Art bazaars, theatre shows, music festivals and more happening across the region.

Colourful Bazaar

After a highly successful inaugural run last year, Artbox Malaysia returns to Sunway City this month. Hailed as Asia’s first and largest container market, this second edition of the event in Malaysia is back, with a wide array of street food and retail stores to explore. There is so much to do at Artbox Malaysia, from learning new things at workshops to enjoying music and games. Check out the colourful street art and Photo Box zone with its endless Instagrammable backgrounds. Put yourself into special immersive experiences, compete with a friend in a giant projected game of Tetris or get the best view of the event grounds atop the rooftop bridge viewing deck.

  • When: 6 – 8 and 13 – 15 September
  • Where: Outdoor carpark (opposite Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa), Sunway City, Selangor, Malaysia

Gita Konyet – Myanmar

Cultural Exchange

Organised by the Cambodian Living Arts Heritage Hub, the second edition of REPfest will be held in Siem Reap this month. The event serves as a platform to bring together musicians from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan in a unique exchange that fosters the creation of new works based on traditional cultural heritage. After a series of closed exchange sessions, the public can catch performances, workshops and forums with each of the participating groups across four days. The first edition of REPfest was held in 2017, created with the objective of sharing and strengthening Cambodia’s living heritage.

  • When: 5 – 8 September
  • Where: Several participating venues in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Picture Credit Charlotte Graham Images from Macbeth

Of Love And War

For a limited time only, theatre audiences in the Philippines will have the chance to enjoy two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, in Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. One of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream illustrates how complicated love can get when two pairs of lovers stumble across feuding fairies while lost in the woods. The stage takes a darker tone when it follows Macbeth’s downward spiral into madness and his bloody ambition to become the King of Scotland. This production by the award-winning Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre company from the U.K. features its talented cast in its international debut in Manila.

  • When: 17 – 22 September
  • Where: The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort & Casino, Manila, Philippines

Soulful Tunes

Enjoy soulful jazz music by talented local and international artists along the scenic Sarawak River as the Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival returns for its third consecutive year. This year’s colourful line-up of performers includes Ning Baizura, Harvey Malaihollo, Saxx In The City, Xanaduduo, Z Yan, Q Sound, Dave Brewer & The DooDaddies, Ushera, Nisa Addina, Sitti Navarro, and Dawn Wong & The Shanghai Jazz Club. Along with good jazz music, this event also features a bazaar area with food and beverage stalls as well as stalls selling arts and crafts. In line with the event’s secondary objective of helping local charities, visitors can contribute by purchasing limited-edition autographed performer posters at the festival.

  • When: 27 – 28 September
  • Where: Grand Margherita Hotel, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Spirit Of The Arts

HANDS Percussion will soon present Taksu, a gamelan theatre performance at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC). Taksu is the ancient Balinese concept of the ‘spirit of the arts’ that naturally exists in a person and drives them to perform. In honour of Malaysian traditional music and art, this musical production puts together two sets of percussion instruments from different cultures, the Chinese shigu drums and the Malay and Balinese gamelan, into synergistic musical conversation. The performance is further enriched and complemented by traditional dance of Kelantanese influence, performed by Mat Din Hussin and Zamzuriah Zahari, together with the natural vocals of choral group La Voce.

  • When: 4 – 6 October
  • Where: Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia