Kakiseni’s art events a runaway success

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 May 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Arts portal Kakiseni.com's Women: 100, held in conjunction with International Women's Day (IWD) centenary celebrations, has been a success with over 6,000 Malaysians attending 100 hours of performing arts events.

Women: 100, supported by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, was held for 50 days.

It featured a series of events including empowerment workshops, community clinics and outreach programmes as well as theatre performances and workshops on dance and music.

Women, Family and Community Develop-ment Ministry's secretary-general Datuk Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur said the campaign had helped educate Malaysians on the importance of women's issues through the creative channel of performing arts.

“This is the government's first venture with Kakiseni. It has accomplished much through the public's support and participation.

“This is indeed a perfect example of a successful public-private partnership,” said Noorul during the closing ceremony of Women: 100's campaign here yesterday.

Kakiseni chief Low Ngai Yuen said the campaign clearly helped to promote the empowerment of women while bringing arts closer to everyone.

“During the course of the campaign, various members of the performing arts industry devoted their time to improve public access to and experience of the arts.

“We hope to further reach out to the community in next year's project, Arts To People 2012,” Low said.

In keeping with the central focus of the IWD's centenary celebrations, Kakiseni is running a photo exhibition, Performing Arts: Through The Eyes of Four Female Photographers, until May 8 at Sky Bride, Pavilion KL, Jalan Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free.

The exhibition features the works of Sharon Lam, Naomi Aw Shui Ching, Evelyn Lam Lip Lin and Visithra Manikam who have shared their own interpretations of theatre, dance and music performances from the Women: 100 campaign.

A collection of these photographs are available for sale at the exhibition.

Proceeds will be donated to organisations championing women's and children's issues. For details, go to kakiseni.com or facebook.com/w100fb.

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