THEY arrived with song and dance, all to the strains of beautiful music and they had students at the KDU College in Petaling Jaya enthralled.
It all happened at the launch of Canvas: An Evolution of Malaysian Art, a two-day event introducing a variety of Malaysian traditional and modern arts.
The event, organised by 80 Diploma students majoring in Public Relations, showcased dance and song performances from the Temple of Fine Arts, Seven, Ash Nair, Dina and KDU dance club Parts.
To get the students' creative juices flowing, there were batik painting workshop, Endang dance workshop and Converse shoe designing competition.
At the launch, Instant Cafe Theatre Company artistic director Jo Kukathas also gave an insightful talk to the students.
The three main objectives are to inspire the students to be creative, to educate them about visual and performing arts, and to expose young Malaysian artists to society and the media, head event coordinator Serina Anthony said.
She said that to achieve the third objective, art pieces by local artists Eugene Nandakumar, Izat Arif, Ng Sook Yi and Aaron Fredicks were placed at the entrance to the college auditorium where the event was held.
The event was in collaboration with Instant Cafe Theatre Company and Five Arts Centre and the main sponsors were Converse, GlaxoSmithKline and m&m's.