Kuala Lumpur Celebrates The Arts

KLIAF2017 returns to celebrate music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature.

Kuala Lumpur will once again turn into a stage for more than 50 local, regional and international artists across five genres this September for KL International Arts Festival (KLIAF) 2017.

The annual festival is back this year with colourful performances, educational workshops and a myriad of activities. Launched not more than two years ago, KLIAF is produced by DiverseCity, a non-profit organisation which strives to give equal opportunity to renowned artistes as well as budding talents, both local and international.

The festival is not to be missed by music enthusiasts as it features stages that host a wide variety of performances – from intimate solo instrumental performance to a 10-piece big band ensemble, from pre-Merdeka Malayan classics to cross-cultural fusion of Western jazz and South Asian instruments. Also, be awed by showcases of drums and percussion by a group of hearing-impaired youths.

A must-see musical act is the acclaimed Sachal Ensemble from Lahore, who have performed at various world-class arenas and is set to make their debut in Malaysia, performing recreations of songs by timeless icons such as Duke Ellington, The Beatles, Dave Brubeck, Henry Mancini and Richard Rodgers. Not forgetting their roots, the band will also be performing Pakistani folk songs.

On the other foot, dance performances at the festival include Entranced: An Evening with a Ghost, Boy Story and Che Malambo, an all-male group from Argentina, who is also featured as the cover picture.

KLIAF2017 has also added The Breath of Dragons and Bon Voyage!, and KL Shakespeare Player’s A Tale that Must be Told: Macbeth to the line-up for its younger visitors’ enjoyment. Wolfe Bowart returns with Letter’s End following its success at last year’s Festival. Bowart leads his audience through a dream-like journey down a magical memory lane by weaving together physical comedy, illusion, shadow puppetry and interactive film.


For those who love visual arts, you are also in for a treat. Get up close and personal with Yeoh Jin Leng, one of the key drivers in the development of art in Malaysia. The exhibition at the Edge Galerie will feature his works complemented by an exhibition of photographs by the late Sultan of Terengganu, Almarhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah. Additionally, ‘Ceritera,’ a photo exhibition which showcases South East Asia’s best image-makers and stories from Asean will take place at Ruang by Think City.

KLIAF2017 events will take place in over a dozen venues around Kuala Lumpur including Auditorium DBKL and Panggung Bandaraya, among others. The events are either ticketed or free, with the tickets being available for purchase here.

Find KLIAF2017 on Facebook here. For more information about the festival, visit www.DiverseCity.my or email info@diversecity.my.

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