Showcase of Islamic arts

DISCOVER the beauty of Islamic arts and culture at the Putrajaya International Islamic Arts and Culture Festival (PIIACUF 2014), which is being held in Dataran Putrajaya, Precinct 3, until Nov 2.

The festival, which is in its second consecutive year, is organised by Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) in collaboration with the Museums Department Malaysia, the National Art Gallery, Persatuan Seni Khat Kebangsaan (PSKK) and the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

This year’s theme celebrates the “Wonders of the Islamic World”, with more than 200 programmes and activities lined up for visitors.

There will also be an International Pavilion featuring exhibitors from Malaysia, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Oman, Palestine, Indonesia, Iran and Indonesia.

Visitors can expect to see unique handicraft and artefacts on display, enjoy cultural showcases from the various participating countries and non-governmental organisations, forums and talks by Islamic scholars and notable speakers, as well as an International Islamic Book Expo.

Some of the paintings and other artifacts which will be on display at the PIIACUF 2014.
Calligraphy pieces and artefacts on display. - Photos by CHAN TAK KONG

Other highlights of the festival are the Muslimah fashion show of Islamic apparel and traditional wear, curated by Datuk Radzuan Radzwill, and a concert tomorrow titled Journey of Nur 2.0-Gema Timur Jauh, featuring Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Hafiz Hamidun, Nazrey Johani, Mawi and Brotherz.

PSKK will also be organising 30m-long calligraphy drawing session.

PPj president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat said the event was in line with the aim of making Putrajaya the preferred international Islamic arts and culture destination for both international and domestic tourists.

“It is a one-of-a-kind event that offers a distinctive experience for visitors in comparison to other events in Malaysia and South-East Asia,” he said, adding that they were aiming to make PIIACUF an annual event.

Aseh said that last year’s event drew in a crowd of 250,000, with five million viewers on television.

“We hope to attract 500,000 visitors this year,” he said.

PIIACUF 2014 is open to the public from 9am to 10pm daily and admission is free.

The display of artefacts and the book expo will continue until Nov 9.

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