Presenting M’sian arts in all their rich diversity and heritage


KUALA LUMPUR: The Traditional Arts Theatre (PST2024) returns this year at the Malaysian Tourism Centre (MaTIC), showcasing the rich cultural heritage and traditional arts of the nation’s diverse races.

The National Department for Culture and Arts said the programme, begun in 2013, will feature five facets of the country’s plural society.

The curtain-raiser at Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman, MaTIC, on Friday featured Ronggeng Melayu by the Nusantara Performing Arts Research Centre.

“The department remains committed to revitalising and dignifying the nation’s cultural arts, with PST2024 serving as a platform to conserve and elevate traditional arts to a higher level.

“PST not only positions Kuala Lumpur and every state as hubs for traditional arts performances, but also enhances this programme as a cultural tourism product,” it said in a statement, Bernama reported.

PST2024 will also showcase traditional performances of the Chinese community – Malaysian Chinese Art Echoes – featuring Chinese drums, lion dance, an erhu (flute) musical instrument performance, opera, and dragon dance by the Kuantan Mahligai Cultural Arts Group on June 28-29.

“On Sept 6-7, PST2024 will showcase Kobau Den Lopeh, a traditional Randai theatre production by the Negri Sembilan Theatre Arts Club.

“City dwellers can enjoy Ayyappa, an Indian classical theatre performance, on Sept 27-28, presented by the Sri Rathakrishanan Music and Arts Centre,” it said.

For more information on the programme, visit facebook.com/mysenibudaya.

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