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KL International Arts Festival 2017

Donít miss this fantastic festival of the arts held across KL.

by / Published: 18 Aug 2017

KL International Arts Festival 2017
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DiverseCity’s Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival (KLIAF) kicks off this 31 August to 1 October, and will feature more than 50 music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature events across 12 venues in and around KL. 

Watch local, regional and international artists take the stage with inspired dance and music performances; and don’t forget to check the programme for family-friendly events so the kids will have a good time too. Expect comedy, film, shadow puppets, poetry and so much more. 

Tickets for the various shows and events at KLIAF are on sale at            

Check out our picks for this month-long festival below, or read the full line-up of events here.  

  • Concert in the Dark
    22 September 2017, 8pm, Oasis Ara Damansara 
    Experience a musical performance in total darkness presented by Malaysian and Singaporean artists like Kavin Jay, Flame of the Forest and more in this concert that highlights the experience of using all your senses to enjoy the music. 
  • Inner Voices by DeafBeat
    22 to 24 September 2017, Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)
    A concert by the eight hearing-impaired musicians behind DeafBeat, in collaboration with local director Yeo Lyle. 
  • Che Malambo
    2 to 3 September 2017, 8.30pm, DBKL Auditorium
    This all-male Argentine dance troupe perform their acclaimed dance inspired by the South American tradition of the gaucho (a cowboy from Argentina).  
  • Bon Voyage!
    16 to 17 September and 23 to 24 September 2017, 2pm, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTM) Station
    Enjoy free admission to this theatrical production performed on the platform of the famous century-old train station in KL. The play is about three travellers trying to communicate despite their cultural and linguistic differences. 
  • KL LEPARK at Kota Buku
    16 September 2017, 10am to 11pm, Parkson Sidewalk, Maju Junction Shopping Mall   
    This event offers you a chance to chill with upcoming indie artists, poets and performers as they express themselves through caricatures, printmaking and various forms of visual art. Admission is free.       

Catch these kid-friendly events: 

  • Once Upon A Time  
    8 September 2017, 8.30pm, Black Box at Damansara Performing Arts Centre
    Watch the 16 Strings string quartet perform classical renditions of popular modern-day songs and tunes from television shows and films of old.     
  • A Tale That Must Be Told: Macbeth
    8 to 10 September 2017, 11am and 3pm, Ramli Hassan Studio
    The KL Shakespeare Players (KLSP) together with Johnny Gillet from the UK combine live action with music to recount this iconic tale. This is an immersive play so audience participation is welcome. 
  • Letter’s End
    22 to 23 September 2017, 3pm and 8.30pm, Panggung Bandaraya 
    Theatre clown Wolfe Bowart presents this Helpmann Award-nominated show that mixes physical comedy, illusion, shadow-puppetry and interactive film in one mesmerising tale. 

Swing by these free admission workshops:

  • Che Malambo's Guacho Dance Party!
    1 September 2017, 10.30pm, Rhapsody Square at TREC
    Learn to dance with the high-energy performers from Che Malambo!
  • A Workshop with Wolfe Bowart
    20 September 2017, 5.30pm, Panggung Bandaraya 
    A drama and theatre workshop by award-winning playwright, actor and comedian Wolfe Bowart.   
  • Healing Through Arts
    23 September 2017, 10.30am - 5pm, Auditorium Hospital Kuala Lumpur 
    Various workshops by therapists are complemented by talks by panelists and interactive performances.