KAKISENI, a promoter of performing arts events, is bringing The Other Festival 2015 to Ipoh Old Town later this month.
The first of its kind to be held in Perak, the festival will be celebrating Ipoh’s history, food and arts over three weekends from Oct 22 to Nov 8.
Themed “Mapping the City”, the festival focuses on a series of trails curated by popular personalities who are either Ipoh natives or have close connections to the city.
Among the highlights are thespian Patrick Teoh’s historical-fiction trail that will begin and end at two of Ipoh Old Town’s most iconic bars, and author Bernice Chauly’s trail that draws upon the childhood memories captured in her award-winning memoir Growing Up With Ghosts.
Meanwhile, theatre company theatrethreesixty will present a site-specific performing arts trail titled “Ascent: These Memories Made for Walking” while performance poet Abby Latif has created an interactive trail book that allows participants to record their own experience through drawings, writing and other artistic expressions.
Special maps featuring selected buildings in Old Town illustrated by artists like Ajim Juxta, Mey Kamal and Ann Jfr will also be available to festival-goers.
Apart from sponsoring the illustrated guide maps, event sponsor Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) is also sponsoring a Tote Art Competition for schoolchildren in hopes of encouraging them to discover the Ipoh of today while finding inspirations to share their dreams for the Ipoh of tomorrow.
The festival will also feature a mix of live performances, guided tours, movie screenings, food trails, creative forums, art bazaars and workshops.
One of the most anticipated shows is Company Man, a circus-style performance by Japanese troupe The Cheeky Park.
There will also be book launches by Buku Fixi and Megat Ishak, and a short-story writing workshop by authors Julya Oui and Marc de Faoite.
Fans of adult colouring books can look forward to Ngiau, a cat-themed volume by Fearless Ideas & Design and for a personalised prose crafted on the spot, make a beeline for Liyana Dizzy’s #GeraiPuisiSegera where she will turn three selected words into a poem within minutes.
The Alphabet Press will organise a game that lets participants repurpose decades-old lead types restored from one of the nation’s oldest letterpress printers in Ipoh – Percetakan Wai Oi Shiar.
Hakka miner’s club Han Chin Pet Soo will open its doors to visitors to join tours of its private exhibitions, which are usually available by appointment only.
Kakiseni president Low Ngai Yuen said the festival is about building artists and getting people to contribute more to the arts.
“At the same time, we want people to rediscover the beauty and soul of Ipoh,” Low said.
State Tourism, Arts and Culture committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi said the festival would reposition Ipoh as a centre for arts and culture.
“As much as we want people to know Ipoh for its heritage, we also want to be on the map of the arts and cultural scene.
“Hence, we are keen on working with Kakiseni to hold The Other Festival in Ipoh annually after this,” she told reporters at the Kong Heng Square on Monday.
Nolee Ashilin later painted the final stroke of the festival’s logo designed by contemporary calligrapher Ong Chia Koon to mark its launching.
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