Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival 2015

Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival 2015, Diversecity 2015

Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festivals 2015 is going to start on 1st September until 4th October 2015, a month long event of exciting activities on such a large scale across 20 venues in vibrant Kuala Lumpur add colour to the multi-genre festival – namely: comedy, music, traditional, dance and literature.

A huge range of performances with artists from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Japan and Korea promise a memorable experience for everyone. With support from the Prime Minister of Malaysia, The Mayor and City Hall, the Department of Culture, Tourism Malaysia and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Festival Director Sunita Rajakumar announced the launch of this first ever Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival to be held throughout Kuala Lumpur during the month of September 2015.

Kuala Lumpur is likely the only city in the world which can stage this scale of genuine and authentic Asian-originarts and cultural performances such as this, especially in the official Year of Festivals 2015 and when Malaysia is the Chair of the ASEAN Secretariat.

In addition, throughout the month, there will be workshops and artist discussions where performers and audience can meet. More information is available on the website www.diversecity.my, sign up for our newsletters. The full program will be announced in June 2015. Early-bird tickets will be available for sale in August 2015.

Curated by Harith Iskander and running for a week starting on Malaysia Day 16 September 2015, you don’t want to miss this comedy festival of at least 60 local and regional comedians which promises to be one of the most significant comedy festivals in the world.

Headlined by HarithIskandar himself whose most recent show was labelled “the biggest stand-up comedy show in Asia” and top names from comedy powerhouses like the  United States (Paul Ogata, Tom Rhodes); United Kingdom (Gina Yeshere, Stephen Grant); and Australia (Hung Lee).

Comedians from Philippines, India, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Malawi, Korea and Japan as well as a host of comedians from Malaysia will be combining to make the KLICFest a TRULY international comedy festival.
This genre is curated by Michael Veerapen, one of Asia’s foremost jazz musicians. For the inaugural year of this festival, he will be producing unforgettable weekends of large-scale music concerts of:

- Top local pop artists and ASEAN stars – including ZainalAbidin, Marcel Siaahan, Dasha Logan, Gerard Singh and DatukKhatijah Ibrahim - performing with the full National Symphony Orchestra at DataranMerdeka on 27 September 2015;

- Entire evenings of ASEAN jazz (KohMr.Saxman, The Steve McQueens, IndraLemana, Steve Nanda group) and percussion (Steve Thornton, Tribal Tides, Binh Minh, Hands Percussion, Akasha) at the Lake Gardens on 19-20 September 2015;

- Legendary rock bands – Wings, Hujan, Iklim - performing live at the iconic Stadium Negara on 12 September 2015.

- A month packed with independent bands and highly talented musicians at the top jazz clubs in Kuala Lumpur throughout September 2015.

Pusaka’s ambitious line-up for this inaugural Festival includes an extraordinary 100-man DikirBarat performance by a chorus of young clappers and first-ever concerts in Malaysia by:

- AlimQasimov, the most esteemed and celebrated traditional Mugham singer of Azerbaijan;

- Mehr Ali and Sher Ali, world-renowned grand masters of the Qawwali tradition of Pakistan;

- legendary dance company, Shwe Mann Thabin of Myanmar with Burmese dance master, Shwe Mann U Win Maung, flying in all the way from New York City to perform ZatPwe, a stylized dance theatre rarely seen outside its native land; and

- the much-celebrated and highly distinctive Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre from Vietnam.

There will be a special KudaKepang performance that interweaves photographic imagery of KudaKepang by photographer Cheryl Hoffmann; an authentic Mak Yong performance that showcases the granddaughters of the legendary Mak Yongprimadonna, CheNing; and a WayangKulit performance in tribute of the legendary TokDalangDollahBajuMerah of Kelantan to mark the 10th Anniversary of his passing and many other performances.

Curated by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim who has commissioned 12 ground-breaking new dance theatre productions which showcase new trends in choreography in contemporary modern and traditional dance genres, the ambitious line-up in this genre will include:

A new Odissi dance production ‘Ganjam’ by DtkRamli’s Sutra Foundation.

“The Tree”, a creation by the highly talented co-artistic directors Anthony Meh and Aman Yap of Dua Space (which has toured 11 countries).

“Pak PandirYo” an electrifying, creative and edgy production choreographed by Alam, dance phenomenon and champion of the first Malaysian ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. Alam uses hip-hop, breakdance, robotic techniques, bar patterns and waacking routines with a Malaysian twist, to tell an urban version of Pak Pandir – the clown-sidekick of popular Malay folk stories.

The ASEAN-based literature genre of this Festival will be one of the most intriguing ever held in Malaysia: featuring prominent poets, performing artists from shadow play, monologists, authors and speakers from Malaysia and neighbouring countries such as SEA Write winners.

There will also be a joint performance of Kelantanese Shadow Play and Edo Ito AyatsuriNingyo, a traditional Japanese puppet performance.

There will be a special appearance of Wak Khalid to perform his monologue along with ASEAN monologists from Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand such as Khalid Salleh, Mr Asia RamliPrapanca, Mr ZefriAriff and Ms Noor Hasnah Adam.

Roasters Chicken Run contributed to Food Aid Foundation

It was a meaningful Sunday, more than 2,500 runners were seen running for a great cause. Kenny Rogers ROASTERS (KRR) contributed RM66,000 to Food Aid Foundation through its 11th ROASTERS Chicken Run (RCR) at Sunway Lagoon on 24th May 2015. 

Enthusiastic participants from all walks of life flooded the grounds of Sunway Lagoon as early as 6.30 am in the morning, followed by an energetic warm-up session together with the Celebrity Fitness team before they proceed with the run according to their respective categories.

Mr. Rick Chee (first from the right), Founder of Food Aid Foundation receives RM 66,000 from Dato’ Francis Lee (second from the left), Group Executive Director of Berjaya ROASTERS (M) Sdn Bhd; witnessed by Mr. Lee Siew Weng (first from the left), Senior General Manager of Berjaya ROASTERS (M) Sdn Bhd. 

Funds from the ROASTERS Chicken Run 2015 will be contributed to Food Aid Foundation through 2,000 sets of Kenny’s Chicken Meals to approximately 20 charitable homes for both the young and old. Meanwhile, the remaining funds will be utilized to purchase ingredients and groceries to other homes which are also supported by Food Aid Foundation.

Food Aid Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates as a food bank which provides basic food to charitable homes, rehabilitation centres, feeding centres, poor families and destitute.

To date, the ROASTERS Chicken Run has successfully raised more than RM600,000 for a variety of charitable organizations and homes such as Little Yellow Flower Foundation, Tabung Kebajikan Pesakit HUKM, Pediatric Unit HUKM (Oncology), Unit TUTUR – Aural Rehabilitation Centre for Hearing Impaired Children together with Yayasan Budi Peyayang Malaysia and House of Joy and Faith, Yayasan Sunbeams Home, Rumah Juara, Rumah Kanak-kanak Tengku Budriah, Rumah Sayangan, Malaysian National Kidney Foundation – Dialysis Treatment for the Young, Rumah Hope, Rumah Kebajikan Anbu Illam, Rumah Charis Ti-Ratana Welfare Society, and Tabung Kebajikan Pesakit PPUKM – Young Diabetic Patients.

The ROASTERS Chicken Run 2015 was made possible with the support from the co-organiser, Sunway Lagoon. Supporting partners who make this run possible also include Groupon, 100 Plus, BCard, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts, High 5, Celebrity Fitness, Unilever Food Solutions, Starbucks, Sports Toto, Salonpas and RockTape.

The ROASTERS Chicken Run is one of the many initiatives in the Kenny Rogers ROASTERS Community Chest Campaign, established in 2005 in aid of the less fortunate. For more information about Roasters Chicken Run, please visit www.krr.com.my

Easy-MBO Watch & Win Contest

Easy MBO Watch & Win Contest

Join Easy-MBO Watch and Win Contest from 1 May till 31 August 2015, you stand a chance to win a brand new Honda HRV 1.8L S. This is the latest collaboration between Easy by RHB and MBO Cinemas to show appreciation to all their loyal patrons. Every Friday, Easy Debit Cardholders get to enjoy the 1-for-1 movie ticket promotion at all MBO Cinemas valid till 30 April 2016.

There are just two simple steps – spend the minimal RM20 with the Easy Debit cards at any MBO Cinemas and earn at least 5 points to qualify for a chance to drive away the Honda HR-V.

To further reward Easy by RHB customers, they can also accumulate more points by simply applying for Easy-Cards, Easy-Loans, Easy-Savings through 279 outlets nationwide, or even by just using the Easy-Cards anywhere and anytime.

For more information about Easy-MBO Watch & Win Contest, please visit www.mbocinemas.com

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