Weekend of the arts: photographic portraits, world of engraving

Exhibition: Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards

Location: GMBB, Jalan Robertson, KL

Date: ends October 2

Large photography exhibitions are always a treat. They don’t happen often enough in Klang Valley.

The Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards 2022 (KLPA), which recently opened at the GMBB, is definitely something to appeal to photography enthusiasts and curious visitors.

There is something to marvel at at the KLPA 2022 exhibition, which features the top 34 finalists from its international open call – a selection of portraits based on the theme “Human/Nature”.

The 2022 KLPA theme explores various questions: what are the traits of being human? How do we react to the influences of our tradition, environment and nature?

The selected photographs depict various interpretations of the theme – be it human nature or humans and nature. Photographs of different genres are part of this exhibition, including street, documentary, fine art, conceptual and those inspired and influenced by the theme, accompanied by titles and captions.

Free admission, open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

More information here.

The Badan Warisan Malaysia Heritage Center in KL, which will host the Demi Belachan Goreng! event this weekend. Photo: The Star/Filepic

Conference/Exhibition: Demi Belachan Goreng!

Venue: Badan Warisan Malaysia Heritage Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Date and time: September 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A two-day event featuring talks, exhibits and music on food heritage and culinary culture feels like a foodie’s dream come true. It’s all happening this weekend Half Belachan Goreng! event at Badan Warisan Malaysia Heritage Center in KL.

Think of a charming heritage bungalow opening its doors to the masses. You will also find 13 speakers who will share fascinating facts about the rich culinary histories of this region. And there will be no shortage of diversity when it comes to the food historians, culture activists, researchers, authors and writers who have been selected for the discussion sessions. They include Khir Johari, Reita Rahim, Cedric Tan, Kelvin Tan, Jahabar Sadiq, Mohammad Salleh, Fitriyati Bakri, Tekwyn Lim, Susah Orchid Bansin, Buvanes Tharmalingam, Ah Tshen, Nurul Hamzah and Adie Asraf Tan.

From Kelantan to Sabah, interviews try to find out what kind of food appeals to the average Malaysian’s palette? How has Malaysian cuisine evolved and has geography influenced the way we eat?

You can also learn about the different sauces across the country and what tools, taboos and rituals are involved in making Orang Asli meals. There’s a lot to discover in this two-day program of culinary adventure talks.

This free-entry event kicks off tomorrow with a pop-up exhibition, showcasing Chetti Melaka food, Portuguese pineapple pies and belacan goreng (shrimp paste) as well as a stall selling indigenous artwork.

On Sunday, the event will end with a folk group Kugiran Baba Melaka performing a comically named set, Sambal Belachan and other Sedap songs.

This is certainly a fun and laid back event – organized by the Malaysian Heritage and History Club and supported by Badan Warisan Malaysia – to occupy your weekend.

More information here.

The traditional gamelan group Sanggar Kirana is part of Traditional gamelan band Sanggar Kirana is part of “Junjung Tradisi – A Night With UTP Stars” at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas on September 24. Photo: Handout

Concert: Junjung Tradisi – A night with UTP stars

Venue: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, KLCC

When: September 24, 8:30 p.m.

For one night only, the Performing Arts Community of Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) will be heading to Kuala Lumpur for a special showcase titled Junjung Tradisi – A Night With UTP Stars at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP).

The concert has a rich traditional atmosphere, showcasing old-world Malay arts passed down from generation to generation.

The performances will incorporate Melayu gamelan, traditional Malay songs to contemporary gamelan tunes, complemented by Malay dances and songs.

UTP Performing Arts Group (UPAG), gamelan group Sanggar Kirana and UTP traditional musicians Petra Group will perform on the DFP stage.

More information here.

This Sunday, the SeaShorts Film Festival will host a screening of the film This Sunday, the SeaShorts Film Festival will host a screening of the film ‘Fragments of Tuah’ as ​​part of the festival’s ‘Expanded Programme’. Picture: handout

Film: SeaShorts Film Festival 2022

Venue: Multimedia University (MMU Campus), Cyberjaya

Date: ends September 25

The SeaShorts Film Festival, which opened its doors on September 21, is enjoying its return to the scene with an exceptional program.

Under the theme “Future”, this year’s program seeks to broaden its reach and welcome the masses to the world of short films and storytelling from this region.

There is still a lot to discover and experience at SeaShorts in the coming days. The festival features a wide variety of screenings, workshops, masterclasses and forums, as well as a special segment that explores potential new cinematic technologies, such as the use of virtual reality (VR) and intelligence artificial intelligence (AI) in film content development.

The paid festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., showcases over 70 films across multiple sections of the festival, including the sixth annual Seashorts competition where the winner will be announced at the closing of the festival.

More information here.

A work by Noor Mahnun entitled 'Window' (etching and aquatint on paper, 2003) is one of the exhibits of the 'Printmaking Open 2022'.  Photo: Hom Art Trans A work by Noor Mahnun entitled ‘Window’ (etching and aquatint on paper, 2003) is one of the exhibits of the ‘Printmaking Open 2022’. Photo: Hom Art Trans

Exhibition: Open engraving 2022

Location: Hom Art Trans, Ampang, Selangor

Date: ends September 25

Here is your last chance to attend “Printmaking Open 2022”, one of the biggest printmaking fairs of this year organized by the art gallery Hom Art Trans and the collective Chetak 17.

The exhibition, which features 64 artists, offers visitors a hands-on insight into the printmaking scene in Malaysia. The show includes a line-up of veterans, established names, newcomers and also students.

Artists such as Mohd Yusoff Osman, Juhari Said, A. Rahman Mohamed and Abdul Mansoor Ibrahim need no introduction, while Noor Mahnun, Jamil Mat Isa, Stephen Menon, Liu Cheng Hwa and Fuad Pathil make contributions welcome to this collective exhibition.

When it comes to different printmaking techniques, this exhibition also features a wide range of styles, including linocut on paper, etching, drypoint on paper, woodcut, mezzotint on paper, serigraphy and others.

More information here.

Book Launch: We Are Marching Now

Venue: KL Story: Citizens Museum, Ground Floor, Central Market

Date and time: September 25, 3 p.m.

This Sunday, independent publisher Matahari Books is set to launch journalist-writer Danny Lim’s new book We Walk Now: The Inside Story of Bersih 1.0, which is an informative and accessible account of the key players in the birth of the first Bersih movement and the legacies, lessons and forgotten stories left behind.

As we all know, Bersih played a crucial – and very public – role in revolutionizing the political landscape in Malaysia.

In this book, Lim works to bring together the stories of the movement. He talks to dozens of people involved in Bersih 1.0 about the motivations, strategies, surprising cooperations and inevitable compromises that led to the movement.

During the launch party, Lim will hold a short talk and also participate in a Q&A session.

More information here.

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