DiverseCity 2016
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The Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival (31 August - 2 October 2016), an unforgettable performing arts and visual arts festival happening throughout Kuala Lumpur for 5 weeks. Many shows will be free including the launch of the festival on 31 August which will showcase high-energy street dancing, a mobile phone orchestra, traditional poetry singing and a memorable photography exhibition of 3 accomplished photographers seeking to capture a description of our national identity.

Signature performances include King of Ghosts (in collaboration with the British Council) which garnered a 5 * review when it premiered at the Edinburgh Mela; Gingger Shankar presents Nari: The Shankar Family Project, a moving tribute to the accomplished women artists in renowned sitarist Ravi Shankar's family; Feet on Fire explores the shared roots of flamenco and Indian kathak dance with Hollywood choreographer and performer Antonio Vargas; LaLaLuna by the "luminously inventive and magically silly" Wolfe Bowart and many many more shows.

Step into an installation which takes up an entire floor in the Enchanted Forest where the child in you will be fascinated by fables brought to life in an Asian context, the intricate absorbing world of Indian miniature paintings, as well as showcases of our best Malaysian artists and sculptors.

Local performances include authentic dances and songs from Sarawak; ASEAN Poets Forum; Syair Nusantara Melayu (poetry singing drawn from the Malay archipelago); monologue Jual Ubat by Khalid Salleh, winner of the Best Actor Award in the Asia Pacific Film Festival Awards; come to Main Zapin and KL.LePark, a day-long literary fest in the botanical gardens and many many more events which will showcase the heart and soul of the nation.

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