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Malay Arts Bagus!

By EditorEvents - 06 October 2010 9:00 AM

Malay Arts Bagus!

Immerse yourself in the best of Malay music, theatre and dance from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore with Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts from October 22 – 31 at the Esplanade.

There’s a world of rich heritage and beauty to enjoy with the ninth edition of Pesta Raya and there’s plenty of performances, both free and ticketed, that you’ll want to make sure you catch.




Pesta Raya opens with the world premiere of Matah Ati – an epic dance theatre production about the tale of victory in love and war. It features 60 dancers who combine traditional Surakartan-Javanese classical dance with music performed by a full ensemble of 25 gamelan musicians. Directed and produced by Soeryadjaya, who herself is a direct descendant of the Mangkuneagaran royal family, and is well-known for her efforts in preserving the Indonesian culture. After Matah Ati’s premiere at the Esplanade, the production will tour in Indonesia.


Get treated to the first solo concert of icon AMY, who was the former front man of Malaysian rock band Search. Backed by the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra, there’ll be a spectrum of songs to showcase his musical journey through the years. Also on during the Pesta Raya festival will be three concerts – Kelab Dondang Sayang, Konsert Kasut Putih and a concert with R Ismail and his son Elfee Ismail –  while the Theatre Studio will be transformed into a party space, where the audience can chill out late into the night at two standing-room only concerts.


Catch the two theatrical, Pentas Si Kecil – Kunci Duniaku, which was specially commissioned for Pesta Raya, and Cinta Julia, performed by accomplished actress and producer Fauziah Nawi.

Free Programmes

There are plenty of indoor and outdoor free programmes on offer, ranging from traditional dance from Minangkabau – a mix of silat and dance moments – and musical performances from Bandung percussive fusion band – Saratuspersen. There’ll also be free movie screenings each night, as well as acoustic performances. Feeling a little more creative? Then check out the bunga tellur (egg cases) workshop conducted by local artist Abu Jalal.

For more details, as well as ticket prices, click here.

Check out the rest of the festivals happening in the month of October.