Prepare for one of Malaysia’s biggest arts festivals, set to dazzle the city in a kaleidoscope of dance, music and theatre. The Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival 2016 (YSDAF 2016) is an international-level event that seeks to showcase local talent in an enjoyable and accessible manner.
After successfully launching in 2014, drawing more than 15,000 visitors, this year’s festival promises to be “bigger, better and brighter,” according to klpac and YSDAF Artistic Director Joe Hasham.
Themed ‘Arts Education + The Future’, this year’s show will give festival-goers a glimpse of Malaysia’s ever-growing arts scene in a jam-packed weekend filled with exciting activities. The best part? It’s all free!
The festival will begin with a Walk to the Future parade in collaboration with Saito College, where a colourful procession filled with vibrant costumes will parade along the Sultan Azlan Shah Road from klpac and back again.
On the gala night, legendary 1980s pop-rock band Alleycats will perform along with up-and-coming soul artist Dasha Logan and the electric Flynn Jamal, while talented young acts from the fields of dance, jazz, butoh, orchestra conducting and comedy will stage their works which have been carefully curated by assigned mentors as part of the Master + Murid mentorship programme.
Other things to look forward to include a crowd-sourced photography exhibition entitled Then + Now, an audio-visual showcase from Paras Bunyi Collective, and a full-length theatrical production about following one’s dreams, from CubeArt Stage & Performance.