Weekly Picks: Malaysia (29 Apr – 5 May 2019)

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


Pesta Playlet, at KongsiKL, 3–4 May

This non-profit and artist-run festival offers two days of workshops, forums, performances, found object exhibition and more. For the second day, events begin at 10am. Of note, the 6pm forum Malaysiana: On Creation, Criticism and The Performative Space In Between, as well as a few short performances beginning at 9pm.

If you’re driving to KongsiKL, there is parking available within the factory grounds — drive up to the gate and wait for it to be opened (or, DIY).

Free admission for all activities, excluding workshops. More info here.


Baloh! Poetry Debate, at Twenty20two, 4 May, 5–6:30pm

A poetry performance in debate format. Two teams of debaters take on the question of whether it is better to have love and lost, or never have loved at all. The poets for the night are Kimchi Lai, Chloe Ling, Jasmine Qistina and Yusintha Zemira.

Part of IMPACT — Two Day Event Jam. Admission for one performance is RM12, ticket prices vary in combination with other events. More info here.


The Selangor Journal: Jottings Past & Present, at ILHAM Gallery, 4 May, 3–5pm

Writer and presenter Kam Raslan along with art historian Simon Soon discuss the Selangor Journal, a fortnightly newssheet published for the European community in Kuala Lumpur from 1893–1897.  Set aside time to see the Chia Yu Chian: Private Lives exhibition in the gallery while you’re there.

More info here.


TEATER KOMPILASI BILIK SEMPIT VOL.3, at Revolution Stage, 1–5 May, 9pm

A collection of 5 short plays, performed in Revolution Stage’s indie theatre space. The theme for all five stories revolve around love. Performances will be in Malay.

Admission is RM25. Ticket reservations available on WhatsApp 019 603 1262. Revolution Stage Instagram here.


TRDO ACT5: APP (A Perfect Person), at DPAC, 3–4 May, 8pm

TRDOco (The Royal Dance Off) of Singapore presents a new immersive contemporary dance show exploring human nature through the eyes of social media. In the world of APPs, what makes A Perfect Person?

Tickets are RM58. Trailer here. More info here.


The Singing Balcony — Opera Edition, at The Zhongshan Building, 5 May, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm

Soprano Stephanie Wong, accompanied by Kenneth Teh on piano, bring to the audience an aria from Opera Turandot (Puccini) and 我爱你,塞北的雪, a song of love and Northern China. Audience members are invited to speak with the performers at their studio after each performance.

Free admission. More info here.


Tingtongketz, at Merdekarya, 1 May, 9:30pm

Queer folk punk band Tingtongketz take the stage at indie music space Merdekarya for May Day. Good place to chill in a queer-friendly night with RM10 drinks all night long.

RM20 cover charge. More info here.


Book Launch & Forum on ‘Minorities Matter’, at Alliance Francaise, 4 May, 7–9pm

A panel of scholars look at contemporary Malaysian politics and society through the lens of those left out of the national narrative. Learn more about the panellists’ research, as well as the broader question of the rights and political role of minorities in Malaysia.

Admission is free but RSVP is required. More info on panellists and their expertise here.

Note: All information is correct at the time of publication. Please confirm directly with the organisers/event websites. ArtsEquator is not responsible for any changes to the schedule of events. If you have an event you’d like us to highlight, please email events[at]artsequator.com.

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