Audio experimentation is central to Kamal Sabran’s works. An artist, designer, and researcher, his sound and music projects are interactive installations that respond to different kinds of user input translated into visuals and sounds. In this special project for GTF, Kamal will be exploring and retuning Malay classic pop songs, together with his friends from all around the globe such as Russian visual artist Arina Kokoreva, Malaysian model Tuti Noor, American musicians Emma Caterinicchio, Beyowing and Eric Hausman, Russian musician Olya, Italian choreographer Diletta Brancatelli, Malaysian choreographer Hilyati Ramli and Malaysian musician Reza Othman.
Armour and Skin 2019
Watch It Again
Dates & Times: 5 July 2020, 12 midnight until 11 July 2020, 11.59pm (GMT+8)
Watch the highly-successful ‘Armour and Skin 2019’ performance for a limited time only. The world premiere of ‘Armour and Skin 2019’ – a musical masterpiece by HANDS Percussion and Gamelan Yuganada – was unveiled at GTF 2019 with a rousing success.
‘Absolute Penang’ showcases the richness and diversity of local communities through local cultural performances. Sitarist Pravinraj Premkumar and tabla player Kumaran Rajanam are bringing the ancient sounds of classical Indian music in a showcase titled ‘Sitar and Tabla Performance by Pravin & Kumaran’. Long-time GTF performers Teochew Puppet and Opera House and Wak Long Music & Art Centre are set to present the traditional artforms of Chinese opera and traditional Malay dances in ‘Mu Guiying Gets Married’ and ‘Tarian Kuda Kepang’ respectively. Local group Culture Shot, notably known for their unique one-of-a-kind musical performance, will liven up the online festival with their rendition of local folk songs accompanied by the sounds of the erhu, rebana, gong, gendang, and Chinese cymbals.
Catch up with Filamen co-founders Abdul Shakir and Fariz Hanapiah as well as EPSON Malaysia product manager Jeniffer Low for insights behind their jaw-dropping art installation at GTF 2019. The teams had collaborated and awed audiences with the creative use of video mapping to create three-dimensional art installations at GTF 2019 opening weekend, ‘When Night Falls’.
Almost one year after ‘BIRD’ left a significant impression at GTF 2019, it’s time to catch up with Pichet Klunchun Dance Company director, Pichet Klunchun. Pichet Klunchun is the choreographer of ‘BIRD’, a dance collaboration between visual theatre company WHS from Finland and Pichet Klunchun Dance Company from Thailand. The dance, a ticketed show, was staged at GTF 2019.
Catch up with Parastoo Theatre writer-director Saleh Sepas and interpreter-producer Amin Kamrani. Parastoo Theatre presented ‘Screaming in Silence’ at GTF 2019, a play which highlights child marriage in Afghanistan. Take this opportunity to talk to Saleh and Amin, especially if you’re keen to find out how Saleh utilises the method of oppressed theatre in making social changes as well as Amin’s crucial role as the interpreter and producer in the production.
Catch Up with Bernard Goh, I Wayan Sudirana & Ghafir Akbar
Bernard Goh, I Wayan Sudirana & Ghafir Akbar are the creative geniuses behind the highly-successful ‘Armour and Skin 2019’. The musical masterpiece by HANDS Percussion and Gamelan Yuganada was unveiled in last year’s GTF with rousing success. Catch up with them for insights about the show.
Coffee Painting Workshop by Azmi Hussin
Dates: 18 & 19 July 2020 (Basic & Advanced)
Times: 8pm – 8.30pm & 2pm – 2.30pm
Learn coffee painting from Azmi Hussin, the renowned Penang-based caricature artist. In this workshop, Azmi will teach participants how to draw our national flower, bunga raya (hibiscus), using coffee! The workshop consists of two sessions, which requires keen participants to attend both sessions. The workshop is free and pre-registration is required. Participants must prepare coffee powder, brush, water and paper. Watercolour paper is preferred but if unavailable, prepare A4 paper instead.
Looking for ballads, R&B and pop songs to soundtrack your night? Tune in to catch TIGA SOUL, a Kuala Lumpur-based female trio consists of singer-songwriters Kelly Siew, Sachie Amira, and Alesia Dhana, belting out songs by well-known singers from Whitney Houston to Zee Avi and Teresa Teng. They will also be performing their latest single, Bad (For Your Heart). The trio made their official debut independently in 2017 with a 90s R&B themed show. Since then, they have performed for many notable clients and venues.
Wau Bulan Origami Workshop
Dates: 25 July 2020
Join Malaysia Origami Academy’s Wau Bulan origami workshop to learn how to fold the world’s first Wau Bulan origami designed by Malaysian origami artist, Sam Yap. Yap’s remarkable design was recognised by Malaysia Book of Records in 2019 as the largest Jalur Gemilang made with Wau Bulan origami. You’ll be learning to fold the paper using state-of-the-art origami technique known as “Circle Packing”, the same method Yap used to create his record-breaking Wau Bulan.
Wau Bulan, a national symbol, is an intricately designed Malaysian moon-kite (generally with floral motifs) that is traditionally flown in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. The reverse side of the fifty-cent coin of Malaysia (1989 series) features an intricately decorated Wau Bulan.
In a milestone move to cast light on complex human rights issues, this year’s digital festival will premiere creative collaborations between artists and non-profit organisations in ‘Moving Shadows, Chasing Light’, featuring a selection of screenings about death and abuse in custody, with a post-screening discussion on the role of the arts in giving a voice to those who desperately need one.
Plasticity Theatre Troupe (PTT) is teaming up with Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) Penang and Eliminating Deaths and Abuse in Custody Together (EDICT) to present ‘Di Luar Bayangan’, a shadow play inspired by the true story of Chandran Perumal, who died while under police custody. Another screening, ‘Beyond Understanding’, is a documentary film by Goh Choon Ean which follows human rights activists Loo Que Lin as she attempts to make sense of the injustice behind bars. Another must-watch creative collaboration is ‘Chili Powder and Thinner’, an animation by SUARAM and Freedom Film Network with illustrations by Amin Landak. It illustrates the life experience of a 16-year-old boy who was tortured under police detention.