Cultural Programme

Opening Ceremony

TIME: 19.00-22.00
VENUE: Perdana Botanic Garden, Kuala Lumpur

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The Opening Ceremony for the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture will take place at Laman Perdana, located in middle of the Perdana Botanical Garden. Formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Gardens, the Botanical Garden is situated in the Heritage Park of Kuala Lumpur, which has always been a part of the green lung of the city. Originally a recreational park, the Botanical Garden was created when the park was rehabilitated and planted with collections of tropical plants, giving visitors the ambiance of a tropical rainforest in the middle of the bustling metropolis.

The opening ceremony will commence with welcoming remarks from the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, the Chair of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies and the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Throughout the evening, delegates will enjoy local cuisine and participate in Arts in the Park, a curated programme of modern music, experimental dance, painting and crafting with well known artists and craftspeople from Malaysia.

This event is hosted by the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur and generously supported by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, the city council of Kuala Lumpur.

Please note that alcohol will not be served at this event.

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Tidal Constellations

TUESDAY 12 March 2019 | DAY ONE
TIME: 20.00
Venue: Balai Seni Negara (National Art Gallery)

A Pre-performance reception at Balai Seni Negara (National Art Gallery) will be held for Summit delegates from 18.30-20.00.

Tidal Constellations is a collaboration between BANDALOOP (USA) and ASK Dance Company (Malaysia).

Delegates are invited to a special co-created performance by BANDALOOP (USA) and ASK Dance Company (Malaysia), performed in the multi-tiered atrium of the National Gallery. The companies will bring elements of their own repertoires – including BANDALOOP’s signature vertical dance, adapted to the atrium – and present new collaborative work, for what promises to be a modern dance union symbolising partnership with respect and humility.

This collaborative performance between BANDALOOP and ASK Dance Company is made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts (USA), the U.S. Department of State’s Arts Envoy programme and the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur.

Photo: 2017 Budapest  Credit: Basil Tsimoyianis   BANDALOOP is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and individual donors.

Photo: 2017 Budapest
Credit: Basil Tsimoyianis

BANDALOOP is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and individual donors.


BANDALOOP celebrates the human spirit, nature, and communities through dance that uses climbing technology to expand and challenge what is possible. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality and intricate choreography to turn the dance floor on its side.

Credit: ASK Dance Company, Malaysia

Credit: ASK Dance Company, Malaysia

About ASK Dance Company

ASK Dance Company works across traditional and contemporary genres of dance, with the philosophy that to be alive, one must continuously learn, and be unafraid to ASK questions. Its dance productions serve as a platform for this dialogue, from issues about disenfranchisement to celebrations of life.

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Gala Dinner

Wednesday 13 March 2019 | Day Two
Time: 20.30-22.30
Venue: The Love Restaurant, Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)


The Gala Dinner will take place at The Love restaurant at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) in Kuala Lumpur. A celebratory evening event prior to the closing day of the Summit, delegates will enjoy welcome drinks and networking, followed by a formal seated dinner and performances from local artists.

Please note that alcohol will not be served at this event.

Performance: Unity in Diversity

Malaysia is truly blessed as a multi-cultural and multi-religious society, its people living side by side in harmony. This has inspired the dance performance Unity in Diversity, which reflect the interactions of Malaysians. The peaceful and harmonious co-existence among Malays, Chinese, Indians and the ethnic groups of Sabah and Sarawak highlights Malaysia as a land of unity and smiles that has become a beacon to the world.

The repertoire comprises Nuance of Rebab Fantasy by Rosnan Rahman and Syafinaz Selamat, Mah Meri Indigenous dance act and Sape Music by Alena Murang.

About MaTiC

The MaTiC building is an architectural and historical landmark. Built in 1935, the main building served as the residence of a wealthy mining and rubber estate tycoon, Eu Tong Seng. Its architecture is typically colonial reflecting the era in which it was built.

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A Medley of Malaysian Dances

Thursday 14 March 2019 | Day Three
Time: 20.00-22.00
Venue: Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)

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A Medley of Malaysian Dances or ‘Rampai Sari Tari Malaysia’ is a production that highlights the diversity of traditional dances that are rarely performed in Malaysia. This production draws from several repertoires such as the authentic Malay classical dances, those historically performed at the Malay courts. The repertoire includes the Malay Zapin dance of Johor, dances from the glorious decade of the 1970s from the National Cultural Complex (KBN) and dances based on Malay folk songs. The show strives to preserve and maintain the originality and uniqueness of each of the dances with the hope of educating diverse audience members to appreciate Malay traditional dance as one of the cultural identity of the nation. The Traditional Dance Group University of Malaya, popularly known as KESUMA will be performing.

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Titik Mengalai by Persatuan Anak-Anak Sabah (PERKASA)

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March 2019
Time: 20.00-22.00
Venue: Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)

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Persatuan Anak-Anak Sabah (PERKASA) will perform Titik Mengalai, a traditional performance originating from Sabah, which is also known as the ‘land below the wind’. Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia after Sarawak and is home to various ethnicities and cultures. The original population comes from diverse background comprising at least 30 tribes who speak more than 50 languages and more than 90 dialects. Among them are Kadazandusun, Bajau, Melayu Brunei, Murut, Kedayan, Bisaya, Irranun, Rungus, Kimarang, Kwijau, Lundayed, Ubian, Binadan, Orang Sungai, Tatana, Tagaas and Suluk.

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