Art collectives band together

IPOH is having a three-month-long art festival featuring works by its art collectives.

Organised by Gerakan Seni Ipoh and supported by Tourism Perak, the “Festival Kolektif” showcases works by collaborating artists while encouraging people from the local community to get involved.

Festival artistic director Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin, 50, said the event was not only a platform to gather artists but also a place for them to gain exposure and experience.

“We have many young enthusiasts who started their own collective, but many are not known by the public.

“Our main objective is to encourage participants and audiences to gain new knowledge in the creative scene,” she said.

Nur Hanim said the festival kicked off earlier this month with a forum by Teratak Nuromar which discussed Ipoh as a creative city.

“The forum was attended by a huge crowd, comprising people from different backgrounds. Even art critics came and enjoyed it.

“There was also a movie screening by Wayang Di Atas which played local film Perempuan, Isteri dan ... that was directed by U-Wei Saari on the same day at the PBUY Store,” added Nur Hanim.

“To our surprise, the movie screening was a full-house event. Wayang Di Atas had previously held movie screenings on their own but because of the lack of publicity, the response was not as positive as what we had at the festival,” she said.

Among the participating collectives are Projek Rabak, Kolek, Kadiak, Bodysurf Music, Kapal Lorek, Komrad Anak Anak Teater and Ipoh Experimental Art School.

“All these collectives will have their own segment in the festival.

“We want this to be an annual event that can attract not just the art community but also tourists,” said Nur Hanim, adding that Ipoh would also host its first-ever Ipoh International Art Festival this year.

State Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing said the festival was held as part of an effort to collect data to build a stronger art community in Ipoh and the state.

“Because of her experience, we sought Nur Hanim’s expertise to organise the festival. To build the art community, we need a database. We lack information on the art industry such as music and contemporary art, hence the reason for this event,” said Tan.

For details, check out Gerakan Seni Ipoh on Instagram.

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