Your guide to local art and cultural events happening in May

Your guide to local art and cultural events happening in May

La dolce vita

Text: Su Fen Tan

Image: Urbanscapes / Facebook

Fill in your monthly calendar with a little bit of French and a whole lot of Jazz

April 23 - May 8, Urbanscapes, Kuala Lumpur

While we are almost at the end of the festival (where did the time go?), there is still plenty to check out. Headlining act M83 takes the stage at KL Live this Saturday, and if you haven't been to the Urbanscapes House yet, be sure to get there by Sunday - the closing party is sure to be a ball.

For the full line-up and schedule, visit their website.


May 6 - 8, World Youth Jazz Festival, Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

The first of two jazz festivals happening this month, the World Youth Jazz Festival is also the world's biggest youth jazz festival! Now in its 5th year, it is set to showcase some of the best local and international artistes, including acts from Spain, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam and Philippines. Notable mentions are Frederik Köster Band, Ashton Moore, Maya Karin, and Patrick Terbrack.

This event is free for all. For more information, visit their website.


May 6 - 15, Into The Woods, KuAsh Theatre, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

You've seen the movie (and perhaps even the live production), now it's time you watched the musical live on our home ground. Kicking off tomorrow, this award-winning musical intertwines the plots of several popular Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales doused with a dark, humorous twist. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood all in one story? You can hardly go wrong with that.

Tickets are available at or walk-in at the PJLA Box Office at Jaya One. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.


May 12 - June 18, Le French Festival, Klang Valley and Penang

Formerly known as the French Art & Film Festival, Le French Festival returns this year with a new name, and promises a French inter-cultural experience that is larger than life. Other than the usual art and films, festival-goers can also look forward to live music performances, workshops, gastronomy events as well as educational talks. Golden Screen Cinemas will be screening 14 French films, and renown actress Melanie Thierry will be in town on 19 May for the screening of The Princess of Montpensier.

For more information on the festival, visit the website or contact Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur by calling +603-2694 7880.


May 13 - 14, Borneo Jazz, Park City Everly Hotel, Miri

Can't get enough of jazz? Head over to Miri for Borneo Jazz. Now in its 11th year, the festival will feature a handful of jazz musicians from the region and across the globe. Performers include Funkatori, Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion, Manou Gallo Groove Orchestra, O Sister!, The Rad Trads and even local school brass band Chung Hwa Miri Brass Band.

For more information, visit the website.


May 14, Lup Chew screening, Uppercase, APW, Bangsar

Although details are kept under wraps for this event, the folks from Yasmin At Kong Heng promises the screening will be a big surprise. What are you waiting for? Save the date, make your way to Uppercase, APW and get to know Yasmin through the people who were closest to the iconic Malaysian filmmaker. 

Space is limited to 300, first come first serve. For more information, visit its Facebook event page.


April 20 - May 21, 'Words Become Art' by Sun Kang Jye, Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

A solo exhibition by Sun Kang Jye, an emerging Malaysian artist, 'Words Become Art' sees the artist reimagine the scripture of the Holy Bible. Driven by a passion towards the Holy Bible, Sun turns his reflections on the words of the Bible into works of art with the artistic implementation of Chinese characters. 

Want to know what else is on at Wei-Ling Gallery? Visit the website to find out.


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