KOTA KINABALU ARTS FESTIVAL 2015

Event Listing for this year's Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival

Short Plays Writing Competition: The Solo Voice
Date: 20 May 2015 to 1 July 2015
Short Description: The Solo Voice is a monologue writing competition offered by KK Festival of Theatre and Storytelling (KKFTAS) together with DemoCreative Space, Sabah. It is open for Sabahan and Sabah-based emerging playwrights. Submit your Name, Email, Contact Number and Category of Submission by 1 July 2015 with a written script of between 1000 - 4000 words (which can be performed by one actor of 3 – 12 minutes duration). Divided into two categories - High School and Open Category, there are no limitations of topic or theme or the type of character to be presented in the work. Entries can be submitted in one of two categories preferably in English, Mandarin (or other dialects), Bahasa Malaysia, or local dialects or a mixture of languages. From the readings, a winner in each category will be announced. Winners in each category will be awarded an RM500 cash prize and the winning plays, where appropriate, will have the opportunity to be developed into a full play for staging during the KK Festival of Theatre and Storytelling 2016.
Ticket Price: Free Registration
Contact: Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival
Date: 31 May to 11 June

Short Description: Movie screenings from the ASEAN Region and Europe, filmmakers’ competition workshop and presentations about filmmaking - the 7th KKIFF is a great event for anyone who loves films. The film festival’s purpose is to encourage the understanding of other cultures through the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting of filmmaking professionals and to stimulate the filmmakers’ industry in Kota Kinabalu and throughout Sabah.
Ticket Price: RM10 and RM15
Contact: Jude Day, Festival Director (+6014 3514298)
Website: www.kkiff.com

An Enemy of the People: At the Moment by PitaPat Theatre
Date: 4 - 7 June 2015
Time: 8:00pm (4 - 6 June), 3:00pm & 8:00pm (7 June)
Venue: SM Shan Tao, Likas
Short Description: Directed and adapted by Seng Soo Ming, the town in which the play is set has built a huge bathing complex that is crucial to the town's economy. Towards a broader viewpoint, the play covers the issues that we are facing in the modern world – liberal of media, the “blasts” of information technology, and how we deal with personal desire and justice. It will be performed in Mandarin, English, Bahasa Melayu, etc and with English subtitles.
Ticket Price: RM35, RM20 (students, 4/6)
Contact: Seng Soo Ming (+60142706281) or email pitapattheatre@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Borneo International Storytelling Festival: Tell-a-story Day
Date: 6 June 2015
Time: 7pm (2 hours)
Venue: Sabah Theological Seminary Auditorium
Short Description: Organised by Kiddo Family Fun, a spectacular line-up of international storytellers sharing stories from around the world! Listen to the Indian folktales , Taiwanese legends, stories with music, stories to fill your hearts! Featuring Jeeva Raghunath from India, Uncle Fat- Chen, Ming-Hsiang from Taiwan, Wajuppa Tossa from Thailand, Made Taro & Gede Tarmada from Indonesia, Kiran Shah from Singapore, Ng Kok Keong from Kota Kinabalu.
Ticket Price: RM20 per person
Contact: Ms Synthia (+60146785572); Ms Sylvia (+60123715535)
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Borneo International Storytelling Festival: Storytelling Workshops
Date: 7 June 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm ; 2:00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Cocoa Embassy (Teck Guan Trading Office), Off Metro Town
Short Description: Through storytelling, we aim to emphasize the power of spoken words; the importance of listening and the value of clear communication. There will be 2 workshops in a day at different time. Join the morning session ‘Joining In – Participation Stories by Kiran Shah’ for a fun-filled, interactive workshop where participants will be introduced to various ways of engaging their audience using low cost/no cost materials. In the afternoon, ‘Effective Storytelling (English) by Wajuppa Tossa gives varieties of stories to help children with their fine and gross motor skills. The workshop emphasizes stories with songs, movements, and actions and how to create finger plays and finger stories.
Ticket Price: RM 90 per session (including light refreshment). First 20 to register for 2 adult workshops or 1 adult + 1 child will get a discounted price of RM150
Contact: Ms Synthia (+60146785572); Ms Sylvia (+60123715535)
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Borneo International Storytelling Festival: Children Story Fun Camp
Date: 7 June 2015
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm ; 2:00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Tree House Learning Centre, Block C -1-8, Metro Town
Short Description: The aim of this story camp is to inculcate reading habit and creativity through storytelling (as well as to care for young children of participants enrolled in the other workshops while the workshops are going on). The Jungle Tales, a fun-filled, interactive story camp where participants will be introduced to folklores and games. 那山那猫的故事!A fun-filled, interactive story camp where participants listen to fun stories and hands on doing art and crafts.
Ticket Price: RM90 per session ( with materials and 1 light refreshment). First 20 to register for the 1 adult + 1 child will get a discounted price of RM150. Prior registration is compulsory.
Contact: Ms Synthia (+60146785572); Ms Sylvia (+60123715535)
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Permata Seni Muzik Orchestra
Date: 8 June 2015
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: Recital Hall, UMS
Short Description: Orchestra performance by some of the most talented young musicians in Malaysia.
Ticket Price: Free passes available at KKAF Ticketing Booth.
Contact: Cheong Kok Ann 0168336023
Website: www.kkartsfest.com

Workshop on Devising Theatre
Date: 13 - 14 June 2015
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: Dewan Warisan, Sabah Museum
Short Description: Theatre for Development Practitioner Susan Casimir Bansin (Writer, Performer, Director) will take you on a playful journey using games, theatre practice techniques, improvisation and bags of imagination to create your own world, your own story and your own piece of original theatre. Stimulus to create this world and tell a story can be anything from a script that already exists, a story (true or otherwise), a personal memory, a piece of music, art, a place, or an everyday object. You will learn how to generate and shape material, overcome artistic blocks and strengthen your creative imagination. You will also develop key performance skills including physical presence, balance, spontaneity and truthfulness. The workshop will culminate in a play reading and/or performances, showcasing your work. Whether you are looking to make your own performance work, develop your general acting technique, or simply become more confident and expressive in your body, or if you are a writer and in need of stimulation and ideas - this is the workshop for you!
Ticket Price: RM100 per person inclusive lunch and refreshments (Maximum 20 participants)
Contact: Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Unplugged 4 Acoustic Competition Grand Final 
One of Borneo’s most important Acoustic Music Competition designed to help musicians further their profession.
Date: 14 June 2015
Time & Venue: 8pm at April’s Jazz Club (KK Times Square)
Website: www.aramaitii.com

Synergy Dance Theatre - “White”
Date: 20 June 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Sabah Theological Seminary Auditorium
Short Description: The Choreographer Christopher Liew wish to share the idea of the relationship between doctor and patient, further more the piece will share more about humanity. This performance will be the presentation of the “Young Choreographer project” by eight choreographers. This performance will change the black box into a “White Box” and performance will consist of a lot of medical equipment. Beside that, there will be two invited guest for the performance who plays Samry, the wheelchair dancer and Chang Hao Heng who is a dialysis patient.
Ticket Price: RM35 (Early bird RM30 before 6pm of 31st May 2015)
Contact: Christopher Liew (+0195330395/ 0168333936/ 0145668041)
Website: www.mysynergydance.com

2015 Chinese Ink Painting Art Exhibition
Date: 22 - 28 June 2015
Venue: Sabah Art Gallery
Short Description: Organised by members of Chinese Ink Painting Society Malaysia, Sabah KK Branch
Contact: +6088 268748 or +6088 268826
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

THE ROJAK SHOW "Virus in Malaya"
Date: 4 - 5 July 2015
Time: 7.30pm (Doors open) 8.00pm (Show starts)
Venue: The Theatre Marina Club, Sutera Harbour
Short Description: The Rojak Show series is back! Featuring Saiful; The Rojak Show’s ever so fabulous persona together with a handful of other animated characters. Staying true to The Rojak Show’s identity, “Virus in Malaya” promises to be comical, ridiculous, exaggerated and most importantly bluntly relatable towards current issues. Oops I forgot, it also promises to be super duper FABULOUS! Malaya a.k.a Malaysia as we know it, is currently under a virus attack which causes the people to do unimaginably ridiculous things. Saiful takes a journey into dissecting the causes and solutions to this virus in so many creative ways that it will boggle your mind. Will Saiful be successful in his attempt or will he fall prey to this deadly virus as well? Join us, BUT there is no guarantee that you won’t be affected by the virus as well… “absurdity” can be contagious you know *wink*
Ticket Price: RM25 (Non Members) RM20 (Members)
Contact: Hazli (+60122077181)
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Indigenous Storytellers: Lalangkut and Ulit-Ulit of the Imahit Murut and more
Date: 11 July 2015
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Venue: GC Woolley Hall (then proceed to the Dewan Warisan), Sabah Museum
Short Description: PACOS Trust will be documenting the stories and will sponsor accommodation for the storytellers. In most traditional communities, folk tales are told for entertainment and sometimes to give moral instruction to the young. They are known by various names in different languages, such as tanong (in the Kadazandusun language), tutunungon-tutunungon ru tuu-lair tali ('tales of long ago' in Timogun Murut). While these storytelling sessions provide the opportunity for social interaction, entertainment or preservation of tradition, the true importance of these genres, particularly the more elaborate ones that incorporate ancient stories, lies in the preservation of legendary history - the recounting of the origins of the world or of a particular community, the remembrance of deeds of a culture hero or the restating of the myth explaining the origins of rice, for instance. Through narration and repetition, and the use of performance as elementary theatre, such tales are kept alive, and connections with the past are maintained. This is a special storytelling session, bringing indigenous storytellers of the Imahit Murut, KadazanDusun and Sungai to Kota Kinabalu. Also, 6 Imahit Murut elders storytellers will be here to perform. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these wonderful storytellers tell stories in their mother tongue, in their own unique way!
Ticket Price: Free
Contact:Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Footprints in the Paddy Fields
Date: 11 July 2015
Time: 2.30pm - 3pm
Venue: GC Woolley Hall, Sabah Museum
Short Description: Tina Kisil's FOOTPRINTS IN THE PADDY FIELDS is both a family portrait and a childhood memoir, set against the vanished world of bamboo huts on spindly timber stilts, a world where one’s prized possessions were makeshift farm tools and a buffalo or two, and where the dead were placed in stone burial jars. Those were the days when removing human heads from their owners’ shoulders was a form of sport, and the only mode of transport was one’s two good legs. The author takes you on a fascinating journey into a world seldom seen, to see how the Dusuns in Sabah on the island of Borneo lived at a time when wealth was measured by the amount of rice a farmer harvested and a hardworking sumandak made a more alluring bride than her pretty sister. Written to preserve some of the old Dusun beliefs and customs, this engaging memoir is a delightful reminiscence of what it was like to be a child growing up in the 1960s when Sabah was still known as British North Borneo.
Ticket Price: Free
Contact: Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Kota Kinabalu Jazz Fest
Date: 24 - 25 July 2015
Time: 7pm - 11pm
Venue: Covered Tennis Court, Sutera Harbour Marina Golf & Country Club, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Short Description: The Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival 2015 (KKJF) is an annual fund-raising jazz extravaganza jointly organized by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (SPArKS). Staged in the picturesque Nature Resort City of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the jazz festival brings together a musical melting pot of talents from around the world. Money raised from ticket sales is used to fund deserving community projects run by the RCKK
Ticket Price: RM100 ( 1 Day Pass), RM150 (2 Days Pass)
Contact: Jack Ong (Organisation Chairman) 016-8106505
Website: www.kkjazzfest.com

Exhibition: Zhuang Wubin’s Small-Town Stories: Chinese in the Small Towns and Rural Areas of Southeast Asia (小城故事:东南亚乡镇的华人)
Date: 24 - 27 July 2015
Venue: Sabah Museum
Short Description: The histories of the rural Chinese communities in Southeast Asia have yet to be written, despite their longstanding presence. And this may affect the legitimacy of their place in the region, cautions political scientist Mary Somers Heidhues.This project takes Heidhues’ work as the starting point. It aims to collect/aestheticise stories and artifacts of these Chinese communities using photography, text and video. The images selected for this exhibition form an evolving edit. Their experiences remind us of the popular Chinese idiom—入港随弯,入乡随俗 (when entering the pier, follow the bends; when arriving in a new place, follow the customs).
Contact: Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Free Public Talk: Zhuang Wubin’s Small-Town Stories: Chinese in the Small Towns and Rural Areas of Southeast Asia
Date: 25 July 2015
Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm
Venue: GC Woolley Hall, Sabah Museum
Short Description: An artist-to-artist collaborative effort by DemoCreative Space with Zhuang Wubin, with the support of Sabah Museum and Mr. Valentine Willie.
Ticket Price: Free
Contact: Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Man Below the Wind - Huang Poh Lo
Date: 25 July 2015
Time: 4pm - 4.30pm
Venue: GC Woolley Hall, Sabah Museum
Short Description: You often see him at Gaya Street Sunday market. His calligraphy work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has appeared on television locally and internationally. You might have heard him on the radio singing and strumming his guitar. You might have received or purchased one of his artwork or photographs. This artist talk and performance gives you the opportunity to hear and see the remarkable story of how Chinese calligraphy transformed the life of a Malaysian Indian, Huang Poh Lo - The Man Below the Wind.
Ticket Price: Free
Contact: Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Clowning Workshop by Dr Bubbles
Date: 30 July 2015
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm (6 hours of instruction)
Venue: Forever Yoga Studio, Damai Point
Short Description: Presented by Art.Cet.Era Theatre (of DemoCreative Space) and Red Bubbles Malaysia with the support of Sabah Women Action Resource Group (SAWO) - Play Therapy Centre, this one day introduction to clowning workshop with Dr Bubbles, co-founder of Red Bubbles Malaysia, where participants will learn basic clowning skills starting with seeking complicite with the audience, problem solving in clowning world and some improvisation works. This workshop is suitable for non-performers and performers.
Ticket Price: RM80 (inclusive of light lunch and refreshments)
Contact: Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Puisi/Poetry: Valerie Vanessa
Date: 31 July 2015
Time: 7pm - 8pm
Venue: GC Woolley Hall, Sabah Museum
Short Description: “Prison is not made out of bars, chains, or these four walls. It is not the orders to stay put. Not the iron fist. The ultimate prison is my mind.” Inspired by Valerie Vanessa’s experiences and observations, it is also a confessional stage performance. It focuses on the journey of an attempt to make sense of it all. The performance will be in Bahasa Malaysia and English.
Ticket Price: Free
Contact:Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com

Presentation of shortlisted Short Plays Writing Competition: The Solo Voice
Date: 31 July 2015
Time: 8pm - 9pm
Venue: GC Woolley Hall, Sabah Museum
Short Description: Playreading and performance of shorlisted plays from the Short Plays Writing Competition and announcement of winners
Ticket Price: Free
Contact:Susan (+60168449078) or borneodramatics@gmail.com
Website: www.kkftas.wordpress.com