Friday, July 5, 2013

1Malaysia Contemporary Arts Tourism Festival

02 Jul 2013 – 30 Sep 2013
Calling all art lovers! If you have a passion for contemporary art, then you can’t afford to miss out on Malaysia’s three month long celebration of arts, the 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival or 1MCAT. This event which usually rolls out on the 1st of July each year, seeks to provide a unique platform for both established and emerging Malaysian artists to showcase their talents.
During the course of the festival, art exhibitions, seminars, auctions, installations and various other programs are held at art galleries and other venues around the country. The main goal of the festival is to generate and create awareness for Malaysian art, so that it has a greater reach within and beyond the country’s borders. The 2013 edition of the festival is yet again being organized by the government agency, Tourism Malaysia.
Tourism Malaysia’s support has been vital to the hosting of this contemporary arts festival during recent years. The successful staging of the festival has launched the careers of many new artists while established artists have also been able to reach a wider audience while participating in the festival. Tourism Malaysia, additionally hopes to attract more tourists to Malaysian shores by way of this arts festival, for the festival usually features much distinctive Malaysian art and thus provides an ideal vehicle to showcase Malaysian art and culture.
The festival which features collaboration between art galleries, museums, state governments, embassies, NGOs, educational agencies and the private sector also seeks to establish Malaysia as regional hub for contemporary art. The 2013 event is the fourth edition of the festival and this  contemporary arts extravaganza is also set to feature works of prominent artists like Suhaimi Fadzir, Yap Kim Boon, Khalil Ibrahim, Umibaizurah Mahir, Suzlee Ibrahim, Ivan Lam, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Anurendra Jegadeva and Yee I-Lann, amongst others.
The 1Malaysia Contemporary Arts Tourism Festival hopes to attract more than 40,000 visitors this year.

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