The first ever DPac Arts Festival kicks off from 3 April until the end of the month, celebrating the diversity of Malaysian culture with art exhibitions, theatre and dance. Inviting you to “main, makan, minum”, the programme features some unmissable performances and an artisanal food market every weekend in April.

Themed “Amboi! Baba meets Nynonya”, the festival is inspired by the meeting of cultures and hybrid encounters. It’s set to be a great showcase for Damansara Perdana’s recently opened theatre. Here’s what you can expect:

Emily of Emerald Hill

17 – 20 April and 24 – 26 April, 8.30pm; 27 April, 3pm. Price: RM58 (students), RM68, RM88.

This much-performed play, first staged in Seremban in 1984, will bring veteran theatre actor Pearlly Chua into the title role again – with the final show marking her 200th performance of Stella Kon’s play about a Nyonya matriarch.

2 Minute Solos

12 – 13 April, 3pm & 8.30pm. Price: RM38.

After a successful run at Five Arts Centre last year, the intriguingly eclectic performance piece produced by Marion d’Cruz returns with a new cast and new set of directors. Each director and performer takes charge of a space within DPac and conceives a two minute solo for that space. Performers include Fahmi Fadzil, Ivy Josiah and Marina Mahathir.

Main Wayang: Hikayat Sang Kancil

19 – 20 April, 3pm and 8.30pm. Price: RM38

Multimedia artist Fairuz Sulaiman directs a performance docu-drama that blends VJ-ing, music and puppetry. The play examines the folklore character of Sang Kancil by confronting old media with new.

Kuah Jenhan: Good, Bad, Nasty!

26 – 27 April, 3.00pm; 8.30pm. Price: RM38.

Has Malaysia’s “nice boy” of comedy finally gone bad? Comedian Kuah Jenhan returns to the stage with a solo show, now with added facial hair and tales of depravity. Find out if he has managed to get beyond First Base with the ladies.

Strait Ahead Exhibition

3 – 27 April, 11am – 9pm. Free admission. 

Niki Cheong curates an exhibition that asks what modern Peranakan artifacts might be like if unearthed today. Working with a range of artists, the resulting artworks are a mix of photography, video and sound which play with the idea of fusion and adaptation.

Baba Nyonya in Dream

3 – 27 April (Daily) 11am – 9pm. Free admission.

An interactive exhibition, Baby Nyonya in Dream is created by artist and choreographer Lee Swee Keong, who is known for performances with high attention to visual details and effects. Swee Keong is the founder of Nyoba Kan, Malaysia’s only Butoh dance company.

Damansara Performing Arts Centre, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, 47820 PJ.