Nacho Ruiz’s “Meeting Point” is one of the art installations at this year’s Urbanscapes.

Bands, bands, bands. When it comes to music, this year’s Urbanscapes has hit further heights of ambition, with several international bands joining a stellar local line-up: Franz Ferdinand and Tegan and Sara will be headlining this weekend’s two-day festival at MAEPS, with other indie favourites including Efterklang and Two Door Cinema Club.

But let’s not forget that Urbanscapes is about more than music. This year, the creative arts festival is packed with other forms of entertainment, from visual art to experiences, installations, acrobatics and more. The 12-acre field at MAEPS will be divided into different zones for different moods: The Woods, The Commons, The Fields and End of the Road.

For the culture hungry, here are Poskod.MY’s picks of the best creative acts not to miss.

Kite flying is one of the experiences on offer at Market of Experiences.

Market of Experiences

Curated by designer Norman Teh, Market of Experiences turns the idea of consumer markets on its head. Instead of paying for clothes or food, festival-goers can sample ten different experiences. The range of experiences will tickle different senses and sensibilities. Among other things, you can try finding your sweetheart through fragrance with Linda Solay’s “Smell-a-Date”, borrow a book from Norman’s “Movable Library”, fly a kite with Alex Lee, get your portrait sketched by illustrator Hsulynn Pang or retrieve a story like candy from Joanne Chew’s “Dispensing Stories” dispenser.

Throughout the festival, The Woods.

Red Hong Yi x David Yeow x Cheryl Heap

Known for crafting portraits from everyday objects (a memorable example being Jay Chou’s face in coffee cup stains), artist Red Hong Yi will be creating a new structure during Urbanscapes in collaboration with fellow trained architects David Yeow and Cheryl Heap. There will also be other architectural wonders at Urbanscapes curated by the design collective ALLTHATISSOLID.

Throughout the festival, The Woods.

Kuah Jenhan will perform as part of the comedy line-up.

Comedy at the Time Out KL Comedy Belt

Fresh from a stadium performance at the Shout Awards, comedian Kuah Jenhan is one of the highlights of the comedy stage. Expect self-deprecating humour and musings on Malaysian absurdity. He’s joined by Jason Leong, Shamaine Othman, Andrew Netto, Fuzz and the Actorlympics team. Actorlympics is an action-packed, improvisation comedy troupe sure to appeal to “Whose line is it anyway?” fans.

Sunday 24 November, The Next Stage, The Field, 2.30pm – 6.30pm.

MIX Acrobats

Kakiseni is curating a portion of this year’s festival, and a highlight is the Taiwanese Mix Acrobatics Theatre troupe. The head of the troupe is Billy Chang, choreographer for Cirque Du Soleil, so prepare to be dazzled by spectacular stunts fused with music, dance, contemporary theatre, and juggling.

Saturday 23 November, The Next Stage, The Field, 8.45pm – 10.45pm

Sefa is part of Tongue Tied, a spoken word cabaret.

Tongue Tied

Presented by the Poetry Café and Kakiseni, this spoken word cabaret will collide words, music and good, old fashioned circus fun. Hosted by the enigmatic fortune teller Madam Matathiga, seven spoken word artists (Melizarani T.Selva, Sheena Baharudin, Mooza, Will Beale, Aether, Illya Sumanto and Elaine Foster) will perform with music and mime. They promise to be anything but tongue tied.

Saturday 23 November, The Next Stage, The Field, 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

The Ear That Hears

Don’t miss the chance to share your deepest secret with the Ear That Hears. Created by our sister campaign #BetterCities, a pair of giant ears will be positioned at the festival to record messages from festival-goers. Speak anonymously and get the weight of the world off your shoulders!

Throughout the festival, location TBC.

Light fantastic: Nacho Ruiz’s installation.

Nacho Ruiz

Spanish artist Nacho Ruiz will be unveiling an interactive art installation, “Puento de Encuentro” or “Meeting Point”. This immersive experience aims to accentuate social engagement not only with the art itself, but between visitors. Nacho Ruiz is known for crafting installations from fantastic structures of fibre optic light cables – so we’re looking forward to seeing what he creates for Urbanscapes.

Throughout the festival, The Woods.

Urbanscapes Festival runs from 23 – 24 November at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang. Buy your tickets here.