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Sarawak’s Great Success At WOMEX

Sarawak’s Great Success At WOMEX

Kuching, Tuesday – Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and their representatives attended this year’s World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Poland with great success on October 25 to 29 to promote Sarawak’s trademark event, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).

Attending this 23rd edition of WOMEX were STB Director of Events Angelina Bateman, Event Manager Sarren Michael and the RWMF Artistic Director Jun Lin Yeoh, promoting the RWMF among the international crowd.

“Sarawak’s unique culture and music truly shone during WOMEX, supporting the fact that there is no better destination for an event celebrating the uniqueness of world music from many different lands than Sarawak and the Rainforest World Music Festival,” said Angelina.

Also attending the Expo local musician and artist Alena Murang and musician Eldrick Udos or ‘Bob’ from the band At Adau, both of whom have performed at the RWMF and are impassioned supporters of maintaining and passing on the Bornean cultural heritage.

They participated in WOMEX with the objective of promoting Sarawak’s cultural music as well as their own brand, while networking with the attending key players in the World Music industry.

“This is a big step that has been given to us from At Adau and mainly Sarawak to build the bridge across the world to help achieve our objective of enlightening the world about the beauty and uniqueness of Sarawakian music, arts and culture,” Bob expressed after participating in the Expo.

Bob also expressed excitement over his opportunity to discuss strategies and future prospects with some big names in world music such as Derek Andrews, Artistic Director of Mundial Montreal and Indigenous Music, Canada,  Kaushik Dutta, CEO/Artistic Director of Song of Soul Festival in Kolkata, India and Mr Alejandro Orellana, Programmer and Coordinator of WOMAD The World’s Festival, Chile.

During this Expo, Angelina Bateman alongside Alena and Bob were interviewed by Drago Vovk of Radio Sraka, one of the most popular radio station broadcasting from Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

The 21st edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival will take place next year on July 13 to 15, at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

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From the right, Angelina Bateman, Bob, Alena Murang and Drago of Radio Sraka during the interview at the booth.

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MELAKA FESTIVAL 2012 A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Melaka Art and Performance Festival 2012 a resounding success

Appiah Annan from Ghana performing Sankofa / Photo from melakafestival.com

Sep 28, 2012

MELAKA, Malaysia – The largest and only site specific art and performance festival on a UNESCO World Heritage site ended on a high note today as artists and performers celebrated a successful three-day festival. From September 21-23, Melaka was filled with art installations and performances by more than 50 renowned local and international artists.

Artists from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, France, Ghana, South Korea, Ireland, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, Morocco, Canada, Poland, and the USA performed in the streets along St. Paul’s Hill where the asphalt became their canvas.

Running for the fourth year, the Melaka Arts and Performance Festival (MAPFest) is an innovative contemporary festival featuring dance, performance art, visual art, film, and music. The closing of the festival culminated in the gathering of all MAPFest artists and performers as they performed “Eulogy for The Living,” a large-scale performance, which provided a spectacular and soulful finale to the festival. The play was directed by the Founding Creative Director, Tony Yap, accompanied by live music and projections by Khaled Sabsabi.

“We were overwhelmed by the response throughout the festival. These three days has truly shown that Melaka has the potential to be an international hub for arts and performances. We are definitely looking forward for a bigger and better festival next year,” said Andrew Ching, Founder and Producer of the Festival.

As a supporter of the festival, the Malaysia Convention Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) shares the same vision. Zulkefli Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of MyCEB, said, “Our collaboration with MAPFest this year is a successful one as it proves that Malaysia can be a center stage for global events. Melaka, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the ideal venue to host such an inspiring showcase of the arts.”

The event attracted over 20,000 attendees, including an estimated 4,000 overseas visitors. Festival goers participated in a dance workshop by Australia’s leading Afrocontemporary dance practitioner, Appiah Annan of Asanti Dance Theatre, as he introduced traditional and contemporary approaches to dance from his motherland, Ghana.

Many people also took part in a forum discussion themed, “Melaka intersections: Living space/museum town” by Associate Professor Cheryl Stock, Director of Postgraduate Studies Creative Industries Faculty of the Queensland University of Technology.

MAPFest 2012 was directed by Tony Yap, in his capacity as the Founding Creative Director. He was one of the principle performers with IRAA Theatre (1989-1996) and has worked extensively in Australia and overseas including the Agamemnon Festival Colline Torinese, Italy, and The Trojan Woman, Vienna International Art Festival. As the founding Artistic Director of Mixed Company (now The Tony Yap Company) in 1993, he has made a commitment to the exploration and creation of an individual dance theatre language that is informed by psycho-physical research, Asian shamanistic trance dance, butoh, voice, and visual design.

MAPFest 2012 is produced by Arts Performance Festival Melaka Sdn Bhd and is supported by Tourism Malaysia, the Melaka State government, together with the efforts of E-Plus Entertainment, Mercatus Plus Malaysia, Badan Warisan Malaysia, Kingdom of the Netherlands, the French and The Netherlands Embassies, the Australian government, the Australian High Commission, Australia Malaysia Institute, Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Embassy of France, The Tony Yap Company, Nyoba Kan, Simone Lourey, and William Randall.

Source: melakafestival.com

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MELAKA FEST STARTS TOMORROW

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Taking arts to Malacca streets

THE largest and only site specific art and performance festival on a Unesco heritage site returns to Malacca for the fourth time from tomorrow to Sunday.

The Mapfest 2012 team

The Melaka Art And Performance Festival or Mapfest 2012, held daily at 10am, has performances by more than 50 local and international artistes from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, France, Ghana, South Korea, Ireland, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, Morocco, Canada, Poland and the United States.
They will perform on the streets along St Paul’s Hill and the asphalt will become their canvas.

Mapfest 2012 draws from Malacca’s famous heritage sites to create a space for contemporary culture and artistic practice. It will have components such as Cerita Pendek (Short Stories) 1 and 2, visual arts, discussions and workshops.
Cerita Pendek brings together dance, music and performances from all participating artistes in short works over two nights at St Paul’s Church.

On Sunday night, they will all perform Eulogy For The Living, a spectacular finale directed by Tony Yap and accompanied by live music, and projections by Khaled Sabsabi.
Producer Andrew Ching says: “The festival provides an avenue for up-coming performers to showcase their talents and collaborate with international artistes.”

Festival supporter the Malaysia Convention And Exhibition Bureau chief executive officer Zulkefli Sharif says that as a heritage site, Malacca has always been a popular tourist attraction and the festival enhances its offerings.

 
The event is set to attract more than 4,000 international attendees who can join a dance workshop by Australia’s leading dancer Appiah Annan of Asanti Dance Theatre who will introduce traditional and contemporary approaches to dance from his motherland, Ghana.

Mapfest 2012 is produced by Arts And Performance Festival Melaka and is supported by the Tourism Ministry, E-Plus Entertainment, Mercatus Plus, Badan Warisan Malaysia and the governments of the Netherlands, Australia and France among others.

Admission is free.

Details at www.melakafestival.com.
 

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European Union Film Festival 2011

November 16, 2011 during 2:00 pm

Lovers of European films, do take note as a European Union Film Festival is usually around a corner. Organised by a Embassy of a Republic of Poland, this eventuality is now in a 12th year and is an annual eventuality directed as showcasing a collection of films that pull on a abounding and different talents of European film makers. These cinema not usually arrangement a informative birthright of European films, they also foster a informative birthright of Europe’s superb film industry.

Some of a films that are scheduled to play embody classics like Oliver Twist

The festival is now going on during several cinemas in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya until a 20th Nov before relocating on to Penang from 24th compartment 30th Nov 2011. This year, a festival will underline over 15 of a best general European films from countries like Poland, Denmark, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Norway, Belgium and Italy. Some of a films that are scheduled to play embody classics like Oliver Twist and Great Expectations; comedies like If we Have To Be Honest and Tandoori Love. The participating cinemas in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya are GSC Mid Valley Megamall, GSC 1 Utama and GSC Pavilion, since GSC Gurney Plaza will be a cinema to go to if we would like to locate a movies.

Tickets are labelled during RM 5 any solely for ‘Cell 211?, that is free. Tickets for ‘Cell 211? can usually be redeemed on a same day of screening. All cinema will be screened in their strange denunciation with English subtitles. For a full report of film listing, greatfully record on here or impute to all GSC cinema listings in vital newspapers.

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Kuala Lumpur Tower International Jump Malaysia 2011

October 21, 2011 during 12:00 pm

BASE (Building, Antenna, Span, Earth) jumpers all around a universe were given another eventuality recently to come together and do a one thing that they adore many – jumping off dizzying heights with usually a parachute to check their tumble as sobriety takes over. This prestigious eventuality organized by a Kuala Lumpur Tower took place from a 28th Sep compartment 2nd Oct 2011.

All jumpers posing for a organisation print during a opening rite on 28th Sep 2011

This time, a building became a ‘leaping point’ as 93 jumpers from all over a universe including Malaysia participated in this sparkling event. Considering a high risk concerned in this impassioned sport, it is not odd for many to assume that women are not into impassioned sports. It was therefore startling to hear that out of a 93 people who participated, 5 were women jumpers. The participants who assimilated this eventuality came from countries like Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, Finland, United States, India, Malaysia, Canada, Japan, Oslo, Chile, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, France and Poland. The 5 women participants were from India, a United States, Hungary, Germany and South Africa. The eventuality was also done open to members of a open who were penetrating to come and watch a jumpers in action. Tickets were sole during a premier rate of RM 100.00 to RM 150.00 for day jumps and RM 150.00 to RM 200.00 for Night Jumps, that took place on 30th Sep and 1st Oct 2011.

One of a jumpers on his approach to a alighting area

It is extraordinary to see these jumpers leaping off a height during a heights of 300 metres!

Some jumpers rehearse a approach to burst off a building before indeed jumping off with their friends

The shutting rite for a Kuala Lumpur Tower International Jump Malaysia 2011, that took place on 2nd Oct 2011, coincided with a tower’s 15th years anniversary, hence it was a double jubilee for both a jumpers and a tower’s management. The building was strictly launched by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on 1st Oct 1996, who was a stream Prime Minister of Malaysia during that time. The eventuality was hold during a Megaview Banquet Hall during Menara Kuala Lumpur. It was attended by YB Datuk M. Saravanan, Deputy Minister Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing, Yg Bhg Tan Sri Dato’ Ir. Muhammad Radzi Mansor, Chairman of Menara Kuala Lumpur and Pn. Zuraidah Mohd Said, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Menara Kuala Lumpur.

YB Datuk M. Saravanan, Deputy Minister Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing presenting a Certificate of Participation to Mr Gary Cunningham

The shutting eventuality also valid to be a noted day for 21 youths who common a same birthday as Menara Kuala Lumpur. Their participation done a rite even some-more merrier as these youths assimilated in during a cake-cutting ceremony. A present was also presented to all a birthday boys and girls, many to their delight. It really was a noted birthday for them. After a informative performances, a jumpers were all invited to a theatre to accept their certificates from Kuala Lumpur Tower. Pn. Zuraidah also announced a dates for subsequent year’s Kuala Lumpur Tower International Jump Malaysia, that will be holding place from a 26th compartment 30th Sep 2012. This is truly a good eventuality for many jumpers to mangle their possess annals as subsequent year they will have 5 whole days to burst to their hearts’ delight!

The cake slicing rite to applaud Menara Kuala Lumpur’s anniversary together with a birthday of Menara Kuala Lumpur Youths

There were also 5 special prizes prepared by Menara Kuala Lumpur together with one of a categorical sponsors, World of Watches II for 5 of a jumpers. The winners any perceived a watch from World of Watches II value RM5, 000 each. The categories were:-

The Overall Jump
Most Jumps of a Day
Most Creative Jump
WWII Jumper (International Ambassador), and
WWII Jumper (Local Ambassador).

The winners were:

The Overall Jump – Jean-Phillipe Teffaud
Most Jumps for a Day – Adam Gardner
Most Creative Jump – Rob Heron from Canada
WWII Jumper (International Ambassador) – Brandon J Chance AND
WWII Jumper (Local Ambassador) – Hizam Sahibudeen

Winner of Most Creative Jumper, Mr Rob Heron from Canada

Winner of Most Jumps of a Day Category, Mr Adam Gardner

Winner of Overall Jumps Category, Mr Jean-Phillipe Teffaud

Winner of WWII Jumper Local Ambassador, Mr Hizam Sahibudeen

Winner of WWII Jumper International Ambassador, Mr Brandon J Chance

As a shutting rite came to an end, many of a jumpers took a eventuality to association around with any other. Some even assimilated in a informative dancers’ performance. All in all, a KL Tower International Jump Malaysia 2011 had a good start and finished with a good bang.

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