Friday, 15 July 2016

DiverseCity 2016 Pricing And Details

Kindly check out my early post about the introduction of the Diversecity 2016 HERE

The following table shows ticket prices for key performances in the DiverseCity 2016 lineup. Until 15 August 2016, group purchases of at least four tickets are eligible for the group discounts as indicated in the table. Other performances are free of charge unless otherwise indicated, while a fee may be charged for some workshops.

Tickets can be purchased online at the official DiverseCity 2016 website at . The full programme lineup and schedule and further details on the festival participants are also available on the site.

A limited number of deeply discounted tickets have been made available for certain performances on a first-come first-served basis for special groups including senior citizens, full-time students, refugee groups, special needs groups and registered charities. Members of the public who wish to purchase the specially priced tickets are requested to email

The concession prices are as follows:

King of Ghosts - RM50

Nari: The Shankar Family Project - RM30

Feet on Fire - RM30

La La Luna - RM20

The following is a brief overview of the activities at DiverseCity 2016. Full details of the festival lineup and participants are available at

The official launch will take place at 3.00pm on 31 August 2016 at the centre court of Berjaya Times Square and will feature a mobile phone orchestra with Ng Chor Guan of Toccata on the theremin, syair singing, high-energy exuberant street dancing by Alam-ak as well as a photography exhibition by three talented Malaysian photographers: Rahman Roslan, Ahmad Yusni and Zulfadhli Zaki.
The Signature Performances include:

Gingger Shankar

Nari: The Shankar Family Project by Gingger Shankar
31 August and 1 September 2016, 8.30pm, Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
"The only woman in the world who has mastered the ten-string double violin." - Sound Box, India
Nari is the unsung story of the lives of Lakshmi Shankar and her daughter Viji, two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaborations with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison. Nari begins with a 10-minute short film live narrated by Gingger which takes the audience on an emotional journey through Viji and Lakshmi’s lives. Using never before seen archival footage, interviews and photographs from their tours and family footage, viewers get a rare and unique glimpse into this incredible family told through the women’s voices.

Feet on Fire

Feet on Fire by Antonio Vargas, Manjula Radha Krishnan, Nawaz Mirajkar and others
3 and 4 September 2016, 8.30pm, Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
In olden times, the ancient gypsy tribes from Rajasthan, India celebrated the art of sharing tales through singing and dancing. These storytellers known as Kathakars travelled throughout Asia into the Middle East - sharing their art across foreign lands - creating a new amalgam that eventually became Flamenco. The passion of the flamenco dancer’s feet is matched in the precision of the footwork and the hundred bells of a kathak dancer’s ankles. Shivering and shaking with the response to the body on fire with the stories of love, the dancers draw you into feeling that fire within.

Hand Percussion 

Synthesis - A Repertoire of Resonance by Hands Percussion
5 September 2016, 8.30pm, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
Synthesis - A Repertoire of Resonance is a masterful collection showcasing brilliant musicality, merging cultures and innovation. Drawing on Malaysia’s rich fusion of music and culture, audiences will hear a synthesis of sounds and arrangements. Experience various interconnections of the Shigu, Bonang, Gongs, Kesi, Gendang, Cello, Flute and the Gamelan. The repertoire will include selected pieces from the ensemble’s many performances, including the award winning ‘Tchaikovsky on Gamelan’ and ‘The Next’.
*Me and my kid will love to watch the Hand Percussion, a renowned Malaysian percussion ensemble, has been creating a veritable bang in the music scene in Kuala Lumpur since 1997 with its ground breaking and innovative performances

Kaleidoscope IV “Drumming Nation” Hands International Drumming Festival by Hands Percussion
10 September 2016, 3.00pm and 8:30pm, Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
“Drumming Nation” is the 4th installation of Hands Percussion’s International Drumming Festival, Kaleidoscope. They are proud to present internationally renowned groups such as Dafra Drum (USA & Burkina Faso), Gamelan JingGong (Bali, Indonesia), Max Riefer (Germany), as well as local luminaries such as Kamrul Hussin & Geng Wak Long (Malaysia), Temple of Fine Arts (Malaysia), Chia Cheng Kok (Malaysia) and Tan Su Yin (Malaysia), supported by two troupes from Hands Percussion itself.

Lala Luna by Wolfe Bowart

La La Luna by Wolfe Bowart
10 and 11 September 2016, 11.00am and 3.00pm,
Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
“Luminously inventive and magically silly.” - The Age (Melbourne, Australia)
La La Luna is the newest solo theatrical production from one of today’s masters of physical theatre, Wolfe Bowart. A surreal tale of the moon caretaker as he struggles to relight the darkened moon, La La Luna is circus, theatre, film woven together with a poetic and comic physical language all its own. Take a journey to the place where gravity isn’t always on its best behaviour. Float in a comic and visually stunning dreamscape as the artistic director of The Shneedles casts his whimsical eye on the moon in La La Luna.
*My Kids will love this La la luna is circus, theatre and film woven together with poetic and comic physical language all its own. Beloved by audiences around the planet. Lalaluna is the joyful solo creation from one of today's masters of physical theatre.
Watch a preview at 

Live in Kuala Lumpur by Dmitry Maloletov
19 and 20 September 2016, 8.30pm, Experimental Theatre, Aswara
Dmitry Ivanovich Maloletov is a renowned Russian guitarist, composer, writer and producer. One of the few guitarists of Russia, he utilises the unusual guitar playing technique called "independent two-handed tapping".
King of Ghosts

King of Ghosts by Soumik Datta
27 and 28 September 2016, 8.30pm, Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
"Britain's most exciting sarod player" – Time Out
King of Ghosts is a brand new score inspired by the classic Indian film, a 1968 fantasy adventure comedy by Oscar-winning master Satyajit Ray. It weaves Indian folk rhythms and rich orchestral textures into a gorgeous, atmospheric experience, as live scenes from the film are projected above the musicians and the audience is transported into a fairy tale.

2020 by Toccata Studio

2020 by Toccata Studio
1 and 2 October 2016, 8.30pm, Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
2020 is a multidisciplinary performance that is speculative in nature. Utilising accessible science fiction concepts such as the relativity of time and the multi-verse theory, artists Ng Chor Guan and Steve Goh weave a compelling story of traveling within the currents of time.
The work addresses, and perhaps dismantles, the common dualities of art versus science, emotion versus logic, and the individual versus the collective. In collaboration, an artistic twin-ness, if you will, they grapple with the rapids and currents in both their immediate worlds and those in which they are embedded.

The Visual Arts highlights include:

Enchanted Forest
Enchanted Forest by Sandra Lee
31 August to 2 October 2016, 10.00am to 5.00pm, Ruang by ThinkCity, OCBC Building
“Visitors step into a huge colourful set illustrated by Lee, and enter a world of favourite fairy tales and nursery rhymes given an Asian twist.” – Singapore Art Museum
Step into The Enchanted Garden City, a new commission by Sandra Lee. Look out for characters such as Little Red Riding Hood clad in a sarong kebaya (traditional dress worn in Singapore and Malaysia) with a basket of ang ku kueh (‘red tortoise cakes’, a local dessert), and Hansel and Gretel dressed in traditional Malay costumes. Lee also places the characters among attap houses, shophouses, public housing flats and other familiar sights as her tribute to these different architectural features found in Southeast Asia.
Dirgahayu Photography exhibion

Dirgahayu - Photography exhibition of works by Rahman Roslan, Ahmad Yusni and Zulfadhli Zaki curated by Rahman Roslan
31 August 2016, 10.00am to 10.00pm, Berjaya Times Square
1 September to 2 October 2016, 10.00am to 10.00pm, Avenue K

Meraki ("Moghul" Miniatures)

Meraki (“Moghul” Miniatures) by Ami
Meraki is a unique collection of painstakingly created miniature paintings on paper and faux ivory exploring the themes of love. Indian Miniature Paintings present to us a layered world of meaning. They can vary greatly in size—from being smaller than postcards or, in some cases, not appreciably larger than outsized postage stamp to being close to a metre in height! Ami’s Indian miniature paintings try and capture the spirit of bringing together humanity and divinity.

Andy Warhol: Social Circus curated by Ryan Su of the Ryan Foundation
For the first time in Malaysia, a rare collection of Andy Warhol polaroids of the world’s biggest actors, artists and fashion designers from the 70s and 80s, will be on display during DiverseCity 2016. The brainchild of lawyer and art collector Ryan Su, 'Andy Warhol: Social Circus' is the largest collection of Andy Warhol polaroids to be shown in Malaysia and Asia. These polaroids not only demonstrate Warhol’s influence as an artist and society figure, but also inspire his large-scale portraits, which he is best known for. They form an integral part of Warhol’s artistic method and practice. These polaroids are the source material of the famous silkscreen portraits that are valued in the millions today. Visitors to 'Andy Warhol: Social Circus' will be transported to Warhol’s studio The Silver Factory to truly experience a physical manifestation and contextualisation of Warhol’s polaroids. Perhaps visitors will see more of themselves by seeing how Warhol observed the world!

The following are activities at the Shalini Ganendra Fine Art Gallery Residence, which will be open from 11.00am to 7.00pm from Tuesday to Saturday, with free entrance.

PavilionNOW 2016 - Shadow Garden Installation by Ar. Eleena Jamil
1 to 30 September 2016

Zac Lee Review
1 to 30 September 2016

Anniketyni Madian Review
1 to 30 September 2016

Exhibition of Crafts
1 to 30 September 2016

Art Hug Programme - Design for Children (Part I & 2)
8 and 9 September 2016, 3.00pm

An Evening of Acapella by THE 4 OF US
14 and 15 September 2016, 7:30pm

The Literary Arts events include:

Malam Baca Puisi / Poetry Reading Soiree curated by Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM), Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and PENA
2 September 2016, 8.30pm, Rumah PENA

ASEAN Poets Forum curated by Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM)
3 September 2016, 8.00am to 5.30pm, Auditorium, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka

ASEAN Poetry Recital curated by Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM)
3 September 2016, 8.30pm, Auditorium Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka

Jelajah Monodrama “Jual Ubat: Dari Stesen ke Stesen” by Khalid Salleh, curated by Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM) with the cooperation of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) and Negri Samudra Theatre
4 September 2016, 8.30pm, Kuala Lumpur Train Station (Sentral)
“Jual Ubat” delivers multiple critiques from the viewpoint of an insignificant person – a street medicine vendor, who is observant not only of the social issues, but also the political deprivation, racial struggles, as well as the subsistence of Malay-Muslims.

Syair Alam Melayu Nusantara curated by Akademi Seni ND Lala and Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM)
22 and 23 September 2016
Seminar: 8.00am – 1:15pm
Workshops: 2.00pm – 6:30pm
Performances: 8:30pm – 11.00pm
Auditorium Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka

KL.LePark curated by Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM)
24 September 2016, 9.00am to 7.00pm, Panggung Anniversary, Kuala Lumpur Botanical Gardens
KL.LePark gathers various art forms in one single event including the art of writing (books, magazines and book trucks), the art of music (alternative/indie swinging guitarist groups), the art of poetry (performances from the local and foreign poets), visual arts (painting exhibitions and caricatures) and the art of printing and designing.

The Heart and Soul of Malaysia highlights include:

Borneo Exotica curated by the National Department of Culture and Arts
2 to 4 September 2016, 2.30pm and 8.30pm, Dataran Merdeka

Bangsawan: Pelayaran Panglima Awang - A joint production of the National Department of Culture and Arts and Kuala Lumpur City Hall
23 to 25 September 2016, 8.30pm, Auditorium Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
Main Zapin by the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Academy
1 October 2016, 8.30pm, Panggung Anniversary, Kuala Lumpur Botanical Gardens

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