Buro Culture Guide: Local art and music events happening in May ’17

What to see and do


By Su Fen Tan

Buro Culture Guide: Local art and music events happening in May ’17

2 May – 30 July 2017, ‘Goodearth: Expressions of Creative Energy’ @ Galeri Petronas, Suria KLCC

Can creativity be taught, or is it an innate, indefinable quality? Or maybe it is a fusion of both? Curated by Ernst Chin, this exhibition aims to explore the indefinable energy of creativity.

Admission is free. For more information, visit


4 – 28 May, ‘Gaumont: 120 years of Cinema’ @ Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur / 31 May – 18 June @ Gurney Plaza, Penang

Be transported through time with renowned film studio Gaumont, a.k.a the very first film company in the world, and learn about the history of French cinema as you walk through the exhibition, which features posters and film excerpts of movies such as The Great Dictator (1940), which stars Charlie Chaplin, and Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) by Werner Herzog.

Admission is free. For more information, visit


5 – 7 May, ‘Ballet Illuminations‘ @ KLPAC / 12 – 14 May in PenangPAC

The much anticipated ‘Ballet Illuminations’ makes its annual comeback this year with a special piece amidst its lineup that has never been seen before in Malaysia. Showcasing the highlights from the company’s repertoire, expect a diverse performance of classical and contemporary ballet by award-winning choreographers.

For ticketing and more information, visit


6 May, Urbanscapes 2017 x Soundscape presents: TTNG + Mylets @ The Bee, Publika

British math rock band TTNG and one-man sonic ensemble Mylets in one show, plus SWIMS, This is Atlantis, and Cloudy Ku (DJ set) as supporting acts? That makes up more reasons than you need to head down to The Bee @ Publika this Saturday.

For more information, visit the event page.


6 & 7 May, Art for Grabs: Revisit KL Year 2017 @ Urbanscapes House, 2 Hang Kasturi

Drop by Arts for Grabs this weekend, where there’ll be curated art and craft booths, activist campaigns, critical discussions, music performances, and other urgent manifestos for urban manifestations.

For more information, visit the event page.


10 May, Virtual Reality: ‘The Cinema of Tomorrow’ @ Alliance Française Kuala Lumpur

Experience the new technologies in cinema as Le French Festival highlights some of the latest developments in the fields of virtual reality and cinema. There’ll be various workshops involving interactive cinema, virtual reality films, and an immersive sound room.

Tickets are priced at RM15. For more information, visit


10 – 21 May, #ThisIsKualaLumpur @ Urbanscapes House, 2 Hang Kasturi

Discover KL through the eyes five different photographers at #ThisIsKualaLumpur, a photo project that includes an exhibition and talks on the third floor of Urbanscapes House, as well as day and night photography walking tours in the city.

For more information, visit the event page.


19 May – 4 June, Betrayal @ KLPAC

Arguably Harold Pinter’s most celebrated play, Betrayal revolves around a love triangle between Emma, her husband Robert, and his best friend Jerry. For this adaptation, Joe Hasham will be directing the play in both English and Bahasa Malaysia as two separate shows that will play on alternate nights, performed by the same cast – among them Stephanie Van Driesen, Omar Ali, Razif Hashim and Jad Hidhir.

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20 May, Levi’s presents: 501® Rock & Rivets at Urbanscapes @ KL Live

This is one for the fans of rock – it’ll be a head-banging night as Thai rock band Yellow Fang takes the stage at KL Live, supported by Malaysian rock luminaries Seven Collar T-Shirt, Kyoto Protocol and Tempered Mental.

For ticketing and more information, visit the event page.


20 – 21 May, Balletbase Presents an Evening of Movement, Music and Passion @ DPAC

Balletbase, an amateur contemporary ballet company based in Klang Valley, is set to present its first showcase since its revival in 2015. Featuring works from both local and regional choreographers, the show will begin with classical ballet pieces before moving into more contemporary choreography later in the repertoire.

Tickets are priced at RM55. For ticketing and more information, visit


21 May, #UncageMusic Block Party at Urbanscapes @ The Row, KL

See out Urbanscapes with a bang at #UncageMusic, where The Row will be transformed into an epicentre of music, arts and F&B for one night. The highlight is undoubtedly Crystal Castles and Hyukoh at Slate, which is an invite-only event – follow Tiger and Urbanscapes to find out how you can score passes. But even if you fail to snag a pass, there are a host of other activities and music acts to check out that night.

Entry to the #UncageMusic Block Party is free. For more information, visit the event page.


26 May, Sadako by Cie Uzumaki Dance Company @ Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)

Also part of Le French Festival, Sadako features Valentine Nagata-Ramos in her first solo piece, where she’ll perform a choreography that mixes butō, hip hop and origami – the latter explains the presence of paper cranes on stage. The first part of the show will be performed by Malaysian dancers from Valentine’s masterclass earlier that week, and the second part is to be performed by Valentine herself.

Tickets are priced at RM40. For ticketing information, visit


27 – 28 May, Salam Konnichiwa by KLPAC Symphonic Band @ KLPAC

As 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Malaysia-Japan Diplomatic Relations, KLPAC Symphonic Band celebrates six decades of friendship between the two countries with a fun repertoire of popular Japanese music, including a AKB48! Medley, Ultraman’s theme song, and ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’ by Joe Hisaishi.

For ticketing and more information, visit


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