URBANSCAPES 2018

No introduction necessary. The highly anticipated annual Urbanscapes Festival is here and I can only imagine why the hype is constantly expanding. Happening over 3 weekends across multiple hotspots in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the festival unites an array of local creative communities ranging from music, design, film, the arts, and other creative mediums together to showcase their respective works in a collaborative space. This is true to their beliefs, that great things happen when people come together and it is evident considering the number of cool photographs from this festival flooding social media as of today.

This year, the organisers of Urbanscapes 2018 hosted various international acts alongside up-and-coming local artists such as Khalid, Boy Pablo, Wolf Alice, Lost Spaces, Alextbh, and many more. However, other than Khalid gracing us with his 5-time Grammy nominated anthem of ‘Young, Dumb and Broke’, one of the main highlights is undeniably the Urbanscapes House. Just a 5-minute walk from the busy streets of Pasar Seni, home to an array of art installations, exhibitions, and workshops is where you can dive into a realm, intricately designed by local creative geniuses.

With unique variations of art displays spread throughout the hub, there is bound to be something that will catch your attention if you aren’t already filled with sheer excitement upon walking in to the lounge. Installations at the basement, Immersio 2.0 is a really fun place to explore as it offers visitors an immersive multi-sensory experience through the interplay of audio and visual elements. The first floor is a visual arts exhibition, #ReimagineUs where artists rediscover, reimagine, and recreate the city of Kuala Lumpur by presenting their interpretations of 9 alternative realities in 9 rooms.

Moving up to the next floor, LIVE WIRE is a curated interactive space in collaboration with final year students from Multimedia University and the floor above it is a space by The Picha Project called This is Home. This floor is an experiential exhibition that invites visitors to virtually journey through the life of refugees before arriving on Malaysian soil and how home in Kuala Lumpur is like now. This is to promote a healthier understanding and awareness among the public towards this global humanitarian crisis. Finally, on the fifth floor, Kota Wayang is where you will be able to experience Kuala Lumpur through the cinematic lens of some of Malaysia’s best film directors from different perspectives and attend Q&A sessions too.

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