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KL International Arts Festival

The KL International Arts Festival is a month-long festival celebrating the many arts of our nation through theatre, music, dance, literature, and visual art. Held throughout the month of September in KL, the event brings together art lovers from all walks of life.

Here are some of the highlights:

Cloud Soup by Wolfe Bowart


Performed by renowned physical theatre performer Wolfe Bowart, Cloud Soup tells the tale of a tailor who discovers adventure lying at his feet, quite literally, in his pile of dirty laundry. The tailor’s humble shop is then transformed into an undiscovered world of magical morphs.

Wolfe Bowart himself is a true artist, for he has performed well even without words, and has enchanted audiences in 22 countries around the world.

Humans of KL ‘Stories from Malaysia’ Photostory Exhibition


The popular site Humans of KL briefly documents the lives of people in KL. Their belief is that everyone, no matter where they’re from, how they grew up, or what they are today, has a story that’s just waiting to be featured to the world. From a platform that shares narratives, they have now evolved into a social advocacy platform that influences, empowers, as well as educates Malaysians on important issues.

The exhibition features 35 stories that have never been exhibited, showcasing unique, diverse Malaysians of various backgrounds and themes.

I am Ravana


Based on the timeless Indian epic, The Ramayana, I am Ravana is a visual feast of dance, song, and drama. It tells the story of Rama and his wife Sita, who was kidnapped by King Ravana, a tale that has been performed for over 2000 years.

I am Ravana re-imagines the story in a beautiful choreography, and it explores the shades of grey in Ravana’s motivation and desire in his quest for meaning, purpose, and fulfilment.

Akram Khan’s “Giselle”


This is a tribute to those who appreciates the fine artistry behind the graceful dance that is the ballet. For the first time in 2018, ballet fans of Malaysia are bestowed with the opportunity to watch this award-winning production in stunning high definition on the big screen.

Giselle is a tale of tragic love, where in the first act, Giselle is betrayed by the lies of a betrothed nobleman hoping to seek her love and dies of frailty. The second act presents her as part of the Willis, ghosts that captures men into a deadly dance to the death, where she saves the nobleman’s life through the true love that exist between them.

Makyong: Anak Raja Tangkai Hati


Makyong is a local legend that is recognised as an “Intangible Heritage” by UNESCO in 2005, and has been actively performed by an 18-member Makyong group. It’s a story of a prince who sailed out to find knowledge and experience.

Along his journey, an Ogre princess who disguised herself as a beautiful woman made him promise to marry her, but he then broke the promise when he married another princess. Angered, the Ogre princess tried to seek revenge, but was defeated.

For more activities and information on the KL International Arts Festival, visit their official website: https://www.diversecity.my/

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