Stream time: Bing Slamet's historic Malaya visit, Sarawak's exotic food heritage


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This one is a treat for pop culture archivists. Did you know that singer/comedian Bing Slamet, pop singer Titiek Puspa, crooner Said Affendi and composer Saiful Bahari were some of the star names who were a part of the first Rombongan Kebudayaan Indonesia (Indonesian cultural delegation) to the Federation of Malaya in 1961?

They were accompanied on stage here by the Orkes Studio Jakarta, led by Saiful, which was also flown in for the cultural series. The performances included Nusantara songs, traditional Indonesian dances, comedy skits and a rousing version of Rasa Sayang to thrill the audiences in Malaya.

Finas Malaysia has now unearthed exclusive footage from that historic trip, making it available in its "Retrospektif" online documentary series.

The documentary is in Bahasa Malaysia.

More info here.


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If you missed the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur’s JFKL "Talk Series" on butoh last March, fret not. Now you can watch the entire episode on JFKL’s Youtube channel and find out more about the Japanese art form of Butoh.

The talk, by local Butoh practitioner and pioneer Lee Swee Keong, also features guest speakers Lena Ang and Dr Richard Chua. Listen to the panel as they talk about how Butoh has significantly influenced Malaysia’s dance scene since the early 1990s.

In Japan, this art form rose to prominence in the late 1950s, which is known to be one of the most important movements in arts history.

More info here.

Discover Sarawak's exotic food heritage in this webinar. Photo: HandoutDiscover Sarawak's exotic food heritage in this webinar. Photo: Handout


Date and Time: May 19, 5pm

This is the third episode of Badan Warisan Malaysia’s six-part webinar "Spotlight On Sarawak" series.

Travel through the interiors of Sarawak to the cities and learn about the unique ingredients and culinary traditions that are an integral part of the people's heritage – connecting different tribes, cultures, and communities.

Discover Sarawak's heritage rice, the variety of tuak (rice wine) made from it, as well as the taboos and beliefs that are observed during tuak production.

From fruits to ulat mulong (sago worms) to heartwarming dishes and festivals, both traditional and modern, come and learn about all the different flavours of Sarawak that make the state a melting pot of diversity.

More info here.


Date and Time: May 20-22, 8.30pm

Presented by Aswara’s theatre faculty, this triple bill stage presentation takes on three plays written by national laureate Datuk Dr Anwar Ridhwan.

Concipes is about two women who bump into each other at a bus stop in the midst of a pandemic lockdown. One of the women decides to leave and at the same time, a young man comes running towards the bus stop. Unfortunately, he faints and had to be rushed to the hospital. Unbeknownst to him, the woman who was left behind at the bus stop takes his backpack only to discover a long concealed truth.

Robot Tiba-Tiba Muncul Di Halaman Rumah Kami Pada Suatu Petang is about a robot who arrives at a village and decides to live with one of the families. Soon, the robot becomes a threat to the family and the village as it wants to destroy the people’s way of living.

Rumah Septuagenarian is a heartwarming story about two volunteers who help out at an old folks home and the relationships they form with the residents there. They encounter colourful personalities and even get to witness two septuagenarians fall in love.

Emotif Vol 6: Triple Bill Anwar Ridhwan, ticketed, will be streamed via CloudTheatre.

Akmal Asyraf plays Raja Ong Maha Perita Deria in Raja Bersiong. Photo: HandoutAkmal Asyraf plays Raja Ong Maha Perita Deria in Raja Bersiong. Photo: Handout


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If you missed Revolution Stage’s staging of Raja Bersiong early this year, you can now catch the recording of the show.

This Bahasa Malaysia play is based on a historical epic about a bloodthirsty king ... literally. Consider him a local Dracula. When the king’s royal cook accidentally slices her finger, drops of her blood ‘seasons’ the king’s meal. He loves the meal and makes the cook reveal her secret ingredient. When she says it's human blood, the king orders it in all of his meals.The king's bloodlust turns him into a vampire-like creature who attacks his own people. Finally, they rise up against him and kill him.

Raja Bersiong, ticketed, will be streamed live via Revolution Stage’s website.

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