Cultural arts of states on show collaborate to showcase history and traditions from across Malaysia

Penang Ghazal Party members performing singing songs which have Arabic influences.

For the first time in Malaysia, six museums in the country are collaborating in a special “travelling cross-cultural exhibition” to promote the culture and arts of the states participating in the event.

The Silang Budaya Exhibition was launched in the host state, Perak at the Darul Ridzuan Museum in Ipoh, on Monday.

The exhibition, which mainly involves live cultural performances, will be held at the museum until Apr 30 before moving on to the next state.

The six museums taking part in the exhibition are Perak, Penang, Selangor, Kedah, Johor and the Department of Museums Malaysia.

Among the performances to look out for are the “Tarian Dabus” from Perak, which is a combination of a dance and self-defence art; a musical performance called “Ghazal Party” from Penang; “Cempuling” from Selangor; “Wayang Kulit Seri Asun” shadow play from Kedah; “Zapin Melayu” from Johor, and the “Gambus” instrumental performances.

Besides the performances, there will also be crossword puzzle competitions, races, workshops, art exhibitions and other activities.

The event was launched by State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia Committee Chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi.

Also present was Perak Museum Board Director Nor Janati Ibrahim.

Nolee Ashilin told reporters that next year, the exhibition will be expanded include other states.

She said the museum in Ipoh is targeting some 5,000 visitors over the month to view the cross-cultural exhibition.

“The museum representatives have sent out invitations to the various schools and we are hoping the younger generation will take an interest in such events,” she added.

During her speech earlier, Nolee Ashilin said, in the Internet era, where people can get any information with a click of a button, it is important to preserve culture and tradition for the next generation.

She also said, by organising such exhibitions, the role of museums as the custodian of national heritage is further enhanced.

“The collaboration with other museums will make the exhibition even more interesting. The month-long event at the Darul Ridzuan Museum will be a compact guide for visitors, especially for the younger generation to understand the philosophy and the meaning of each of the cultural performances,” she added.

Nolee Ashilin said she hopes the the exhibition will be held annually with different themes and a such events are timely with Visit Perak Year taking place in 2017.

Entrance to the exhibition is free.

After Perak, the exhibition will travel to Selangor in May, followed by Johor in June, Kuala Lumpur in July, Kedah in September and finally Penang in October.

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