Esquire (Malaysia) - - CULTURE -

The Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val by Di­ver­secity—a non-profit that de­vel­ops and in­vests in cul­tural and artis­tic ven­tures—is an arts fes­ti­val in Kuala Lumpur that show­cases a beau­ti­ful ar­ray of per­for­mances by both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts. For its fourth year this 2018, the month-long fes­ti­val will fea­ture 15 shows where you’ll hear the rhythms of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments like the serul­ing, re­bana and sape; as well as get to wit­ness a feast of song and dance from time­less In­dian epic, The Ra­mayana.

But here’s a story that’ll warm your heart: To­gether with Stu­dio DL, a pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio, Di­ver­secity is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lesser priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties. One pro­ject was a pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop or­gan­ised for a group of chil­dren from Seri Tioman 1, a clus­ter of low-cost hous­ing apart­ments on the bor­ders of Kuala Lumpur. The pur­pose of the work­shop wasn’t to teach them to be­come pro­fes­sion­als, but rather, the way pho­tog­ra­phy changes the way we see things—to no­tice the lit­tle bits of beauty in ev­ery­thing. Se­lected images taken by the par­tic­i­pants will be on dis­play at the tunnel walk­way at Masjid Jamek LRT Sta­tion, and at the Peruma­han Awam Seri Tioman 1, Ta­man Me­lati. Now, how else can we in­spire the com­mu­nity through the arts? Di­ver­secity 2018, 1-30 Septem­ber 2018; di­ver­

Muhd Hakimi Aisyah Na­jwa Nur Adri­ana Izazi Amin­ud­din Anis Syaki­rah Ab­dul Jalal Muham­mad Iz­zat Iber­ahim Aireen Sab­rina Yusri

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