Cover KLoud Fest will feature prominent thespians and artists in Malaysia

Presented by DiverseCity and Liver & Lung Productions, this digital arts festival will stream film, music and comedy experiences, including Southeast Asia's first Tik-Tok musical, Nasi Lemak

Here's some good news for theatre aficionados, music lovers and comedy fans: this month marks the launch of the inaugural KLoud Fest 2021, presented by award-winning theatre company Liver & Lung Productions and renowned arts NGO DiverseCity (of KL International Arts Festival fame). 

The two-day digital festival from March 19 - 20, 2021 will feature a rich programme of film, music and comedy experiences by local performers, comedians, content creators and TikTok stars. They include Instant Cafe Theatre co-founder Jo Kukathas, actress Putrina Rafie, comedians Hannan Azlan, Mad Sabah and Kuah Jenhan, along with Amsyar Lee, Clinton Jerome Chua and more.        

Backed by MyCreative Ventures and Penjana, the digital festival is a great platform for local artists and performers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and lockdowns.

"As arts practitioners, we are adaptable to change but we cannot easily pivot away to other jobs," says DiverseCity founder Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar. "We need encouragement to continue rehearsing, training, creating and being imaginative. We hope the government will continue supporting the creative economy by providing opportunities for this ecosystem towards the development of our collective well-being." 

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What can viewers expect from KLoud Fest 2021's eclectic programme? There's Southeast Asia's first ever Tik-Tok musical, Nasi Lemak, which will feature original songs, dance moves and hilarious antics from rising Malaysian TikTok stars, all inspired by the nation's favourite breakfast dish.

Look out also for Badrish & The Beatles: A Music Film and Happy Hour: A Virtual Comedy Variety Show. Football fans will enjoy Eye on the Ball, an eye-opening documentary Malaysia's national para-football team and their ASEAN para-games experience.

The festival will also feature a series of masterclasses hosted by Putrina Rafie, Jo Kukathas, photographer Daniel Adams and make-up artist Hammada Bamadhaj, who was named NYX Malaysia’s FACE Awards Reigning Artist of The Year. 

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Above Video: KLoud Fest 2021

Tickets are available online from RM15 to view the performances which will be livestreamed via KLoud Fest's website. Festival passes are on sale at RM75 for full access to all the programmes and virtual events in the line-up.   

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