5 things to look forward to at Sentul Festival

The festival celebrates a culture of lifelong learning with the Dignity for Children Foundation.

Dignity for Children Foundation is a learning centre that provides holistic care and education for underprivileged children living in urban areas (Photo: Dignity for Children Foundation)

Held in conjunction with Dignity for Children Foundation’s 20th anniversary, Sentul Festival is hosting a series of workshops, talks, activities, screenings and performances over two weekends from August 10 to 11 and 17 to 18. The festival’s bazaar — curated by ARTitude — will be held during the finale weekend.

Set at Dignity’s educational institution in Sentul Boulevard, the event aims to champion lifelong learning for all via educational, cultural and wellness activities. The festival will also look to serve the lower income community in Sentul with free health check-ups and financial literacy programmes.

Over the past 20 years, Dignity has grown from a small learning centre with 20 students to an organisation providing holistic care and education for over 1,750 children and youths between two to 17 years old. Besides education, Dignity also teaches employability skills to empower students as productive members of the society. 

Sentul Festival will host over 50 meticulously planned workshops and talks conducted by industry experts to enrich the community. Here are the top five activities you shouldn’t miss.


Are We Contributing W!sely to Society? (By Dr Jasmina Kuka)
Aug 11, 10am-noon. Free.

If you’ve always wanted to give back to the society but don’t know how, Dr Jasmina Kuka from W!SE – an organisation that helps corporations maximise the positive impact of their investments in sustainable social programmes – will help you improve the social impact of your work. Especially catered to NGO workers, teachers, healthcare providers or even businesspeople interested in making a social change, the workshop will map out the best ways to measure the success of your initiatives through interactive presentations and case studies. W!SE is made up of a broad group of talents with different areas of specialities including economy, human rights, poverty reduction and political science.


Garden Yoga Adventure (By New York Yoga MYS)
Aug 11, 2-3pm. RM80/pair.

Join yogi Annie Wong, founder of New York Yoga MYS, for a light-hearted family bonding yoga session. Held in a garden, participants will practise a series of breathing exercises and simple movements to improve their overall health. The class also explores the workings of a child’s imagination though engaging games and activities to foster a deeper understanding between parent and child. Register as a parent-and-child pair and bring your own yoga mats for a fun-filled afternoon.


Hand-coloured photography (By Ignacio de Juana)
Aug 17, 10am-12pm; 4-6pm RM110.

Learn how to transform black-and-white photos into colourful images by applying watercolours and natural dyes with Spanish artist Ignacio de Juana. He will be teaching the basics of hand-colouring and the techniques of manually adding colour to a monochrome image. Hand-coloured photographs were most popular in the mid to late 19th century prior to the invention of colour photography and they were developed in an attempt to create more realistic images as well as for artistic purposes. All materials will be provided in this workshop and no art skills are required. The session is also suitable for kids above the age of eight.


EcoKnights screening: Sunset Over Selungo
Aug 17, 1-3pm. Free.

The International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) 2019 Lite will be screening a selection of environmental films, as well as a simple discussion afterwards to exchange views on how we can practise sustainable living. A film not to be missed is Sunset Over Selungo, a true story about freedom and belonging set in a remote village in the rainforest of Borneo. Follow the lives of Dennis, Unyang and Sia of the Penan tribe who lead an isolated way of living built upon centuries of jungle survival. The film will shed light on the adversities faced by the underprivileged community in Borneo such as the lack of cosmopolitan comforts or access to the Internet – all of which city slickers have taken granted for.




Let’s Code! Explore the World of Programming (By Co-labs Coworking)
Aug 17 & 18, 1-3pm. Free.

In collaboration with The IO Foundation, an organisation dedicated to promote, protect and provide solutions for digital rights, Co-labs Coworking presents an interactive 101 workshop on the basics of programming and its underlying principles. Led by Jean F. Quéralt, participants will learn the fundamental concepts of programming and coding logic (statements, variables, conditions and loops) as well as how they actually work (flows, languages and usage scenarios). Designed for participants between 12 to 18 years old, participants will also be paired up with Dignity for Children school students.

For the full festival line-up, see here


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