AFTER an absence of three years, the Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Culture Festival (PIIACUF) 2019 is back at Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya, Precinct 3.
The festival, which started on Thursday, ends tomorrow.
The objective of the event is to place Putrajaya as a centre of excellence in Islamic arts and culture.
After the success of the previous editions between 2013 and 2016, organiser Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) expects the fifth edition of PIIACUF to attract more than 300,000 visitors.
A gamelan exhibition featuring augmented reality (AR) technology is one of the attractions at the event.
The countries taking part in the festival are Turkey, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Iran, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea. Malaysia is represented by Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu and Melaka.
This year’s theme – “The Splendour of Music and Vocal of The Islamic World” – focuses on exposing visitors to numerous Islamic-influenced musical styles.
PPj president Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim said the event promises to entertain and leave a lasting impression on visitors.
“One of our aims is to show the public the different Islamic musical art showcased by the participating countries.
“This exposure towards other Islamic cultures will give visitors new perspectives, which we hope will encourage them to learn more about Islamic arts and culture,” he said.
A highlight of the event is the PIIACUF Concert 2019 today, featuring local artistes and groups such as Datuk Ramli Sarip, InTeam, UNIC and Raihan.
“Visitors will also get to experience different musical styles from various instruments and delve deeper into the meaning of the songs.”
Another event highlight bound to excite visitors is an Augmented Reality (AR) exhibition depicting traditional performances and instruments interactively.
A total of 135 activities have been lined up in this year’s edition, including handicraft and calligraphy demonstrations, traditional games, food truck carnival and cultural sharing night.
PIIACUF 2019 is open to the public from 10am to 10pm. Admission is free.
For details, visit www.piiacuf.com