Compiled by ELIM POON

From a festival held in an old cinema building and a street-level community outreach right to the National Archives of Malaysia exhibiting a series of historical documents in a mall and an open house event packed with arts, music and talks, it looks like there is no shortage of free admission events to make this Malaysia Day weekend a memorable one.

Made-In-Malaysia Festival
Where: REXKL, Jalan Sultan, KL
When: Sept 14 and 15, 10am-6pm
Malaysia Day celebrations don’t get trendier than this two-day festival hosted by AirAsia Foundation and REXKL, which aims to highlight what makes Malaysia a true melting pot. From Sabah beading and Mah Meri weaving workshops to a photographer’s talk (Born In Malaysia) by Kenny Loh and tribal tattoos from Borneo, there is a lot of Malaysia to explore. Add a Mak Yong performance and Sikh drumming to end both days respectively. Here’s your chance to also get to know this former old cinema building, which has been transformed into a creative space in downtown KL. There will also be martial arts demonstrations, spoken word, film screenings, a vintage flea market and a local food market. FB: REXKL.

The Malaysia Day pop-up exhibition, supported by the National Archives of Malaysia, at Publika in KL. Photo: Azhar Mahfof/The Star

Hari Malaysia and Publika Art Show
Where: Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
When: Daily, ends Sept 16
The Piknik-Piknik Malaysia Bazaar happens this weekend at The Square, Publika, with an array of cultural performances (wayang kulit to gamelan performances) and culinary delights on parade. Among all these events, the Hari Malaysia exhibition is particularly eye-catching as it is a collaboration between Publika and the National Archives of Malaysia. Rare national artefacts such as the 1951 Nash Rambler (the car used by Tunku Abdul Rahman to announce the country’s independence in Melaka on Feb 20, 1956), the original hand-stitched flag of the Federation of Malaya, as well as documents surrounding the formation of Malaysia are on display. The ceasefire declaration and documents ending the Indonesia-Malaysia Konfrontasi can also be viewed. The Publika Art Show, also called the Sama-Sama: Same-Same exhibit, is showing at the White Box. It gathers 41 artists and six photojournalists. The exhibition, exploring imagined worlds and hard realities, tries to make sense of life in Malaysia Baharu. Participating galleries are Fergana Art, Segaris Art Center and Artemis Art.

Acara Merdekalah Kata
Where: Jalan Panggong, Kuala Lumpur
When: Sept 15, 5pm onwards
Be sure to not miss this street event coming this Sunday. Acara Merdekalah Kata, which is actually a sequel to the previous Gerak Malaysia event Acara Bumi Manusia, aims to reach out to street friends in Jalan Panggong. Sit back and relax as you enjoy readings carried out by Pak Jamal (a street friend) of a series of short stories written by Bonda Zainon. Look forward to an engaging discussion on the “Sastera Melawan Ketidakadilan” panel (Hadri Shah and Johan Radzi) as well as an acoustic performance by Takahara Suiko (from the indie group Venopian Solitude). During the event, in collaboration with Dapur Jalanan KL, food will also be distributed to street friends. FB: Gerak Malaysia.

The Lokacipta PJLama community house will be hosting a series of spoken word, music and poetry sessions this Malaysia Day. Photo: Lokacipta PJLama

Lokacipta PJLama
Where: 49, Jalan Othman, PJS 3, Petaling Jaya
When: Sept 16, 3pm-10pm
Kickstart your Malaysia Day celebrations at Lokacipta PJLama, a community organisation that was established early this year. Lokacipta is proud to present acoustic performances by Eyza Bahra, Ray Cheong, and PTK Daud, poetry open mic sessions, as well as talks by young Malaysian entrepreneurs who have made a name for themselves in the creative industry. These speakers are none other than Afiq ‘Amber’ Iskandar, the founder of Tarik Jeans and Jasad Bersiong, who is not only the founder of Penerbitan Langit, but also a well-known publisher herself in the local indie literature scene. Last but not least, you can also indulge in some lovely Malaysian produced merchandise that will be sold during the event. FB: Lokacipta PJLama.

Keretapi Sarong 19
Where: Gombak (LRT), Ampang (LRT), Kajang (MRT), Bandar Utama (MRT) and Subang Jaya (LRT)
When: Sept 16 (meet at chosen stations by 9am)
For a dose of novelty and sarong-wearing nostalgia, make sure to sign up for the lively and entertaining event Keretapi Sarong. Wear your sarong with pride and join the fun. The event is actually a curated flashmob held to allow the Malaysian public to come together as a united whole to celebrate our country’s heritage and culture. Yup, it’s traditional clothes to the fore! Haze or not, prepare yourself for an enjoyable day dressed up in your best sarong and making new friends. FB: Keretapi Sarong 19.