There will be no shortage of literary events, public talks and poetry readings at the Malaysiaku celebrations set to happen at the Bangkung Row street carnival in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, on Sept 16.
In fact, the Malaysiaku celebrations extend to all things good: food, music, dances and arts.
Everything is within walking distance at this community-driven event, which has built a cult following through the years.
If you want a pop-up bookshop experience on the Bangkung Row, then do check out Opus Bistro, which will be turned into a small Malaysian bookstore.
The venue will also be hosting 30-minute conversations with several local authors, including Lina Latif (Sidelines), Adilin Arifin (My Best Kept Secret), Saidah Rastam (Rosalie And Other Love Songs ), Bernice Chauly (Once We Were There), an interview session with cartoonist Zunar by radio producer/presenter Umapagan Ampikaipakan, Benz Ali (Jalan Kiri Menuju Syurga) and Nizam Zakaria (Halimunan and Mat & Mel).
The “book shop” and author sessions will start 3pm onwards.
At 2pm, The Bobo Piano Lounge will host a talk Key Economic And Political Reforms For Malaysia Baharu by Prof Datuk Woo Wing Thye and Dr Wong Chin Huat. The venue is also presenting Malaysia 2.0: Pressing The Reset Button by Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin and Fahmi Fadzil, Lembah Pantai MP at 5pm. The talk will be moderated by Eddin Khoo (Pusaka arts organisation founder).
Not be left out is the Five Arts Centre, which is never short on pointed and thought-provoking events. The theatre company will roll out DiBuang (Dalam) Negeri: Who And What Is Excluded From Malaysia Baharu?, a “fish bowl conversation”, at Leonardo’s Dining Room at 2pm. The talk will be presented by Marion D’Cruz and Jacqueline Ann Surin.
A poetry recital follows at 5pm at Leonardo’s Dining Room with poet and writer Melizarani T. Selva on board.
While most of the Malaysiaku events are free admission, there will be a ticketed comedy show called Malaysia Baharu Boboleh at Bobo Piano Lounge at 8pm. The stand-up comedy act in Malay features Hishamuddin Rais, Shashic, KC Nazari and Abe Latte. It will be hosted by Ayim Razak and Filzah Awok. Cover charge is RM30 at the door. For those above 18 only.
Apart from the literary events and talks, visitors can sample over 60 stalls selling all kinds of Malaysian food on the Bangkung Row. The events run between 2pm and 10pm.
Performances on the street also include traditional dances, a folk rock set from Azmyl Yunor, Nada Bayu and Ushera.
More info and full schedule at FB: Malaysiaku.