It’s no riddle why Urbanscapes is an enduring creative arts festival. A captivating spread of art, music, film, design, and other creative fields, it creates a holistic experience that nourishes the senses. In 16 years of existence, it has grown to become an international beacon of the arts, drawing an appreciative crowd into its embrace.
Founder and Festival Director Adrian Yap elaborates, “We hope Urbanscapes will attract tens of thousands of people again this year to our mix of art exhibitions and installations, community markets, music shows, talks, and workshops, and will find that Kuala Lumpur’s ever-growing reputation as a city of creativity, culture and commerce is not unfounded.
“In the spirit of this year’s theme, #REIMAGINEKL, venues all across the city, from Chinatown to Medan Pasar, to River Of Life and Chin Woo Stadium, will come alive with accessible art and music.”
Singer-songwriter Khalid, the voice in The Ways (heard in Black Panther), Young Dumb & Broke, Silence, Lovely and other hits takes the KL Live stage for an evening, with local electronic maestro, Alextbh, opening.
Organised by returning Urbanscapes presenter U Mobile, The Unlimited Grooves Festival at Chin Woo Stadium boasts an impressive international line-up that contains Wolf Alice, Bodega, Se So Neon, Phum Viphurit, Midnight Fusic and Bil Musa.
Tamasya Anak Muda: A Luncai Emas Showcase is a one-night special featuring local rock performers Iqbal M, Pitahati, Ramayan, Margasatwa, Satwo, and a DJ set by Disko Santan. Airliftz and Lunadira are among those to catch at Unboxing This Way Up Records.
At the festival stronghold, Urbanscapes House, it’s new music launches and listening parties galore, courtesy of the likes of Prog-psych rockers Golden Mammoth and songstress Talitha Tan. The Bee Publika sees alt-rockers Spooky Wet Dreams, dream poppers Youth Portal, and others.
Works Of Art
Curated by Sharmin Parameswaran, the REIMAGINEUS visual art exhibition occupies the first floor of Urbanscapes House, while at Medan Pasar, Bono Stellar displays her largest-scale installation to date, ARUS. There is also the Zhongshan Building Weekender, sporting art installations, performances and workshops.
ARUS by Bono Stellar
Immersio 2.0 by Filamen, AVAI by Saishogen, Live Wire by Fairuz Sulaiman, Paint The Light by Cervello and Wayang @ Warung Panggung: Nu-KL by Hidity.Lab are among the pop-up art endeavours at Medan Pasar and River of Life, portraying transient art of the audio-visual kind. P.oP-pARTy at Urbanscapes House meanwhile unfolds a freestyle pop-up performance that employs lights, projection art, props and other effects in mesmerising fashion.
Immersio 2.0 by Filamen
At Centre Stage
Dancing In Place is a production in which rising and seasoned dancers, such as Lee Ren Xin, Rathimalar Govindarajoo, and ASWARA Faculty of Dance talents show their skills at Medan Pasar, before heading to to Chinatown and the River of Life. With MUKA Space and the Malaysian Puppetry Association (MPA) at the helm, Warung Panggung brings the tale of Ah Loy through puppetry in a mobile, multiplex setting.
Film buffs can check out Kota Wayang by Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia x Cinephilia to watch riveting movies about Kuala Lumpur through the ages.
Pesta Lorong Hang Kasturi with Think City and RIUH! in the vicinity of Urbanscapes House are the places to be for some happening street fun with creative twists. Kuala Hijau by Biji-Biji Initiative puts forth events in favour of discussions, spoken-word poetry sets, storytelling, and street walks.
Make It Happen!: The Conference enlightens content creators about the creative process, while ArtTECH by Nollyz facilitates the exchange of creative ideas through conferences, exhibitions and workshops. The Disappearance of Voices in Petaling Street allows participants to hear, through a guided walking tour, recordings from the olden days at the peculiar places they were first heard. Finally, This Is Home by The Picha Project is a telling exhibition about the refugee crisis.
This Is Home by The Picha Project
Believe it or not, this merely amounts to a cursory look at Urbanscapes 2018. Visit the website below for more details!
WHERE Various locations in KL
WHEN 3-18 Nov (full programme on website)
ADMISSION Event dependent