Kakiseni Festival kicks off on 22 April, bringing art, theatre and music to the heart of the city centre for ten days of performances, parades and pageantry.
Most festival events take place in Pavilion shopping mall, where Kakiseni have set up a special Black Box theatre. International and Malaysian theatre groups and musicians will perform and give workshops, and there will also be a parade of puppets, dancing and drumming through Bukit Bintang.
Many of the events are free. Look out for art curated by Interpr8 around the shopping mall, as well as a special installation by our sister campaign, BetterCities, who are bringing their #WhileWeWait project to the festival. Kakiseni Festival culminates in the BOH Cameronian Awards on 1 May.
With so many events to choose from, where do you begin? Poskod.my picks a few highlights to help get you started…
Carlo Jacucci, a one-man storyteller, accordian-player and comedian, brings his show Vitamin to KL after critical acclaim at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (26, 28 & 29 April, Black Box, Pavilion).
The Pentas Project transports three plays by Samuel Beckett to our local tropics in Durian Beckett (26-28 April, Black Box, Pavilion).
Panggung Muzik, a project by The Wknd Sessions, “scores” scenes from classic and modern Malaysian films with music from local bands such as They Will Kill Us All and Tempered Metal (23 April, GSC, Pavilion).
A parade of circus troupes, puppet masters and drummers curls through Bukit Bintang, promising to be an unmissable family event and photo opportunity (28 April).
Acoustic musicians Az Samad and Irena Taib reinvent Disney’s repertoire in Az & Irena – The Wonderful World of Disney (23 April, The Street, Pavilion).
by Ling Low
For more information and the full festival calendar, check the Kakiseni Festival website.