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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 Japanese film, catch the best of 10-minute productions at Short+Sweet, or pick up basic embroidery — all happening this month:

1 - 30 September, DiverseCity Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival @ in and around KL

The KL International Arts Festival returns this year with a lineup as diverse as its host city, with more than 15 music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature events taking place in and around the city. Highlights include the Humans of KL 'Stories from Malaysia' photostory exhibition at Carcosa Seri Negara, and the multi-award winning show Eggsistentialism.

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


6 September - 7 October, Japanese Film Festival @ selected GSC cinemas

The Japanese Film Festival celebrates its 15th edition this year, kicking off in Klang Valley, before heading to Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabal. There is something for every film buff out there, from lighthearted comedies to heart-racing thrillers. 

For more information, visit the website.


7 September - 4 November, Short+Sweet Malaysia 2018 @ KLPac

A great platform for local talents in various performing arts disciplines, Short+Sweet debuts new works that are 10 minutes or less. On top of S+S Stand-Up Comedy+Song, Musical, Junior Dance, Dance and Theatre, this year's edition introduces a brand new category: S+S Film. After 4 November, the dance and theatre components will make its way to Penang from 7 to 17 November.

For ticketing and more information, visit the website.


8 September, Ilham Conversations: Deeper Than Indigo @ Ilham Gallery

In this special illustrated talk, writer, artist, curator, international lecturer and avid traveler Jenny Balfour Paul will be here to discuss her acclaimed book Deeper Than Indigo (2015) - a biography, memoir and reimagining of the journeys of remarkable 19th century indigo planter and explorer Thomas Machell, whose journals she discovered by serendipity in the British Library.

For more information, visit the website.


9 September, An Afternoon with Jeffry Lim @ Lit Books

Meet award-winning photographer Jeffry Lim as he shares his experience and process in shooting Aspiring New Zealand, a commemorative photography book featuring aerial shots of the stunning landscapes of New Zealand. The book was endorsed by the New Zealand High Commission in KL, and consists of 40 beautiful images of the country's majestic mountains and fascinating geographical terrains from a bird's eye view.

For more information, visit the event page.


12 September - 4 October, The Artists' Workstations @ OUR ArtProjects, The Zhongshan Building

The Artists' Workstations highlights selected pairings of materials and works by artists and explores how the materials inform and influence their working methods and artistic vocabularies. The featured artists in The Artists' Workstations are Bree Jonson, chi too, Liew Kwai Fei, and Yeo Tze Yang.

For more information, visit the website.


12 September - 15 December, Editions @ Shalini Ganendra Fine Art

Editions brings together artists to consider the art and medium of multiples in both serial and unique forms. The exhibition features artists whose art is directly by the consideration of multiples as well as artists whose current works are unique, including Talha KK, Tsa Meera, Eric Peris, Nowornever Design, Haris Abadi and Sujeewa Kumari. While you're there, you can also check out the XYZ Brick Organ Pavilion, an interactive architectural feature at the art gallery that is part of its PavilionNOW project. 

For more information, visit the website.


13 September, Bookmark Live!: Relish @ Lit Books

If you love listening to BFM's Bookmark on air, then drop by Lit Books next week for a live recording of the show. This session's theme will definitely hit home for Malaysians as host Umapagan Ampikaipakan discusses food books every curious eater should dive into with guests Chef Darren Teoh of Dewakan, and editor and radio host Mahvesh Murad.

For more information, visit the event page.


15 September, Flower Bouquet Embroidery Workshop @ Midori Studio

Picking up a craft is always a good idea. This month, learn the art of embroidery with Anni Tai as she guides you through the basics in this beginner-friendly workshop. You'll get to bring home your very own piece of embroidery artwork on a hoop at the end of the day.

The workshop fee is RM190. For more information, visit the event page.


22 & 23 September, SD: Romeo & Juliet @ DPAC

Presented by KL Shakespeare Players, SD: Romeo & Juliet makes the classic playwright's work accessible and exciting for the public with key scenes from the text weaved together by narration in contemporary English.

For 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.


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.

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