Watch now: 5 virtual shows to support Malaysia's art scene

Enjoy these performances and exhibitions from the comfort of your own home.

Stream Bollywood Dreams online via Cloud Theatre (Photo: Shawn Ng)

Show your support to some of our local stage performers, musicians and galleries by streaming or viewing their works online.


Every Day, Every Day I Have the Blues
RKFA and Richard Koh Projects (RKP) present Natee Utarit’s pop-up exhibition, which will take place across Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok. This tri-venue event, titled Every Day, Every Day I Have the Blues, marks the fourth session of Utarit’s five-part series that began with Samlee & Co. The upcoming exhibition explores everyday life, with works that display the artist’s studio environment during the pandemic and the Movement Control Order. It takes a closer look at the mundane and touches on the things we took for granted before Covid-19. Owing to the current lockdown, the exhibition is available to view as an online presentation.

June 4 to 12. View the artworks here.


Bollywood Dreams
If you missed the live performance of Bollywood Dreams, here is your chance to stream it online, as part of the WFH@klpac initiative. Directed by Datuk Dr Faridah Merican, this play is set in 1980s Sungai Petani and follows two brothers with big dreams. In between their mundane chores and daily duties, Pappu and Babu escape into fantastical worlds with rhythmic music, stunning backdrops and multiple chorus girls and dancers. With their heads so set on their Bollywood dreams, they wonder whether these larger-than-life goals will ever come true.

June 11-13, 3pm and 8.30pm. RM35, RM70, RM100. Buy tickets here.


The Malaysian Student Film Festival
On June 12, the Malaysian Student Film Festival is showcasing the second of four instalments of films for the public to enjoy. This week’s line-up includes three films from the University of Liverpool, University of Essex and London School of Economics. The video performances mix music, dance, laughter and suspense. The films to look forward to are the police comedy Liverpool 99, psychological thriller Rumah and side-splitting comedy Caught Up.

June 12, 8pm. £3 (RM17,40). Buy tickets here


Art Moments Jakarta Online 2021
G13 Gallery is participating in this year’s Art Moments Jakarta, which is set to take place online for the first time. This platform will showcase nine artists from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. They are Cheong Tuck Wai, Maharani Mancanagara, Mochtar Sarman, Nik M Shazmie, Nurrachmat Widyasena, Nicholas Choong, Shafiq Nordin, Sittiphon Lochaisong and Wong Ming Hao.

Until June 30. View the virtual art exhibition here.


MPOPlaysOn: Malaysian Composers Series — Vol. 1
As an appreciation towards local orchestral compositions, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) has collaborated with the Malaysian Composers Collective (MCC) to present a digital audio collection, featuring classical works by Malaysian composers Vivian Chua, Johan Othman, Ng Chong Lim, Adeline Wong and Ahmad Muriz Che Rose. Previously performed by the MPO from 2003 to 2006, a total of 11 orchestral works, including Chua's Mercu Kegemilangan (commissioned for the MPO's 20th Anniversary Season) and Johan's mesmerising Ittar, a piece that conflates mythical dance and the allure of fragrances, are available to listen at MPO TV on Youtube.

Listen to the performances here.


This article first appeared on June 7, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.


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