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Sime Darby’s arts festival is back and they’ve also pledged RM1.5 million to KLPAC

AFTER a successful run two years ago with 15,000 visitors and 350 different types of activities, the biennial Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival (YSDAF) returns bigger than ever. This year’s theme is Arts Education + The Future.

Catering to the theme, the teaser programme which began in May included Wayang Shakespeare Sekolah, an outreach programme in which students around the Klang Valley re-enacted Shakespeare through wayang kulit.

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Some of the designs for the YSDAF2016 Future Living design competition

Do you know that open field beside the lake gardens at KLPAC? The YSDAF 2016 Future Living Design Competition — held to generate ideas for a performance pavilion in the area — was won by The P.L.Y.‘s The Reflect-O which blends old and new design elements.

The festival will kick off with the Walk of Future Parade in collaboration with Saito College, to be held along Jalan Sultan Razlan Shah to KLPAC itself.

YSDAF 2016 will have a minimum of five activities to participate in at 17 different location around KLPAC. Yes, it’s going to be humongous with a total of 600 artists, performers, educators, crew and volunteers!

Also celebrating the spirit of education is mentor-mentee program Master + Murid where five different masters from five different field of arts (dance, jazz, butoh orchestra, conducting, and comedy) perform with their mentees during Gala Night.

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Blending the old and the new: The Four of Us and The Seasons Four will be performing at the Gala Night.

Two gala performances will be held on 20 – 21 August — 504 tickets will be available to be redeemed for Saturday’s performance while Sunday will be invitation-only.

When asked about the theme of this year’s YSDAF, Chairman of Yayasan Sime Darby, Tun Musa Hitam, responded warmly.

“Arts by itself has been perceived as a business of artists, performers but arts education involves not only them but us,” he claimed. “We must appreciate, we must participate, we must promote it ourselves. That is very much lacking for so many years in Malaysia.”

The relationship between Yayasan Sime Darby and KLPAC has been going strong since 2013. Acknowledging KLPAC’s efforts in nurturing appreciation for art, Yayasan Sime Darby chose to extend their financial assistance to KLPAC for another three years, promising a sum 0f RM1.5 million which will run until April 2019.

Excited for YSDAF 2016 this August but not sure about getting there? Fret not, there’s now a shuttle service back and forth from the nearest LRT and KTM stations. A shuttle service from the heart of Kuala Lumpur to KLPAC is also currently in the works. See you there!


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