Cover The '3 Graces of Malaysia' art exhibit by Alice Chang (Photo: Bonnie Yap Photography)

Fully vaccinated individuals can look forward to seeing art showcases in the Klang Valley this month, alongside several virtual events in celebration of Malaysia Day

This month will see the easing of restrictions and SOPs for Malaysia's arts and creative industries as outlined in Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan. An announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob this week confirmed that entertainment and arts sectors will be allowed to reopen to fully vaccinated individuals. 

Cinemas will officially reopen from September 9 onwards (subject to 50 per cent audience capacity and social distancing SOPs), along with theatres performances, comedy acts, art galleries, museums and showrooms, all of which must be limited to fully vaccinated individuals with an audience capacity of 30 per cent.   

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As the arts scene in Malaysia makes its long-awaited reunion with live audiences for the first time in months, catch these art shows, performances and live streaming sessions taking place this month.  

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3 Graces Art Showcase

An eye-catching display in the lobby of Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown, three sculptures by Malaysian artist and sculptor Alice Chang make up what she has dubbed the 3 Graces of Malaysia showcase. Part of the hotel's 'Celebrate Malaysia' campaign from now till September 30, and thereafter at Chang's art studio Lai Lai Art Studio in Ampang, the sculptures represent Malaysia's unity, diversity and determination in the face of the pandemic.

"They are Siti, Ah Lian and Shanti, and they represent new beginnings, rebirth and the continuity of life," says Chang, who reflected heavily on how families, livelihoods and the spirits of many were broken as a result of the pandemic. “With 3 Graces, I have used old, broken, discarded pieces of ceramic and tiles to rebuild something, and give it a new life.

"These are tough times and many artists have had our livelihoods halted. Working on 3 Graces was a way out for me from all this doom and gloom. It brought me hope. From broken and cracked objects, something beautiful was able to emerge." 

For more information about the exhibit, WhatsApp Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown at +6012-5073327. 

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TUNKU: The Musical

A week after its online premiere on Merdeka Day (August 31) on KLPac's YouTube channel, the archival recording of the 2007 performance of TUNKU: The Musical was met with overwhelming positive response from all over the world.As such, KLPac has decided to extend this free screening till midnight of September 12.

Directed by Joe Hasham, written by Lim Chuang Yik and Teng Ky-Gan, and starring Tony Eusoff, Maria Yasmin, Douglas Lim and more, TUNKU: The Musical  is musical adventure through 50 years of Malaysian history, from Independence to the year 2007, when it was first staged. It was streamed as part of KLPac's 'Watch From Home' series (WFH@klpac), a laudable effort to connect with and inspire audiences during lockdown.    

For more information, visit KLPac's Facebook page. Viewers who wish to make donations may do so here.

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I Am An Artist 1.0

Presented by Core Design Gallery, I Am An Artist 1.0 is a poignant collection of artwork by a young generation of Malaysian artists who struggle to make themselves seen and heard during the lockdown. Themed 'Landscape Abstraction', the group exhibition features stunning paintings by Aimman Hafizal, Badrulzzaman, Fadzril Fakaruddin, Hakim Zulkifli, Izzat Hamdan, Loqman Zainal, Nadzrin Haziq, Nazhan Fikri, Putra Nazri and Shahnaz Azlin.

For more details, call +603 5612 1168.   

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Sesi Kopi: An arts fundraiser

Organised by Penang Art District, this three-night Facebook Live fundraising event for the Performing Arts Centre of Penang will feature pre-recorded performances by local performing artists. Happening from September 17 - 19, the festival's line-up includes short plays, music performances, poetry readings and interactive chats with theatre and creative industry veterans from KLPac and The Rondo Production. There will also be an interactive session with Yeoh Soon Hin, Penang's State Exco for Tourism and Creative Economy.

    

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Aku Malaysia: A series of VOICES of Truth and Hope for Malaysia

Presented by CSO Platform for Reform, this nine-part video series launched on Merdeka Day will continue until September 16. It features a diverse line-up of speakers who will each share what it means to be Malaysian, overcome the nation's biggest hurdles, and move forward together in the spirit of unity and hope.

The list of speakers includes The Instant Café Theatre Company co-founder and creative director Jo Kukathas as well as AirAsia's Tan Sri Tony Fernandes. Look out for The Sutra Theatre's Datuk Ramli Ibrahim's segment to be streamed on YouTube on September 16. 

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