The KL International Arts Festival Closes with More Music, Theater and Literature Performances

The KL International Arts Festival Closes with More Music, Theater and Literature Performances

The KL International Arts Festival 2017 (KLIAF 2017) closes this week with some exciting performances by both local and international artistes including the much-awaited Percussion Paradise by the Hands Percussion who will be celebrating their 20th anniversary;  the Helpmann Award nominee Wolfe Bowart’s Letter’s End, which will make its Malaysian premiere at the end of the month; and The Breath of Dragons, an interactive children’s theater production.

Here’s a look at the Festival calendar:

28 Sep

Free Admission to watch Wolfe Bowart in a workshop with Drama and Theater students who will be able to gain some insights and learn additional skills from this physical comedian, actor and playwright who has also co-written several motion picture and television screenplays, in addition to guest-starring in multiple US TV programmes including ABC, CNBC and the Disney Channel.

5:30 p.m.

Auditorium DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut

29 Sep

For the third year, poets from the Nusantara and ASEAN countries will come together to showcase their works and ultimately demonstrate the very essence of harmonious ASEAN literature. Meanwhile, the synergy of “Syair” writers / composers and singers relive the heritage of Malay traditional poems.

8:30 p.m.

Rumah PENA, Jalan Dewan Bahasa, Kuala Lumpur

29 & 30 Sep

Poets from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam engage in a forum to discuss the Struggle of the Nation through poetry, culminating with a “Puisi Akrab ASEAN” performance.

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Balai Seminar Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka, Jalan Dewan Bahasa, Kuala Lumpur

30 Sep

Renowned in the drumming and percussion circle, Hands Percussion Malaysia shares its 20th anniversary celebration of different and creative art forms with the community through a collaboration with Sisu Percussion from Norway, Tan Su Yin and Moto Guo from Malaysia.

3:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

30 Sep

A culmination of a two-day presentation of ASEAN prose with well-known poets from the region including Shafa’atussara Silahudin @ Syafa and Rusmawani Ishak from Malaysia; Idawati, M.A., Nelly Alie, and Juspebgo Setiawan from Indonesia; Afi Hanafi from Singapore; with guest artists

Mardiana Alwi and Zaidi Omar.

8:30 p.m.

Auditorium Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Jalan Dewan Bahasa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur

30 Sep

The “Konsert Gemilang 50 Tahun Panggung Anniversarii” concert is geared to excite and bring the sweet nostalgia of Panggung Anniversari’s glory days into the hearts of music fans of all ages. Combining “evergreen” favourites by stars of the 70s with the hottest new artists of the current generation, the audience can look forward to witnessing and experiencing for themselves Malaysia’s unique musical journey through time. Organized by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and DiverseCity – the KL International Arts Festival, the entire performance will be supported and specially accompanied by DBKL’s Orchestra and Dance group.

8:30 p.m.

Panggung Anniversari, Jalan Cenderawasih, Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur

30 Sep & 1 Oct

Theatre de la Cour and The Jumping JellyBeans bring you a trilogy of dragon stories articulated in an interactive, theatrical style, using masks, wayang kulit and life-sized puppets. Children and the young at heart will get to interact with The Dragon from Terni, The Child and the Dragon and The Nuraghi’s Dragon performed in different theatrical styles that will no doubt delight children and adults alike.

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Twenty20Two, 20 Jalan SS 4D/14, Taman People’s Park, 47301 Petaling Jaya

30 Sep & 1 Oct

Acclaimed theatre clown Wolfe Bowart, who made his Malaysian debut at KLIAF16 with the enchanting LaLaLuna, returns with the Helpmann Award-nominated Letter’s End. Weaving together his signature mix of physical comedy, illusion, shadow puppetry and interactive film, Bowart leads audiences of all ages on a dream-like journey down a most magical memory lane.

11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

Auditorium DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur

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