15th Johor Arts Festival this September!

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Malaysia’s comedy queen Joanne Kam will bring her vibrant gutsy material for a comedy show called La La Lian during the 15JohorAF

Johor AF to celebrate its 15th year with esteemed local acts at various venues

Comedian Joanne Kam, entertainer Sean Ghazi, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and a host of other top local acts will lead the festivities for the 15th Johor Arts Festival (15JohorAF) this year.

Kam, who is known for her bold and outrageous material, will be performing a one-woman comedy show as part of her latest La La Lian nationwide tour.

Ghazi, on the other hand, will croon and sway during TARAKUCHA!, a unique big-band jazz performance with a vintage Malaysian twist. Singing alongside velvety toned jazz singer Ida Mariana, the duo will transport you back to the golden jazz era with tunes by P.Ramlee, Sudirman and even Jimmy Boyle.

As for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), they will be returning to Johor Bahru in full force to once again be featured in the annual festival organised by the Johor Society for the Performing Arts (JSPA).
Festival director Suzie Yap said shining the spotlight on local acts was something that the festival had always done.

“We are proud of our local artists and we want to use this stage to show them off,” she said adding that while a large number of the performers were local, several foreign acts were also roped in to be part of the festival.
A standout international act would be Berlin-based Vision String Quartet, a group of vivacious, vivid and electrifying musicians who break barriers by fusing classical compositions with pop music.

Other than the mentioned acts, the 15JohorAF will also include performances by WVC Malaysian Jazz Ensemble, screenings of Yasmin Ahmad’s classic films and a special book launch called Yasmin, I Lup Chew, a photography exhibition by Zulkiflie Maarof from Sidekick Projext Enterprise, a special one-man theatre showcase from Singapore called Kulit On The Go, a unique Bharatanatyam performance by dance guru Ajith Bhaskar, and many more.

The 15JohorAF will take place from 1st till 23rd September 2018 at various locations in Johor Bahru. For full event details, visit JSPA’s website at www.jspa.org.my or log on to their Facebook page.