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Art and theatre happenings to check out this month

Art and theatre happenings to check out this month

Buro Culture Guide

Text: Su Fen Tan

Watch a Vietnamese film, immerse in an eventful weekend at Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival or catch an iconic ballet — all happening this month:

3 - 18 August, Kavin Jay: Anger Management nationwide tour @ selected TGV cinemas

Hot on the heels of his very own Netflix special Everybody Calm Down!, Kavin Jay is now in the midst of bringing his world class stand-up comedy to live audiences across the nation. Joining Kavin on his maiden live comedy tour are Papi Zak of Mister Potato fame and up-and-coming comedian Brian Tan.

For the full schedule and more information, visit the website.


3 August - 1 September, Against The Day @ OUR ArtProjects, The Zhongshan Building

In the spirit of a renewed Malaysia, OUR ArtProjects highlights selected works by Malaysian artists whose practice offers new possibilities of drawings. Featured artists include Chong Siew Ying, Gan Sze Hooi, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Kow Leong Kiang, Minstrel Kuik, and Nirmala Dutt.

For more information, visit the website.


12 August - 30 December 2018, Latiff Mohidin: Pago Pago (1960 - 1969) @ Ilham Gallery

In collaboration with National Gallery Singapore and Centre Pompidou, Paris, Ilham Gallery presents an exhibition on the formative period of Malaysia's leading modernist painter and poet, Latiff Mohidin. "Pago Pago" is a phrase coined by the artist himself to evoke the consciousness that emerged from his travels across Europe and Southeast Asia during that period.

For more information, visit the website.


18 & 19 August (Sat & Sun), Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival @ KLPac

A free-for-all arts festival with a whopping 350 activities set to take place over the weekend on the grounds of KLPac, safe to say there won't be a dull moment at this year's Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Arts Festival.  

Check out the full programme and schedule at the website.


18 & 19 August, Life Sdn Bhd: Issues @ KLPac

The brainchild of Dato' Dr. Faridah Merican, Life Sdn Bhd celebrates its 14th year this year! Staged as part of the YSD Arts Festival this time around, the series will once again put the spotlight on real people with real stories, including the likes of Mark Beau de Silva, Omar Ali, and Puan Yatela Zainal Abidin.

Admission is free. For more information, visit the website.


23 - 29 August, Vietnamese Film Festival @ selected GSC cinemas

Don't miss the Vietnamese Film Festival as GSC launches the inaugural event with five films from the land of pho for five different perspectives of the country: Tôi Thấy Hoa Vàng Trên Cỏ Xanh (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass), Dạ Cổ Hoài Lang (Hello Vietnam!), Bạn Gái Tôi Là Sếp (My Girlfriend is the Boss), 100 Ngày Bên Em (100 Days of Sunshine) and 798mười (798TEN).

Tickets are priced at RM10 each. For more information, visit the website.


24 - 26 August & 31 August - 1 September, Swan Lake @ Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting

For two weekends only, don't miss the Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake as performed by the UK company Ballet West as they stage the classic ballet for the first time in Asia. Be swept away by the riveting tale of love, magic and tragedy brought to life through the mesmerising, graceful movements of ballet.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.


24 August - 1 September, Adam! The Musical @ KLPac

Follow Adam and Mia in this modern love story about beating the odds with music, humour and love amidst meddling relatives, kaypo aunties, and hilarious best friends before they face the big question: "Do you, take this man, to be your lawfully, wedded...". You can catch this musical during its premiere at the YSD Arts Festival on 19 August, or watch it during its extended run in the week after.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.


Ongoing exhibition:

23 July - 17 September, Teh Tarik with The Flag @ The National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia

Presented in collaboration with Wei-Ling Gallery, Teh Tarik with The Flag features works from 14 selected prominent Malaysian artists that explore the symbolic power of the flag as a means to reflect on and extend the rich and complex story of the 'Jalur Gemilang' as a potent symbol and a marker of identity, unity, belief, and division.

For more information, visit the website.

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