Held for over five weeks, the second edition of the Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival aims to showcase the rich and nuanced diversity of Malaysia and its close ties with the ASEAN community.
From the performing arts to visual and literary arts, this year’s festival has it all and is set to be even grander than last year’s event which involved 1,300 participants from 24 countries, drawing 60,000 visitors, nearly a quarter of which were foreigners.
“The multi-cultural nature of Malaysia’s society offers a natural melting pot for artistic expression and we are pleased to be the channel for expanding the horizons of Malaysian residents and visitors to our beloved country through the
Wolfe Bowart in LaLaLuna
For 2016, we have put together an acclaimed lineup of signature performances featuring celebrated international stars and prominent Malaysian talents, which we believe will enhance Malaysia’s reputation as an artistic hub,” said DiverseCity 2016 Festival Director Datin Sunita Rajakumar.
One of the signature performances visitors can look forward to is the critically acclaimed King of Ghosts by British Indian composer and Indian Lute or sarod, player Soumik Datta, who is making his Asian debut. The contemporary reimagining of the classic movie tells the tale of four musicians who mysteriously gain superpowers.
Toccato 2020 and New Species by Zac Lee
Another highlight is the Feet on Fire, a performance that showcases kathak in all its glory, a dance known for its precision footwork. Lastly, visitors should not miss The Shankar Family Project – the unsung story of
two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s.
This together with an array of other events including Kaleidoscope 4 – HANDS International Drumming Festival 2016 by Hands Percussion and a rare look at Andy Warhol’s private polaroid collection make this year’s festival something
to eagerly look forward to for adults and children alike.
Bernard Goh from HANDS Percussion
WHERE Multiple venues across
WHEN 31 Aug-2 October
ADMISSION Free to most events otherwise RM10-RM200