“The performing arts is a compelling means of getting people to realise that despite our background differences, we laugh, cry and become excited at the same scenes; we have a common admiration for talents,” says Datin Sunita Rajakumar, the Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival Director.
DiverseCity is a month-long arts festival in Kuala Lumpur that showcases an array of arts, dance, music and theatre performances from both local and international acts. This year, the festival will feature 15 new shows. You’ll hear rhythms from the musical instruments seruling, rebana and sape; watch a feast of song and dance from timeless Indian epic, The Ramayana and the English National Ballet’s Akram Khan’s Giselle.
Here’s a story that’ll warm your heart: Together with Studio DL, a photography studio, DiverseCity brought a group of children from Seri Tioman 1, a cluster of low-cost housing apartments, on a photography workshop. It wasn’t about teaching them to become professionals, but the way photography could change the way they start noticing details of beauty differently. The selected images will be on display at the tunnel walkway at Masjid Jamek LRT Station, and at Seri Tioman 1, Taman Melati. Besides activities with the kids, DiverseCity also works with architects and green gurus to turn the community’s space into an even more comfortable living environment. Now, how else can we inspire the community through the arts?
Find out more about DiversecCity and their works in the community here.