Relive a world of sorcery, adventure and friendship from one of the most well-loved fantasy franchises of all time, as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert makes its debut in Kuala Lumpur from 15 to 16 July. Happening at the Plenary Hall, KLCC, audiences will be able to watch the film in high definition on a 12-metre-high screen while the Selangor Symphony Orchestra delivers John Williams’ score.
The sound of music comes to the island of Bali, Indonesia as the Bali International Choir Festival returns for its sixth edition on 14-20 July at Sanur Paradise Plaza. Over 5,000 local and international participants compete in a show of creativity that goes beyond singing, as groups don colourful costumes, create unique compositions and incorporate dance moves into their routines. Watch the performances or join in choral clinics and workshops, singing classes and other fun activities throughout the festival.
Delve into a showcase of Korean treasures at the Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life exhibition, running until 23 July at the Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore. The exhibit features over 150 artefacts, from furniture to fashion and decorative arts, spanning the last 500 years of Korea’s last dynasty. Look out for programmes and talks related to Joseon Korea and contemporary Korean culture, as well as a large-scale art-installation by award-winning South Korean artist Ran Hwang.
Art Of Cinema
Catch international films screened for the first time in Malaysia at the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival, back for its ninth edition on 22-29 July. Titles such as The Promise (Germany), Key, House, Mirror (Denmark), A Boyfriend for My Wife (Argentina) and more will be showing at MBO Imago Mall. Meanwhile, the festival’s CINEBALU programme features shorts and movies by emerging Southeast Asian and Asian filmmakers, such as Tunku Mona Riza’s Redha, Malaysia’s selection for the Academy Awards 2016, and Al Jafree Md Yusop’s feature film debut, Mencari Rahmat. There will also be forums, talks and workshops on film and cinema.
Keeping To Tradition
Soak in the colourful sights and sounds of Chinese opera at the 2017 Traditional Arts Showcase, happening at the Malaysia Tourism Centre in Kuala Lumpur this 28 and 29 July. Chinese opera, also known as Beijing or Peking opera, has roots dating back to the Chinese Song dynasty. The show, performed by the Sound of Taihei Troupe, will feature actors in traditional costumes combining music, dancing, singing and acrobatic skills for a truly entertaining spectacle.
Touted to be bigger, brighter, and better than ever, the Electric Run – Recharged night run returns to Malaysia on 29 July at Anjung Floria, Precinct 4, Putrajaya. The five-kilometre race course takes participants across a scenic route of the country’s administrative capital, Putrajaya, which will be transformed into a city of neon-themed lights. This year’s ‘Recharged’ concept provides runners with a more immersive experience, as limited edition bracelets will illuminate neon-lighted themes across multiple race course zones.
The Esala Perahera or ‘The Festival of the Tooth’ is an annual festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka, celebrated to honour Buddha’s sacred tooth relic and the four ‘guardian’ gods: Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and the goddess Pattini. The 10-day event, which falls from 29 July to 9 August this year, blends Buddhist and Hindu beliefs and gives the public a chance to see the relic, which is otherwise kept by the Buddhist clergy. Visitors are welcome to join in the street festivities, along with pilgrims, dancers in elegant costumes, and elephants decked out in lavish garments.