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'Art In The City' Is Back To Liven Up Kuala Lumpur This October

Come for an art-filled month throughout the city!

'Art In The City' Is Back To Liven Up Kuala Lumpur This October
The second half of October is going to be an art-filled month with Art In The City (AITC).

As part of the continuous effort to raise awareness on the vibrant arts and culture scene in Malaysia, while making art more accessible to the public, CENDANA and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) are bringing back the second edition of AITC with a slew of exciting programmes and activities.

Themed 'I heART KL', AITC 2019 is taking place on 18 to 27 October, featuring art installations by local artists, video competition, public art forum, workshops, and more to celebrate the diversity, creativity and imagination of Malaysians.

Here are some of the headline programmes to look out for:

Public Sculpture and Installation Programme

Following an open call for public art in June, the selected artists are Filamen, Joshua Teo and Pamela Tan, who will be putting up site-specific art installations. There will also be workshops conducted by the artists during their commission period. You can view their artwork along the River of Life from 18 October all the way till February next year.

'I heART KL' Video Competition

With a goal to celebrate the multitude of creativity, CENDANA launched a video competition to invite Malaysians to present an interesting narrative of what makes Kuala Lumpur unique through the lens of arts and culture. A total of eight entries have been selected for the public to vote on CENDANA's Facebook page. The winner will win attractive cash prizes and enjoy special screening sessions at the Lucky Pao Market on 19 October.

Lucky Pao Market

Jalan Raja will be transformed into a creative marketplace this 19 October from 5pm to 11pm to bring the historic landscape of Kuala Lumpur to life with surprises, feel-good moments and unforgettable experiences for the public. Lucky Pao is a gathering of artisans featuring local crafts, creations, artworks, as well as performances by local musicians like Kyoto Protocol, Johny Comes Lately, Bizhu and The Nadir Music Collective, in addition to community activations. On top of that, there will also be street markets full of local delicacies.

Check out the workshop happening at Panggung Rakyat.
Time, Place and Challenges: A Public Art Forum

This forum and workshop will discuss the role of arts and culture in public spaces to share the best practices and experiences within the country, regionally and internationally. The forum happening on 20 October from 10am to 5pm will feature Nani Kahar, Dr Rosli Zakaria, Tetawowe Atelier, Aisyah Baharuddin, Lim Soo Ngee (Singapore), Ahmad Khairudin (Indonesia), Snow Ng and moderated by Pang Khee Teik. A two-day Public Art Workshop will also be taking place on 21 & 22 October from 10am to 6pm. Both programmes will take place at RUANG by Think City. If you're interested, you can register with

There are plenty other fringe activities happening at AITC as well, including:
  • Panggung Rakyat on 19 October 8.30pm to 11pm: There will be a series of curated authentic traditional performances and interactive workshops, displays, and talks. This month will also feature the Ronggeng performance from Nusantara Performing Arts Research Center (NusParc).
  • Walking / Gallery Tours from 18 to 27 October: Curated tours in collaboration with The Art Seni to highlight other art exhibitions and shows happening around Kuala Lumpur will also be taking place. Get yout ticket via +6017 3300 012.
  • Sketchwalk by KL Sketchnation on 20 October: Go for a stroll around the city and experience AITC with your sketchbook and pens. There will also be sketching demonstrations, suitable for beginners as well. Register via +6012 2051 990.
  • ACE Bootcamp Indie Music on 30 October: Independent musicians, promoters, recording labels, artist managers and cultural workers in the music businesses are encouraged to attend the networking session at the ACE Bootcamp Indie Music edition at The Bee, Publika. The bootcamp aims to support and stretch the ambition of independent musicians and music workers through targeted content mentored by music heavyweights in the industry, including Dato' Ahmad Izham Omar, CEO of Primeworks Studio, Jennifer Thompson, Managing Director of J Two Entertainment, Rahul Kukreja, lead guitarist for One Buck Short and Director of The Bee, and other great minds. Register to network via
Sketch your heart out with KL Sketchnation.
For more information on AITC, visit CENDANA's website here.