Friday, July 5, 2013

Kuala Lumpur Festival

01 Jul 2013 – 31 Jul 2013

The Kuala Lumpur Festival is an annual event that celebrates the diversity of the dynamic Malaysian capital. The festival which was launched in 2006 usually kicks off at the beginning of July and lasts throughout the month. On offer during the festival month, is an exciting line-up of special activities and performances. These varied events and exhibits aim to promote unity amongst all Malaysians through a spirit of creativity.
This year’s festival starts off with energizing band performances at popular malls and shopping centers around KL like Sungei Wan Plaza, Festival City, Vivo Mall, Lot 10 and others. These free to the public band performances will be followed by events like the Kuala Lumpur Music Festival, to be held over the weekend of 6th and 7th July at the Panggung Bandaraya DBKL (DBKL City Theater). This music fest will feature local and international artists like Jeffrey Yong, Steve Thornton and Dylan Elise amongst others and will also be free for the public.
The KL festival schedule also features various dance performances like Dance 2013 by the Aswara Dance Company (3rd to 7th July at Aswara Experimental theater), Cultural and Holiday Dance Performances on various dates throughout the month at the popular tourist attraction of Central Market at Kasturi Walk. The Indian community of Kuala Lumpur will showcase their own dance forms through events like NirtyaSamarpanam, a Kuchipudi Dance presentation, Bharatha Natyam Arangetram concert and  Sharangathi, a  Bharatha Natyam/ Odissi Dance Concert. All these three events will be held at the Shantanand Auditorium of the Temple of Fine Arts in the Bricksfield Neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur.
In addition to these music and dance events, the festival also has on offer various Malay drama and  theater performances like Grey, Postcards from Rosa, Boeing Boeing,  Bumiputeras Lucky Lucky Son, Rashomon and others which are to be held on various dates in July at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center. Also included within the festival schedule are various martial arts performances like Silat, Wushu, Silambam and Taekwondo which showcase the traditional martial arts of Malaysia.
As the Kuala Lumpur Festival, coincides with the holy fasting month of Ramadan this year, the fest will also feature special Ramadan-themed events like the Bubur Lambuk Congee Cooking Competition to be held at the National Institute of Broadcasting and Information Abdul Razak or IPPTAR on the 24th of July. Bubur Lambuk is a rice porridge which is traditionally consumed as a breakfast meal during Ramadan. Other activities include a Ramadan Youth Camp to be held over the weekend of the 26th and 28th July at the National Mosque, a Islamic Fashion Display to be held on 20th, 21st and 28th July at the Sungei Wan Plaza, a Ramadan Spiritual concert and Nasyid competition scheduled for the July 28th at the DBKL City Theater.
The above mentioned events are just a few of the many festivities on offer during the KL festival 2013.  So if you plan to be in the Malaysian capital during the month of July, do make sure that you take in a few of the many enthralling cultural events on offer during the cultural extravaganza that is the Kuala Lumpur Festival.
Festival website-http://www.klfestival.org.my/

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