Ever fancied attending a poetry reading under the moonlight?

The Malam Sayu Berpuisi series, which kicks off on March 20 at KLPac, promises to be an otherworldly affair. 

You can expect a gathering of young poets and musicians under a banyan tree in the sprawling grounds of KLPac.

This series is initiated by Coebar Abel, a multimedia and sound designer, and curated by Lily Jamaludin and Veshalini Naidu.

It will feature poets Swit Marie, Jack Malik, Farah Aiman and Umar Aziz.

What sets this poetry event apart from the rest is that the poets will not be reading off the pages from their notebooks or referring to their smart devices.

“This certainly reduces the engagement with the audience very significantly and we intend to get rid of that,” says Coebar, 25, who is also the show’s producer.

Instead, the poets will be “performing” their written work, without the aid of a microphone.

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Jack Malik, 25, is one of the featured poets in Malam Sayu Berpuisi.

“Poets are not actors, but we believe that poets are better at delivering words but due to the presence of the microphone, most of them are glued to one point of the stage.

“We want them to move to the audience, to whisper to one lucky audience member, and to scream without being overwhelming,” he adds.

There will be live improvised music by Feel Tu Penting, a music collective, which Coebar believes will “bring the voice and the words of the poet to a different space.”

Interestingly, a “beggar character” will be going around seeking contributions during the performance.

“The idea of the beggar came about because it is an outdoor show, and we have no control over people coming in and out, so how do we gain money to pay the performers?

“We will get the host to ask the audience to donate, but this is art, we need to make it dramatic,” says Coebar.

The host for the night will be actor Jad Hidhir. There will also be five-minute open-mic slots available.


Malam Sayu Berpuisi is on at KLPac, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah in Kuala Lumpur on March 20. Showtime: 8.30pm. Entry by donation. For more information, call 03-4047 9000, 012 358 5553 or visit klpac.org.