Newly appointed Leaders for SPArKS

The 2016 - 2018 Exco for the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu. Click here for more info

Break of Reality Concert 2017

Break of Reality Concert 2017 this coming January. Click here for more info

Paul The Resonator, country blues guitarist from the US

Paul The Resonator will be coming down to Kota Kinabalu this February. It's a free showcase, so come on over to see his performance. Click here for more info

Unplugged Acoustic Competition is back for its fifth consecutive year.

Join now! Click here for more info

The 10th Edition Kota Kinabalu Jazz Fest will take place on the 22md and 23rd of July 2016.

Featuring Bobby Taylor, Juzzie Smith, Borneo Big Band, Winnie Ho, Juwita Suwito, WVC, May Mow and many more.

Friday, 2 June 2017

CLASSICAL GUITAR RECITAL (KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL 2017)


Chong Tze Ken has been teaching classical guitar for over 20 years and currently teaching in 'Just Music' and 'Enicken's Music Box', City Mall. Ken was invited twice to collaborate with Miss Hisako Shugai of Masami Oonuki Music School(Japan) in a Classical Guitar Recital in Kota Kinabalu.

In this recital, Ken will perform songs made popular by Classical Guitar from the Baroque era to the present day and he will also show us how to enjoy Classical Guitar playing with today's technology and collaboration with other instrumentalists and vocalists.

Event Title: Classical Guitar Recital by Chong Tze Ken
Date: 29 July 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Blackbox Theatre KK, Level 8, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
Ticket: RM20
Info/Reservation: 088-288-232 / 013-873-0232 (whatsapp only)





FIRSTS & LAST (KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL 2017)

"FIRSTs and LAST"


A play on life and its beauty. Every individual will go through a full set of "firsts" in their lives; first day of school, first relationship or even their first ever slice of pizza. These "firsts" are the very dots that would create a path in every person's life. However...what if the "firsts" stop? What would life be then? What could it lead to?

Inspired by the true incident of a young man losing his life to another person who has stopped living, Green Leaf Theatre House humbly presents "FIRSTs and LAST" that would entail this very question.

by Green Leaf Theatre
Play Title: "Firsts and Last"
Date: 5th and 6th August 2017
Time: 7:30pm (doors open), 8:00pm to 9:30pm (show)
Venue: Blackbox Theatre KK
Ticket Prices: RM28 (Non-members), RM23 (Members)




Monday, 29 May 2017

ACACIA (KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL 2017)




ACACIA is the title of this year’s annual performance by SYNERGY DANCE THEATRE and the Young Choreographer Project 2017.
How much can a group of dancers aged 10 to 40 achieve after years of learning?
This is where the title of ACACIA becomes meaningful. The acacia is a
type of tree, and I use the acacia tree as a symbol of dance
education. You always need to start from the roots, and through time
you will achieve the goal of dancing.
What is the goal of dancing? You need to find out for yourself.

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Venue:
Blackbox Theatre KK,
8th floor, Suria Sabah Mall,
1, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu, 
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Date and Time:
24th June 2017 Saturday 7:30pm
25th June 2017 Sunday 2:30pm

Ticket Prices: RM35

For more info, contact 019 533 0395 or 016 833 3936








Friday, 26 May 2017

EVERY BRILLIANT THING (KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL 2017)


"This is an altogether charming piece that reminds us of the undeniable power and immersion of live performance and perhaps serves as a poignant reminder that sometimes all you need to get by, is a little help from your friends." - The Malay Mail

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TOURING FOR THE 1ST TIME TO EAST MALAYSIA AFTER TWO SOLD-OUT RUNS IN KL!

The Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPARKS) presents 
theatrethreesixty’s production of
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
in conjunction with the KK Arts Festival 2017

Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahue
Directed by Christopher Ling
Starring Qahar Aqilah
Sound Design & Original Music by Shaun Chen

#myeverybrilliantthing #2017seasonRightNow #theatrethreesixty 

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“You're 7 years old. Mum's in hospital. Dad says that she's "done something stupid." She finds it hard to be happy. You start a list of everything that's brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. You leave it on her pillow. You know she's read it because she's corrected your spelling.”

Hailed by British newspaper The Guardian as "one of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression", be literally a part of an interactive theatrical happening that - with your help - unfolds as both heart-wrenching and hilarious. Duncan Macmillan's one man show EVERY BRILLIANT THING premieres in Malaysia starring Qahar Aqilah and is directed by theatrethreesixty's artistic director Christopher Ling.

After 2 critically-acclaimed sell-out runs in Kuala Lumpur, British playwright Duncan Macmillan’s heart-wrenching, hilarious play is set to open this year's KK Arts Festival, an annual festival hosted by Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPARKS). The show is the first to be staged at the brand-new Blackbox Theatre Kota Kinabalu situated on the 8th floor of Suria Sabah Mall. 

Laugh, applaud, and be reminded of the million things that make life worth living. 

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Dates/Times: 
Evenings: Thursday, June 15 to Saturday, June 17 @ 8.30pm, 
Matinees: Sunday, June 18 @ 3pm
(Do take note that the opening night of EVERY BRILLIANT THING on Thursday, 15 June is being hosted by THE BEFRIENDERS KK. Tickets for that performance are completely sold out.)

Venue: 
Blackbox Theatre KK,
8th floor, Suria Sabah Mall,
1, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu, 
88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Ticket Prices: RM38
(For further information and ticket enquiries, please contact: 0168449078 or email: borneodramatics@gmail.com)

Mature content: Suitable for 13 years old and above




Wednesday, 28 December 2016

BREAK OF REALITY CONCERT IN KOTA KINABALU

Break of Reality
29 December 2016 - American Rock Cello band, Break of Reality, will be performing a concert in Kota Kinabalu this coming 14th January 2017 at 7:30pm. The free showcase, 'Break of Reality Concert In KK', will be held at the Kompleks JKKN Sabah and up to 400 seats are up for grabs for free.

Break of Reality has accumulated over 18 million views on their Youtube channel and Huffington Post has regarded their cover of Game of Thrones as "the best rendition of the theme song you will ever hear".

Jointly organised by the US Embassy, American Voices and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS), Break of Reality will put up a 75 minutes showcase and is open for anyone to come and watch. 'This is another opportunity for the people of Sabah to experience a performance by a popular American group. It's not often we get to see a talented group from abroad.' said Arthur E. Lee, the vice president of the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah.

Concert Details:
Date - 14 January 2017 (Saturday)
Time - 7:30pm (Doors Open), 8:00pm (Concert Starts)
Venue - Auditorium, Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara, Kompleks JKKN Sabah
Tickets - Complimentary (FREE) Passes can be obtain from Joan's Music Centre/RAM Studio at Damai Point (From 3rd January 2017 onwards)




Break of Reality:
Having sold out concerts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Break of Reality is regarded as one of the world’s premiere alt-classical chamber ensembles. The band’s signature cello rock sound has bridged the gap between classical, rock and world music listeners, and in 2015, the members of Break of Reality were appointed music ambassadors by the U.S. Department of State.

Formed in 2003 at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Break of Reality has gone on to reach millions of listeners via platforms like Spotify and Pandora Radio, and their rendition of the Game of Thrones theme has over 12 million views on YouTube. The band has released four full length albums, including The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum of the Sky (2009), Covers (2012), and Ten (2014). Their music has been featured on a variety of radio, television and internet outlets, including NPR, PBS, Dateline NBC, Yahoo Music and Huffington Post. 

In addition to performing and recording, Break of Reality is dedicated to educational initiatives through music. The group has visited hundreds of public schools around the world, performing alongside music students and encouraging them to think outside of the box with their classical instruments. The band has also developed a DIY Lecture Series, designed to empower budding classical musicians with practical, real world music business knowledge.



Monday, 11 July 2016

HOSPITAL CLOWNING TRAINING (KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL 2016)


Hospital Clowning Training
Date: 30th & 31st July 2016
Time: 10pm to 5pm
Venue: SAWO Centre Damai
Tickets: RM30

For tickets or more info, please contact Susan 0168449078

SHAKESPEARE'S TWELFTH NIGHT PLAY FULL DRESS REHEARSAL (KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL 2016)


Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Play Full Dress Rehearsal
Date: 27th July 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: GC Woolley's Hall, Sabah Museum
Tickets: FREE ADMISSION for Students

For tickets or more info, please contact Susan 0168449078

STORYTELLING FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES BY POETRY CAFE KUALA LUMPUR (KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL 2016)


Storytelling for Young Audiences by Poetry Cafe Kuala Lumpur
Date: 24th July 2016
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Likas Square
Tickets: RM20

For tickets or more info, please contact Susan 0168449078

CHILDREN'S DRAMA WORKSHOP (KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL 2016)


Children's Drama Workshop
Date: 23rd July 2016
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Likas Square
Tickets: RM30

For tickets or more info, please contact Susan 0168449078

Monday, 6 June 2016

A SUCCESSFUL SHOW - THE ROJAK SHOW: WHY SO HOT?

From left - Jude Day (KKIFF Festival Director), Ms Lilypot, Saiful (played by Hazli Ali), Sammy, Rodney, May Ng (Treasurer of SPArKS), Joan Jim, Arthur E. Lee (Vice President of SPArKS)

6 June 2016 - The Rojak Show: Why So Hot? was a pure success once again as the team from Green Leaf Theater put up another amazing and hilarious play last weekend. The SPArKS team was there to witness a brilliant play made by some fabulous individuals.

Friday, 3 June 2016

PRESS CONFERENCE: LAUNCH OF KKIFF 2016 MOVIE SCREENINGS AT MBO IMAGO MALL

Mariam Yazmin El Bacha (MBO Operations Director, 3rd from left), Jude Day (KKIFF Festival Director, 4th from left), Hazli Ali (KKIFF, 5th from left), David Kong (Likas Sq Apartment Hotel GM, center), Arthur E. Lee (SPArKS Vice President, far right)

3 June 2016 - The Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival 2016 just held a press conference leading up to this year's annual festival at MBO Cinema. The Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival (KKIFF) 2016 will be screening its CINEBALU and World Movies for the first time at MBO Imago Mall from July 8 to July 15.






Tuesday, 17 May 2016

PREPARING TO ACT BY PITAPAT THEATRE (KK ARTS FESTIVAL 2016)


17 May 2016, Kota Kinabalu - Preparing to Act is a one day workshop that teaches the fundamentals required for any style of acting.

Learn from Mexican actor and director, Berto Ruiz - who has 15 years of teaching experience - how to balance rigorous precision and spontaneity in acting. 

Date: 29 May 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 2pm to 8pm
Venue: IEC Dance Studio
Fee: RM150
Contact: 012 264 0258

EARLY CLASSICS CONCERT BY JESSELTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (KK ARTS FESTIVAL 2016)


17 May 2016, Kota Kinabalu - The Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra is hosting a concert this coming 27 May 2016 titled 'Early Classics'.

Programme
Mozart - Symphony No.40 in G Minor K.550
Joseph Haydn - Symphony No.88 in G Major
Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049

Conductors and soloists:
Yap Ling (Violin) & Kenneth Chia (Flute)

Soloist: Jennifer Hsu (Flute)

Date: 27 May 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Sabah Art Gallery
Tickets: RM50 / RM30


Contact: 016 838 0966 (sms/whatsapp)


Sunday, 8 May 2016

UNPLUGGED ACOUSTIC COMPETITION 5TH EDITION (KK ARTS FESTIVAL 2016)


6 May 2016, Kota Kinabalu - Running on its fifth consecutive year, the Unplugged Acoustic Competition has produced numerous talents, most of which have turned music into a career. Many of the past winners are now performing at various venues in and around Malaysia. Last year, a wonderful trio, aptly calling themselves the Borneo Trio took first place. The band leader for Borneo Trio is now the double bassist for the ‘Borneo Big Band’. This year’s final takes place at the ‘Tavern’ located at Imago Mall. Presented by the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah and promoted by Ingenio Entertainment, the Unplugged Acoustic Competition is part of the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival.

Date: 31 July 2016
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: TBA
Free For Public

More info at www.aramaitii.com

KOTA KINABALU JAZZ FESTIVAL 2016 (KK ARTS FESTIVAL 2016)


22 & 23 July 2016, 7pm to 11pm
at the Covered Tennis Court Sutera Harbour Marina Golf & Country Club Kota Kinabalu.
Tickets: RM100 (1 Day Pass), RM150 (2 Days Pass)

Organised by the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah with Rotary Club KK, this year marks the 10th year of the festival and will feature many talented musical performers including Bobby Taylor, Juzzie Smith, Borneo Big Band, Winnie Ho, WVC, Juwita Suwito, May Mow and more.

Get your tickets from Breadboss Bakery Damai.