Journey through time at this year’s arts and culture fest

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  • Friday, 19 Feb 2016

Performers in action at YSDAF 2014.

YAYASAN Sime Darby Arts Festival (YSDAF) will open its doors once again for arts and culture lovers and festival-goers with a host of activities lined up.

Fuelled by the overwhelming response from its debut festival in 2014 that garnered more than 15,000 visitors, YSDAF2016 promises more of the crowd’s favourites as well as new programmes in line with the festival theme “Arts Education+The Future”.

YSDAF2016 will take festival goers on a journey through time by looking at the past and the future.

YSDAF2016 began with the Future Living design competition call for entries, giving budding architects and designers the chance to display their creativity by designing a futuristic outdoor pavilion that marries the festival theme with their architectural skills and passion for the arts.

The winner will receive a RM5,000 cash prize and the winning design will be replicated on the festival grounds.

Entry requirements can be found on and the competition closes on March 31.

Other activities include open auditions for a mentorship programme in April, a “Shakespeare in Schools” programme in May as well as a call to participate in a crowdsourced photography exhibit entitled “Then & Now” the same month.

The most anticipated event will be the YSDAF2016 grand finale on Aug 20 and 21 in KLPac.

KLPac and YSDAF artistic director Joe Hasham said they are bringing back some all-time favourites as well as introducing new programmes.

“We are also trying to make it more child-friendly by having a dedicated Kids Zone filled with child-centric activities during the morning of the festival finale,” he said.

A first for the festival and the key highlight of YSDAF2016 finale, two commissioned works by the winners of the YSDAF Pitch Start grant launched last year will be unveiled.

Yayasan Sime Darby chairman Tun Musa Hitam said the second installation of YSDAF will be a pioneer education-based arts festival, the first of its kind in Malaysia.

“This year’s edition will bring together performances by experienced artistes, schoolchildren and university students from private and public institutions alike.

“As a foundation that strives to be at the forefront of championing Malaysia’s arts scene, we hope YSDAF will serve as a platform for our upcoming artistes and arts enthusiasts to showcase their great works of art and have the opportunity to be recognised at ‘home’ and potentially gain international recognition.

“There is a need for more festivals such as this to cultivate and nurture our artistic local talents so that someday, we can be one of the hubs of the arts in the world,” Joe added.

YSDAF2016 is open to the public and free of charge. Festival hours will be extended until 8pm.

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