By ELIM POON
Feeling tired of seeing the same old landscapes of the city day in and day out? Well, feel dreary no more as Kuala Lumpur’s Art In The City series is back for its second edition this year, from Oct 18-27.
This year’s celebration – with the theme “I heART KL” – will see the heart of the city filled with public installations, arts events, gigs and more.
This 10-day collaboration between Cendana, an agency for cultural economy development, and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), will feature three site-specific commissioned art installations by local artists, a video competition, Lucky Pao Market, public art forum and workshop and several fringe activities.
First up, public art pieces from artists Joshua Teo (Entwine) and Pamela Tan (Dome Of Disappearance) will be unveiled. Projection mapping collective Filamen is also on board with its Wayang Tube work. These talented artists are the finalists of an open call for public art back in June to find the best artistic proposals to colour and enliven the city.
Workshops will also be conducted by the artists. The artworks will be displayed – from Oct 18 to next February – along the River Of Life waterfront district in KL’s Masjid Jamek (or Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque) area.
Art In The City is also about involving the masses, with Cendana’s recent open call video competition. The best eight entries have been selected through public voting. They will be featured in the upcoming Art In The City programme. One lucky winner will be picked and special video screening sessions will take place at the Lucky Pao Market, a community-based highlight of the programme at Jalan Raja.
This Lucky Bao Market is scheduled for Oct 19 from 5pm to 11pm. The public will also get the chance to catch local music performances from bands and artistes such as Kyoto Protocol, Johny Comes Lately, Bizhu and The Nadir Music Collective.
In addition to the big street party, the market will present artisans, featuring unique local crafts, design creations and artworks.
A forum and workshop, featuring local and international art industry players, will be held at the Ruang by Think City building in Jalan Hang Kasturi to discuss the role arts and culture play in public spaces. These programmes are perfect for art lovers who are looking to deepen their comprehension of art.
This forum, featuring names like Nani Kahar, Dr Rosli Zakaria, Tetawowe Atelier, Aisyah Baharuddin, Lim Soo Ngee (from Singapore), Ahmad Khairudin (Indonesia) and Snow Ng, will be held on Oct 20 from 10am to 5pm, while the Public Art Workshop will take place on Oct 21 and 22 from 10am to 6pm.
The traditional arts platform – Panggung Rakyat – is happening at the Jalan Raja area on Oct 19, from 8.30pm to 11pm. This event features traditional performances (like a ronggeng performance from Nusantara Performing Arts Research Center or NusParc on Oct 19), interactive workshops, displays and talks.
Join NusParc to experience a ronggeng social dance and music, featuring Orkes Mawarku Ronggeng Ensemble and the Mawarku and NusPARC dancers.
Take a leisurely stroll in the city next, but not before grabbing your sketchbook and pens.
Sketchwalk by KL Sketchnation will be hosting a beginner-friendly event on Oct 20, so let your inner artist run wild and sketch the city.
If you are an aspiring independent musician, the ACE Bootcamp Indie Music session on Oct 30 is definitely an event for you. Independent musicians, promoters, recording labels and artist managers are encouraged to attend this networking session at The Bee, Publika. The panelists include musician Takahara Suiko (of Venopian Solitude), as well as industry players like Ahmad Izham Omar, Jennifer Thompson and Rahul Kukreja.
If you’re into the art trail, don’t forget to join the gallery tours – curated by online group Art Seni – from Oct 18-27 to catch what art exhibitions are happening in KL during the Art In The City programme.
Art In The City 2019 is presented by Cendana and DBKL, and supported by Ministry of Federal Territories, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tourism Malaysia, KL Hop-On Hop-Off, The Art Seni and KL Sketchnation.
Facebook: Cendana Malaysia.