RUNNING a sci-fi themed event and cultural performances concurrently is not something one gets to see every day.
But these seemingly disparate worlds came together at the Kuala Lumpur International Drum and Dance Festival (KL Genta) and Kuala Lumpur Sci Fi Convention 2015, which took place at Dataran Merdeka and Kuala Lumpur Library, respectively.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz hoped both events would continue next year.
“These events are in line with our policy to attract more tourists, both locals and foreigners, to come to the city,” he said before launching both events at the library.
He said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was looking for more activities and events in Kuala Lumpur.
“As you know, there is a drop in tourist arrivals in Kuala Lumpur and 2016 is expected to be a tough year,” he said, expecting 10,000 people to visit both events.
Meanwhile, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) director-general Datuk Kamil Othman hoped more Malaysians would come forward to meet Finas and write sci-fi scripts.
“We have a pitching centre in KL Sentral where the public can pitch us their ideas and ask for funding to produce screenplays, films and TV series,” he said.
He said it was about time Malaysians had their own science fiction stories.
“Malaysians created the special effects for the tiger in the movie Life of Pi.
“So, we have the talent for computer-generated imagery.
“Now, all we need are scripts,” he said.
KL Genta featured performances and showcases of drums with 180 participants from 13 groups representing seven countries in this year’s event.
Countries represented include India, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
The finale showcased on Saturday featured the best drum and dance performances.
It ran concurrently with the Kuala Lumpur Sci Fi Convention Street Parade, which saw some 30 cosplayers and eight mocked-up Proton cars in popular sci-fi themes such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Robots and Gundam heading down to Jalan Raja.
Among the activities held were the Sci-Fi vintage collection exhibition such as Lego, Gundam, Macross and Transformers.
For details, visit the KL Sci Fi Convention 2015 Facebook page.