf Muzani, Tharwa Karina, Kylie Lim, Mohsyuki Borhan, Ashmime, Adiitt Seketika, Akid Akram, Ammar Nazari, Aliff Ihsan Rahman, Muhammad Hadi Habib and Putra Othman.

Tutur Harapan, ticketed, will be streamed via Twitch.

More info here.


Date and Time: Jan 29, 4pm

Organised by Badan Warisan Malaysia, this virtual talk series features Prof Dr Shahrim Ab Karim, moderated by Delima Mohd Khalid. Shahrim is a Professor of Malaysia Heritage Food and Culture at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He will delve into the uniqueness of nasi ulam, a truly local dish that’s typically prepared with selected herbs that can be found in the wild or in one’s own garden. This dish is highly popular among the baba nyonya community in Melaka. Having tasted and prepared four different nasi ulam from various states in Malaysia, Sharim is definitely the man for this talk. He will explain the varieties of each nasi ulam – their ingredients, differences, and uniqueness – followed by a cooking demonstration during the webinar.

Preserving Our Culinary Heritage – Reminiscing on Herbal Rice (Nasi Ulam) will be streamed for free via Zoom.

More info here.


Date and Time: Feb 1, 9pm

The Chinese New Year Special Cultural Celebration 2022 looks set to add much-needed festive and traditional joy to homes across Malaysia.

This online event is organised by the Selangor state government. From a lion dance by the Hong Jing Lion Dance Association of Selangor and a dance performance by Dua Space Dance Theatre to an a capella performance by Colour of Voices, this festive event has a little bit of something for everyone.

Also expect a thumping performance by the renowned ensemble Hands Percussion, a guzheng (Chinese zither) performance by Sara Heng and an electronic guzheng and LED diabolo performance by Heng and the DiAbolution group.

The Chinese New Year Special Cultural Celebration 2022 will be streamed for free via the Selangor Menteri Besar’s Mandarin Facebook page.


Date and Time: Feb 1-15

Another virtual festival to look out for this Year of the Tiger is the annual Penang Chinese New Year Celebration. This is the second time the festival will be going online since its inception in 1999. The celebration usually takes place at the Heritage Precinct of George Town. Supported by the Penang state government, organised by the Penang Chinese Clan Council, and coordinated by the Penang Cultural Inheritors Society, the digital event premieres on Feb 1 at 9am. Miao Hui will be streamed for free via the event’s Facebook page and Youtube channel. There will also be virtual performances on Feb 5.

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