IN LINE with the promotion of Shah Alam as a “Kota Seni” (art city), Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) organised an event called “Warna” at Laman Seni, Seksyen 7, Shah Alam.
Laman Seni is a space dedicated to activities that encourage appreciation of the arts, culture and architecture.
The half-day event aimed to inculcate an appreciation of the arts and discover new young talents among the community.
It also served as a platform to expose the arts and creative industry to visitors so that they can share among their family and friends.
The event showed appreciation to talented special needs individuals and provided the youth, especially students, a chance to express and showcase their talents and fresh new ideas to the public.
Several performances by local bands such as Nada Akustika and busker Nota C as well as Akademi Fantasia 3 singer Amylea Azizan entertained the visitors.
“We wanted to make use of the underutilised spaces around Shah Alam.
“By creating a programme such as Warna, a platform is now available for our local artistes to perform and express themselves; it also gives them the opportunity to be recognised,” said MBSA culture, arts and tourism officer Mohd Zulfahmee Ismail.
The highlight of the event was a performance by the special needs students of SMK Seksyen 9, who entertained the audience by playing the angklung, a traditional musical instrument.
“It took them almost a year to learn the two songs – Kenanganku and Di Mana Suara Burung Kenari – which they just performed.
“It also takes a huge amount of patience and versatility on the part of the students to pull off such a performance,” said SMK Seksyen 9 teacher Nooraini Ahmad who has been teaching special needs students for almost nine years.
MBSA hopes to turn Warna into a monthly event.
Young talents who are interested in performing can call 013-350 7888 (Zulfahmee) or visit the Kota Seni Shah Alam Facebook page.