Updated: 1 Mar 2010
MAP Arts Festival at Solaris Dutamas

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MAP, an arts and cultural platform with  group exhibition 'ONCE UPON A TIME IN MALAYSIA/AL-KESAH'., is opening a 2-day arts festival to launch its activities. MAP Arts Festival includes music, art, sculpture, performances, installations, talks, workshops and art markets alongside social and individual empowerment activities. The festival is an invitation to all those who desire to listen to or be heard by their fellow citizens.
MAP is introducing its first two spaces, a gallery and an experimental theatre named the White Box and Black Box respectively. In the works is an exciting programme of community oriented activities that encompasses the widest possible diversity of creative content.

MAP will provide opportunities for arts and cultural producers from multidisciplinary backgrounds to develop their ideas while promoting compelling encounters to a broad audience. As a meeting point between artists, curators, critics and the public, it will also serve as a catalyst for the exchange and exploration of contemporary ideas.

Among the highlights of the arts festival is a contemporary group art exhibition curated by Arteri featuring artists such as Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Wong Hoy Cheong and Samsudin Wahab. There is also stand-up comedy by Jit Murad, drumming workshop by Tugu Drums, indie bands such as Monoloque, Khottal and Nao as well as an arts bazaar. In conjunction with Earth Hour on March 27 at 8.30pm, a special Readings with Bernice Chauly featuring Kam Raslan, Jit Murad, Salleh Ben Joned, Dina Zaman and Alfian Sa’at will also take place.

March 27 2010 (Saturday),White Box (art gallery) (4pm-5pm)
Lecturer, journalist and artist Sharaad Kuttan moderates a talk with architect Anand Krishnan entitled “Proposals for Our Cities

Performance art by Aisyah Baharuddin and Intan Rafizah of Lost Generation

Poetry Underground organised by Sheena Baharuddin

Opening of “
Once Upon a Time in Malaysia” group art exhibition curated by Arteri

Butoh dance by Nyoba Kan Dance Company


Readings by Bernice Chauly in conjunction with Earth Hour

(9.30pm to 10pm)
Jazz saxophonist with Azmi Hairudin and Christophe Turchi

Stand-up comedy with Hishamuddin Rais

Black Box (theatre)
Music gig with Peter Hassan Brown and friends

Music and poetry readings by Pekan Frinjan

Participants include Meor, Nik, Keladak, Shh..Diam, Mohd Jayzuan, Stam Mustapha, Gyomogii, Marini Rafar and Fazleena Hishamuddin.

Performance art by Ensemble 11

Theater performance by Rumah Anak Teater (in Malay)

Music gig organised by Rice Above No. 7 featuring Aggrobeats, Rebel Scum, Khottal and Nao

March 28 (Sunday) White Box (art gallery) (2.30pm-3.30pm)
Let’s Talk with Hafidz Baharom

Hafidz Baharom is a writer, columnist and never relenting bigmouth.

Paul Lau and Tugu Drum Circle workshop

Exhibition debate curated by Suthen "Tate" Thomas

No Shakespearean quotes, no statistics, some B.S. This ain't your high school stuff.

Dari Seberang: Spoken word performance (poetry, prose and play extracts) by Singapore writers Alfian Sa’at and Irfan Kasbah

Poetry Slam

Performance art with Aisyah Baharuddin and Bebe

Comedy hour with Jit Murad

Black Box (theater) (2pm-3.30pm)
Poetry workshop by Elaine Foster and Word Forward Limited

Zapin dance performance

Traditional Malay and contemporary dance performance by Darinai Dance

Music gig with Monoloque

Monoloque is a spin-off from the well-known Malaysian grunge/ alternative/ independent band Butterfingers.

Music gig organised by Jerome Kugan with Panda Head Curry, Vernadium, Tenderfist, Sharidar & Nizam and Deserters

Singer-songwriter round by Moonshine featuring Reza Salleh, Azmyl Yunor, Zalila Lee, Izzy Mohamed.

Arts Bazaar on March 27 and 28 from (2pm-8pm)
A popular crowd favourite, the arts bazaar by 20 individual groups is a great opportunity to secure unique and creative items such as artworks, crafts, books, CDs, T-shirts, books, food and CDs at a bargain.

Kids and Community Art Project/Workshop, March 27 and 28 from (2pm–6pm
A booth for you to bring your family and get your kids to doodle, paint and “exhibit”.



Solaris Dutamas, Off Jalan Duta, KL

Website: http://www.mapkl.org

Age restriction: All Ages

From: Mar 27, 2010  To: Mar 28, 2010

Time: March 27, Saturday (White Box) (4pm-10.30pm); (Black Box) (2pm-11.30pm); March 28, Sunday (White Box) (2.30pm-11pm); (Black Box) (2pm-12am)

Price: Free Admission

Advance booking: No