Weekend for the arts: Picnic and concert fun at KLPac, 'Hawwa' art exhibition


If you fancy a picnic and outdoor concert, then don't miss the KLPac Symphonic Band's 'Music Play Date series, which returns to KLPac's lawn area on April 15 and 16. Photo: KLPac

OUTDOOR CONCERT: KLPAC'S 'MUSIC PLAY DATE'

Venue: KLPac

Date: April 15 and 16

This weekend, the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) is inviting families and arts enthusiasts to have some fun in the sun with live music and more. From its family-friendly outdoor concert (free admission, donations welcome to help KLPac's recovery efforts), car boot yard sale to free trial classes, there is something for everyone.

Round up your loved ones for the return of the KLPac Symphonic Band's Music Play Date on April 15 and 16 from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Pack your picnic mats, grab a spot under KLPac's towering banyan tree, and sing along to familiar tunes.

Everyone is also encouraged to make their own DIY instruments and take part in the music quizzes and games to stand a chance to win fun prizes. Car boot yard sale Kabut In The Park is also back with a whole year's worth of dates beginning this Saturday from 9am to 2pm. It will feature some 40 vendors, with a Thai food spread to refuel while you browse and shop.

More info here.

Trixie Tan Lu Man's 'Cover Up' (oil on canvas, 2023), which is part of the 'Hawwa' exhibition in KL. Photo: Galeri Puteh Trixie Tan Lu Man's 'Cover Up' (oil on canvas, 2023), which is part of the 'Hawwa' exhibition in KL. Photo: Galeri Puteh

ART: 'HAWWA' EXHIBITION

Venue: Galeri Puteh, KL Eco City Mall

Date: ends May 7

Galeri Puteh is showing Hawwa, a group exhibition that celebrates the artistic and technical skills of 15 remarkable Malaysian women artists whose artworks are presented in various expressions, including printmaking, textile, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and installation works. Over 60 works are part of this diverse showcase.

The exhibition line-up also features a broad range of artists - veteran/established names to newcomers - such as Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Syed Zubir, Fatimah Chik, Ilse Noor, Jayshree Ramasamy, Kalsom Muda, Khatijah Sanusi, Kika Goldstein, Nadia Alsagoff, Nor Tijan Firdaus, Umibaizurah Mahir |smail, Sharifah Zuriah Aljeffri, Sivam Selvaratnam, Soraya Yusof Talismail, Tetriana Ahmed Fauzi and Trixie Tan Lu Man.

More info here.

Gamelan Astraloka is set to play a live set at The Godown Artists Market this Saturday at 3pm. Photo: Astraloka Rasmi Gamelan Astraloka is set to play a live set at The Godown Artists Market this Saturday at 3pm. Photo: Astraloka Rasmi

THE GODOWN ARTISTS MARKET

Venue: The Godown Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Date: April 15 and 16

The Godown, an arts centre for visual arts exhibitions, performances and workshops in downtown KL, will be rolling out its Raya-themed weekend special. The community-based The Godown Artists Market happens this Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

There will be plenty of activities and things for visitors, including checking out pop-up stalls brimming with arts and craft, handmade indigenous bags and craft, prints, textile, home decor, and food. There will also be a line-up of workshops and performances. including live sets from Gamelan Astraloka and Orkes Sedap Malam.

Projek Sembangsembang is this edition's featured artist, while artist Kamiliyah Basith will be holding a workshop series to introduce the masses to Islamic geometry art and design.

More info here.

Actors Kamini Senthilathiban (front) with Nicholas Augustin (left) and Sharanya Radhakrishnan preparing for the theatre show 'Come Home And Eat'. Photo: Siaw Boon KeatActors Kamini Senthilathiban (front) with Nicholas Augustin (left) and Sharanya Radhakrishnan preparing for the theatre show 'Come Home And Eat'. Photo: Siaw Boon Keat

THEATRE: 'COME HOME AND EAT'

Venue: Pentas 2, KLPac

Date: April 15 and 16

Come Home and Eat, the sequel to Theatresauce’s Don’t Like It Here? Then Leave is playing this weekend at KLPac's Pentas 2 stage. Directed by artistic director Kelvin Wong, it brings together a diverse ensemble who share a common obsession for Malaysian food.

Come Home And Eat explores the different notions of home and its anxieties, seen through the lens of food. Using food as a metaphor, it looks at home, identity and belonging from diverse viewpoints, including historical (where did our ingredients come from?), mythical (how did a superior being bring rice to our nation?), social (why do some mothers insist their children should learn how to cook?) and political (if a ministry of food existed, what reforms would they make?).

For mature audiences only.

More info here.

A scene from Dama Asia’s ‘All That Glitz And Glamour (On The Silver Screen)’ musical which is showing at PJPAC. Photo: Dama Asia A scene from Dama Asia’s ‘All That Glitz And Glamour (On The Silver Screen)’ musical which is showing at PJPAC. Photo: Dama Asia

MUSICAL: ALL THAT GLITZ AND GLAMOUR (ON THE SILVER SCREEN)

Venue: PJPAC, 1 Utama Shopping Mall

Date: April 15 and 16

Dama Asia’s All That Glitz And Glamour (On The Silver Screen) is a song and dance spectacle featuring timeless classics of the Mandarin Golden Oldies era of the 1930s-1960s through the lens of classic movies.

The show is set in a "movie studio" striving to make a docu-tainment on the rising popularity of shidaiqu (the popular music of 1930s Shanghai) with the advent of black-and-white films. In this fundraiser concert, the audience can expect iconic songs like Rose, Rose I Love You from the movie Songstress Of The World; Fishermen Ballad, a landmark film in the 1930s which details the struggle of the poorer class; Ja Jambo from Wild Wild Rose; Lover’s Tears from Skylark; and Happy Tonight from The Joy Of Spring.

More info here.

A view of the recent Ilham Kids Art Discovery Tour for the 'lift the tikar!' exhibition by Yee I-Lann and Collaborators: Borneo Heart. Photo: Ilham GalleryA view of the recent Ilham Kids Art Discovery Tour for the 'lift the tikar!' exhibition by Yee I-Lann and Collaborators: Borneo Heart. Photo: Ilham Gallery

ART: YEE I-LANN'S 'LIFT THE TIKAR!'

Venue: Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Date: ends June 18

Ilham Gallery's new exhibition entitled lift the tikar! features video works, woven sculpture and tikar mats by Sabah-born and based artist Yee I-Lann made in collaboration with weavers, film-makers, dancers, other fellow creative producers and friends.

The exhibition is being held on Level 3 of Ilham Gallery. The exhibition hopes to draw out ways in which the "tikar" in form and concept can act as a medium for thinking about art, power, language and how we shape a society.

Yee's practice as an artist has included work in photomedia, textiles, installation and video. With a particular focus on the South-East Asian region, her works draw on the aesthetics of colonialism, power, gender and shared memory. Complimentary docent-led tours are available every Thursday (11am) and Saturday (3pm) for the duration of the exhibition.

There is also the ongoing Ilham Kids Art Discovery Tour series (with a RM50 fee for each child, aged 7 to 12) to accompany this exhibition.

More info here.

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