Saturday, August 13, 2016

Must-See Performances at DiverseCity 2016

From 31 August to 2 October 2016, Kuala Lumpur will be turned into the main festival hub of DiverseCity 2016 or the Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival. 

The second edition of the annual performing and visual arts festival – first launched in 2015 – showcases the rich and nuanced diversity of Malaysia and its close ties with the ASEAN community with performances, recitals, exhibitions and workshops covering performing arts, visual arts and literary arts. Featuring internationally critically acclaimed performers, DiverseCity 2016 offers something for the local art fans as well as visitors from abroad. Here are some of the shows you can catch during DiverseCity 2016:

The critically acclaimed King of Ghosts by British Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod Soumik Datta, brought to Kuala Lumpur for its Asian premiere, supported by the British Council and symphonic orchestral musicians from Malaysia. This breathtaking, unique cinematic collaboration was originally produced by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh Mela festival, and rising world music star Soumik Datta, who has worked with Beyonce, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh and Bill Bailey.
Date: 27-28 September 2016
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Auditorium DBKL

In olden times, the ancient gypsy tribes from Rajasthan, India celebrated the art of sharing tales through singing and dancing. These storytellers known as Kathakars travelled throughout Asia into the Middle East - sharing their art across foreign lands - creating a new amalgam that eventually became Flamenco. The specially commissioned Feet on Fire is a first-time collaboration between internationally renowned Flamenco maestro Antonio Vargas and leading Malaysian exponents of Indian Kathak dance and music.

Date: 3 - 4 September 2016
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Auditorium DBKL

Nari: The Shankar Family Project by Gingger Shankar embodies a moving tribute to Lakshmi Shankar and her daughter Viji, who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaborations with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. Now that they've passed away, Viji's daughter Gingger Shankar has decided to commemorate their lives with a unique multimedia project. Gingger is also the only woman in the world to have mastered the 10 string Double Violin.
Date: 31 August - 1 September 2016
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Auditorium DBKL

The award-winning and critically acclaimed LaLa Luna, is circus, theatre and film woven together with a poetic and comic physical language all its own. Beloved by audiences around the world, LaLaLuna is the joyful solo creation from one of today's masters of physical theatre, Wolfe Bowart. Children and adults alike will be awed and amazed by this child-friendly mime performance to be held in the heart of Kuala Lumpur itself.
Date: 10 - 11 September 2016
Time: 11am and 3pm
Venue: Auditorium DBKL

For the first time in Malaysia, a rare collection of Andy Warhol Polaroid’s of the world's biggest actors, artists and fashion designers from the 70s and 80s, will be on display during DiverseCity 2016. The brainchild of lawyer and art collector Ryan Su, founder of the Ryan Foundation, 'Andy Warhol: Social Circus' is the largest collection of Andy Warhol Polaroid’s to be shown in Malaysia and Asia.
Date: 02 - 19 September 2016 Time: 12:00PM - 9:00PM
Venue: Slate @ The Row, 50 Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur

For the first time ever, renowned Malaysian percussion ensemble Hands Percussion will be showcasing SYNTHESIS - A Repertoire of Resonance, a masterful collection showcasing brilliant musicality, merging cultures and innovation.
Date: 05 September 2016 Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

What better way to learn more about the history and culture of Malaysia than through Bangsawan, a traditional Malay opera or theatre brought to life in this collaboration with our National Department for Culture and Arts and City Hall, Kuala Lumpur. The story follows Malay warrior, "Panglima Awang" (Henry the Black) who was captured by the Portuguese during a battle in Malacca. The wise Panglima Awang was eventually appointed by Captain Maggalen as his assistant and saved Captain Maggalen numerous times from being killed.
Date: 23 - 25 September 2016 Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Auditorium DBKL, Menara DBKL 1, Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur

Toccata Studio's ambitious 5 year project "2020" is a multidisciplinary performance that is speculative in nature: utilising accessible science fiction concepts such as the relativity of time and the multi-verse theory, artists Ng Chor Guan and Steve Goh weave a compelling story of travelling within the currents of time
Date: 01 - 02 October 2016 Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Auditorium DBKL

The virtuosic Fidelio Trio are violinist Darragh Morgan, violin, cellist Adi Tal and pianist Mary Dullea, piano. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world. Grab this opportunity to watch them perform live in Kuala Lumpur at DiverseCity 2016.
Date: 25 September 2016 Time: 9:00pm (Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm)
Venue: No Black Tie

Originally Syair is an oral literature developed in the Malay Archipelago and closely associated with the Muslim society. Syair is a form of traditional Malay poetry that can be a narrative poem, a didactic poem, or a poem used to convey ideas on religion or philosophy, or even one to describe historical event. The texts of Syair usually contain best pieces of advice. Hence, the programme Syair Alam Melayu Nusantara is undeniably appealing and suitable to be the showcase to empower the characters of the humankind. Participations includes a book and Certificate of Participation)
Date: 10 September 2016 Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Auditorium DBP - Kuala Lumpur

Entry to many of the performances and shows will be free. Standard price tickets range from RM10 to RM200. From now until 15 August 2016, tickets with up to 33% discount per person are available for group purchases of at least four tickets for selected shows.

A limited number of deeply discounted tickets have been made available for certain performances for the following categories - on a first-come first-served basis: senior citizens, full-time students, refugee groups, special needs groups and registered charities. The pricing, the full programme line-up and further information on DiverseCity can be found on
-DiverseCity 2016.

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