IT HAS been a challenging year, with cancelled events and celebrations.
But this does not mean the New Year celebration will be dull as there are meaningful and safe ways to usher in 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As the government has reiterated that large gatherings are not allowed in conjunction with the New Year celebrations, small ones are still possible.
While we will not be seeing displays of fireworks or mega concerts in the countdown to the new year as in previous years, we can make virtual or smaller scale gatherings memorable.
Virtual performances and parties
The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Music Unit is usually at the forefront of most of the exciting events in the city as its cultural troupe and musicians bring liveliness to any event.
Since 1988, the Kuala Lumpur Orchestra has entertained city folk and taking part in some of the city’s most iconic moments, including New Year celebrations at Merdeka Square.
With live events on hold due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the orchestra has shifted gears and will present a virtual performance to usher in the New Year for the first time.
The Konsert Maya Ambang Baru 2021 will take place today, starting 10pm and will be streamed live on DBKL’s official Facebook page.
“The concert is themed Wargakota Terus Bertahan as an analogy to the situation around the world.
“Some of the songs that will be performed include Bersama Kita Kuat, Terima Kasih, Kelmarin, Heal the World and The Prayer, led by conductor Mohd Isa Ismail, ” DBKL said in a statement.
Also, netizens can spend the last four hours leading to the new year with a virtual celebration with Heineken Starclub NYE Live countdown event featuring Malaysia’s hottest talents Blink, BATE and Saint Kylo, as well as Dutch DJ duo W&W.
Heineken is also sending out a rallying call to all Malaysians to connect with one another in a record-breaking attempt at the longest virtual cheers.
This record-breaking attempt will culminate with the live countdown event that will start at 8pm today, to be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your home.
It will be streamed live on Heineken Malaysia’s Facebook page https://fb.me/e/1ZNhJt9jb.
Fun and safe shopping
IPC Shopping Centre is ringing in the new year through an innovative “phygital” celebration with its IPC Live Shopping Fiesta.
Keeping to the annual Mutiara Damansara New Year Eve countdown festival, the shopping centre will be turning the event into a 12-hour continuous shoppable live stream consisting of exclusive deals, giveaways and entertainment by local and international artistes.
Starting from 12.30pm today until 12.30am tomorrow, it will be Malaysia’s longest and fully shoppable Facebook Live fiesta.
Viewers can shop virtually at their favourite IPC stores and participate in games and giveaways hosted by influencers such as Tata Wanqian, Koe Yeet, Natalie Chai, Fiza Saad, Ming Yue Ho and Adzrin Mansor.
The climax of the countdown will be music performances by international singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker and local songstress Talitha Tan.
Sunway Velocity Mall, meanwhile, will be hosting its first online interactive event for the new year.
Aptly titled “New Year, New Dawn, New Hope” and taking place today and tomorrow, the event will be integrating on-ground and digital experience.
There will be up to RM32,000 instant cash rebates up for grabs, while celebrity emcees will help create the hype.
For details, visit www.sunwayvelocitymall.com/newyearnewdawn/
For something a little more relaxed, visit Sukaseni’s Pasar Seni Market this weekend at Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur.
The outdoor market aims to help the handicraft community earn some income through a weekly market.
The vendors comprise local crafters, including single mothers and those new to the industry and trying to make ends meet.
There is something for everyone at the two-day market, such as home-made decorations, batik products, plants as well as food and beverages.
All visitors must adhere to the standard operating procedures with mandatory check-ins via the MySejahtera app.
Booths will be placed with the required distance between them and physical distancing must be observed.
The market will operate from 11am until 8pm.