After two brilliant runs from previous years, the biggest-free-for-all Malaysian Yayasan Sime Darby Art Festival returns for its third run at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center! With a bigger focus on inclusivity, the festival’s heartfelt theme “You + Me + The Arts” will be a splendid time for festival goers from February and will end with a 2-day finale spanning on the 18th and 19th of August 2018!
Known for presenting a fine ranges of performing arts shows, concerts, and a vibrant local arts scene- one can definitely expect the same amount of creativity and quality for this year too!
Recapping back to YSDAF 2016, the festival attracted over 15,000 participants over the course of the festival. Highlights of the festival included a concert, (with a line-up consisting of Golden Mammoth, Liyana Fizi, OAG, The Impatient Sisters, Azmyl Yunor and Nastia) the well-executed community outreach programme called Wayang Shakepeare Sekolah and over 100 activities ranging from workshops, performances, drum circles, art market, film screenings, exhibitions & installations! So.. what’s new?
A theme for everyone and anyone!
Well, YSDAF 2018’s theme of the year is.. you! The festival’s theme “You +Me + The Arts” goes deeper into understanding what the arts mean to people, and how our community affects the arts too!
In the pursuit of being more inclusive towards their audiences, YSDAF 2018 has taken the initiative to reach out to different communities, such as the disabled, the underprivileged, school communities and more! The social outreach that the festival is taken goes under it Community & Health pillar.
“This year’s theme, in particular, strikes a chord with us because we have had a long history of producing works on social issues and working with various NGOs. One such NGO is the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and we are delighted to be working with them once again for YSDAF 2018. Of course, all this would not happen without the support of YSD.” says Dato’ Faridah Merican, Executive Producer & Co-Founder of KLPAC.
“I dare say that this initiative also features the arts as an essential and necessary platform to advocate inclusion” – YSD Chairman Tun Musa Hitam.
Here’s what’s on the menu.. and more to come!
YSDAF 2018 will begin by launching a project called Pitch Start, that is an open call for project ideas from aspiring artists, collectives and more!
The festival team is sourcing out for an alternative to the traditional style of museums which will be specifically catered towards the visually and hearing impaired.
Artistes or art collectives are welcome to submit their ideas through mediums in the form of a touchable museum, a multi-sensory experience or installation by 15 March 2018– in which the winner will be awarded a fund up to RM20,000 and will have their piece unveiled as a highlight at the festival finale! The Pitch Start application forms can be downloaded from www.ysdartsfestival.com.my.
Other satellite activities include a crucial school outreach programme to educate young people about consent, a Speech and Drama outreach project for underprivileged children, a photography project highlighting the plight of the disabled and a singer-songwriter camp that will culminate in a showcase in May.
“Scale aside, what sets YSDAF apart is that it offers a highly engaging, interactive and feel-good festival experience for children through to adults. So, be sure to keep those dates free because the festival only happens once every two years.” – YSDAF 2018 team
As for the programme of the 2-day finale? … Stay tuned for more updates!