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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (1-7 Apr 2019)

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For events in Penang this week, go to the Penang Free Sheet.


MAP Fest 2019, at Publika, 30 Mar – 14 Apr

This 9th annual arts and cultural festival takes place over 3 weekends in Publika, with a variety of arts and cultural activities.

Of note in the second week are the music performances. Bookmark Music & Imagery at The Bee! The gig features singer-songwriter Anna Chong, indie fave The Impatient Sisters, and the debut of Akinou — a new band by Melina William of Tempered Mental and Michelle Lee of Froya.

There is also Singer-Songwriter Round #2, featuring Beverly Matujal, Amrita Soon, Hameer Zawawi, and Azmyl Yunor. Wani Ardy & WIDYA will continue their book tour for The Art of Letting Go(d) with a stop in this festival.

Festival events listed here have no admission charge, but other events (especially workshops) may be ticketed. More info here.

 

Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2019, at Putra World Trade Centre, 29 Mar – 7 Apr, 10am–9pm

All the local literary publishers you know (and many, many more you don’t) will be setting up booths at this massive annual book fair. There will be literary events held throughout the festival, you can see the schedule here (events will be in Malay). Look out for crowd favourites Fixi and Gerakbudaya, but also think of this as an opportunity to learn about more publishers.

Organisers request that visitors remember to bring their own reusable bags to reduce plastic consumption. Admission is free. More info here.

 

Imaging Music, at RAW Art Space, 4 Apr, 8:30pm

A monthly series of live improvisation performances between visual artists and musicians, this edition features two visual artists (Choo Ai Xin and Choo Yan Xin) playing with saxophonists Chung Ping Wei and Yong Yandsen.

Admission by suggested donation of RM20 (students RM15). More info here.

 

Eudaimonia, at ZHAN, 6–20 Apr

The first solo exhibition by artist Nawwar Shukriah Ali, better known as Bono Stellar. This exhibition showcases a diverse body of work, comprising drawings, installations and photography. Expect bright colours, reflective materials and geometric shapes in kinetic art and more. This show is in Klang Valley’s newest gallery, and other artists in the space are Kelvin Low, Ping Irvin and Ma Min Kun.

Admission is free. More info here.

 

Paris by Loránt Deutsch, at DPAC, 5–6 Apr, 8:30pm

Renowned French actor and writer Lorànt Deutsch presents an interactive show where audience members embark on a lively tour of Paris, full of anecdotes and unexpected details. This performance is part of Le French Festival.

Tickets are RM60. More info here.

 

CounterCartographies Reading — Desire Lines as Earthly Offerings, at Malaysia Design Archive, 4 Apr, 8–10:30pm

This monthly reading group will take on Matther Tiessen’s Accepting Invitations: Desire Lines as Earthly Offerings (available for download here). Discussions will explore the idea of desire lines in architecture and urban planning, as well as a product of a natural environment that desires us.

Admission is free. More info here.

 

An Afternoon Of Opera, at ILHAM Gallery, 6 Apr, 3pm

Soprano Khairunnisa Diyana Md Noor performs opera music from the Baroque to Romantic periods, including arias by Handel and Mozart. Make some time to see the current exhibition in the gallery, Chia Yu Chian: Private Lives, while you’re there.

More info here.
Image courtesy of ILHAM Gallery.

 

Cultural Expression, Strategies and Skylights in Airports, at Malaysia Design Archive, 6 Apr, 4–6pm

A talk by Siti Norzaini Zainal Abidin, presenting case studies to attempt a comparison between similar airports to contrast the significance of cultural intentions. Dive into the esoteric world of innovative airport roof structures, typically the arena where cultural and climatic influences in design interact.

Admission is free. More info here.
Image credit: The construction of the KLIA by Hanif Kara. © Aga Khan Award for Architecture.


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