The celebrations of August will be well continued in the month of September as we celebrate Malaysia Day – a day that commemorates the establishment of the Malaysian Federation.
Along with national celebrations, the city of KL will see a great line-up of international and local artists with DiverseCity’s KL International Arts Festival and the KL Jazz Festival.
As always, we will be bringing to you the very best of events and happenings around town to keep your week jammed with flavour.
For tips on planning a great week, scroll left.
Sama-Sama Bon Odori
September 10, 2017
If you are a fan of everything Japanese, this is your chance to get a taste of Japan’s Bon Odori festival right here in KL! To celebrate the diplomatic relationships between Japan and Malaysia, Publika is hosting the Sama-Sama Bon Odori festival that promises a fun riot of parades, cultural performances, art and of course, food vendors selling all-time favourite Japanese snacks! The event will take place at The Square, Publika. For more details, click here.
Crackhouse Comedy Club KL: Kavin Jay
September 8, 2017
Need some laughs? Head to Crackhouse Comedy Club KL for a hilarious and rib-tickling session with comedian Kavin Jay. His intense sense of humour has charmed audiences all over the world including Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia and the United Kingdom. Prepare yourself for a lash out of grumpy jokes, delivered with such panache, you can’t help but laugh! For more LOLs, check out the event here.
The Source – DiverseCity
September 9, 2017
A part of DiverseCity’s KL International Arts Festival, The Source, starring Tan Su Yin, showcases Western classical percussion, particularly the marimba. Covering American compositions, which were a major influence on Su Yin while studying in New York, the audiences will get to experience and witness some remarkable compositions of recent times with The Source. For concert details, click here.
Our Regards To Broadway: A Music Concert
September 10, 2017
Hold your breath, as Vocal Talents Music takes you through an enchanting evening of contemporary music with Our Regards to Broadway. Featuring songs from Miss Saigon, Wicked, Chess, Rent, Little Women, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and more, this is one music concert you don’t want to miss out on. The concert will be held at the Bentley Music Academy from 7:30pm onwards. For more details, click here.
Shantanand Festival of Arts
Until September 10, 2017
The Shantanand Festival of Arts put together by the Temple of Fine Arts, is a kaleidoscope of music, dance, drama performances and workshops, from traditional Malay Mek Mulung dance to modern Jazz. In its last week now, don’t miss out on the dance and theatre production Ankur – Under the Kayon Tree, that brings Malaysian legends and folktales to life. For more information, click here.
Ilham Contemporary Forum
Until October 8, 2017
The Ilham Contemporary Forum brings together professional from various fields, all younger than 39, to curate exhibitions of recent artworks and cultural projects, to study the current happenings in Malaysian arts and culture. Spread out across a few months, the forum conducts film screenings, talks and workshops to encourage interaction amongst interested art patrons. Expect an interesting afternoon of nostalgia as Ilham’s latest Postcards from South celebrates the history of Malaysia’s railways. To know more, visit the Ilham Gallery website.
The Point –Wine Bar
For a well-deserved break anytime.
A wise man once said, “Wine is like bottled poetry.” If you agree, make your way to The Point at Medan Damansara. The newly refurbished wine bar is stocked with over 350 wine labels and 2900 bottles of new and old world wines. Whether you wish to sip on a Château Cissac 2000 or opt for a Hungarian dessert wine, The Point is where wine dreams come true! For more insights, check the Malaysia Tatler review of The Point.
KL International Jazz Festival
September 14, 2017
The much-awaited KL International Jazz Festival kick starts this week with an opening performance by renowned jazz ensemble Fusion 5, at Upstage Lounge, Bangsar. Known for their high energy driven jazz rock elements, the band plays a varied fusion of jazz rock, blues, classic rock and experimental music; perfect to liven-up a mid-week work day! For more details about the festival, check out their official website here.
August 31, 2017
There’s absolutely no better way to ring in Malaysia’s 60th Independence Day celebrations than by attending the Merdeka Day Parade at Dataran Merdeka. Watch the city celebrate this joyous occasion with royal processions, cultural performances, patriotic songs, floats and an incredible airshow. Don’t forget to bring your Jalur Gemilangs!
Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival
Throughout September 2017
Organised by DiverseCity, the KL International Arts Festival will feature more than 50 music, dance, arts, literature and theatre events. With power packed performances such as Che Malambo from Argentina, Tarakucha by Sean Ghazi and Entranced, a dance based on Japanese Noh drama traditions, KLAF provides the perfect recluse for city-dwellers to enjoy an international standard of performing arts. For more details, visit the official website here.
Music of ABBA
September 1 – 3, 2017
Fans of the band, rejoice! Here’s your chance to enjoy your favourite ABBA songs like Mamma Mia, Gimme Gimme Gimme and Dancing Queen, as Arrival from Sweden, an ABBA tribute band, recreate the hits from iconic 80s pop-band. Get ready to relive the grand days of the legendary Swedish band at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre this weekend! For events details, click here.
Freedom Film Fest
September 2-9, 2017
With thought-provoking films and talks, the Freedom Film Fest is Malaysia’s leading human rights film festival that boldly uncovers some of the most important issues of our time. This year the festival offers a compelling line-up of 40 hard-hitting and courageous documentaries including Selfie with the Prime Minister, Hills and the Sea and Dawai Dawai. If you have a love for the camera and script writing, bookmark FFF as a must do in the long-weekend agenda. For details, click here.
Weekend buffet at Vasco’s Hilton, KL
September 2-3, 2017
Fancy some rib eye on the bone? Or maybe some roasted lamb alongside Chinese roasted duck and quail? Head to Vasco’s at Hilton Kuala Lumpur for a hearty and meaty affair. This special one-weekend only buffet will also feature a live cooking station and fresh seafood along with an all you can eat roasted meat spread. Check out the Malaysia Tatler dining section for more details.
Our King’s Exhibition
Until September 4, 2017
In conjunction with His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V’s installation as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Royal Museum is organising Our King’s Exhibition, which will display a large collection of the King’s personal memorabilia. The exhibition will also take visitors through displays of conventional texts, posters, artefacts and a video presentation of the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong's installation ceremony. The exhibition will be held at the Royal Museum from 9am - 5pm until September 4, 2017.
Jewellery Asia 2017
September 5-7, 2017
Ladies in the house, jewellery alert! Jewellery Asia 2017 promises to bring together iconic jewellery brands and unique designers under one roof for a display of dazzling and couture timeless pieces sure to appeal to any woman. From diamonds to precious stones, and contemporary designs to traditional pieces, the jewellery exhibition will present designs from over 60 multinational brands. Jewellery Asia 2017 will take place from September 5-7, 2017, 12pm-8pm at the Shangri-La KL. Go ahead, get dazzled!
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