ONLINE DOCUMENTARY: LAYAR LIAR
Date and Time: Unlimited
Here’s how you can explore our country without leaving home. Layar Liar is a 52-episode online documentary series in Bahasa Malaysia (with English subtitles) about Malaysian wildlife and natural locations. Get to know the people – park rangers to jungle guides – working to save the environment and endangered animals.
Need to know animals? From the only great ape of Asia to the smallest bear species in the world, Layar Liar will showcase fascinating animals that live in our jungles and interesting facts about them.
You can follow an Orang Asli photographer Khairul for walkabout in the Royal Belum forest in Perak or experience the spectacular canopy heights of Bukit Bendera in Penang. Be it warm and sunny tropical rainforests or dark and damp caves, Layar Liar invites viewers on a journey to experience Malaysia like you never have before.
VIRTUAL FESTIVAL: THE REFUGEE FEST: INCLUSION FOR A BETTER WORLD
Date and time: Dec 4 and 5, 2pm onwards
Traditionally held in June to coincide with World Refugee Day, this year’s Refugee Festival – after weathering the pandemic uncertainties – is finally making it to the virtual world this weekend.
The Refugee Festival creative team, led by fest curator Saleh Sepas (a theatre director from Kabul, Afghanistan), has created a meaningful and inspiring programme to mark the continued contributions by the refugee communities around the world, to showcase their talents and to foster unity with host communities.
Poets and artists from more than seven countries will be taking part in the (free admission) festival this year, which runs 2pm to 6pm daily.
Today’s online programme will include a Parastoo Theatre performance, poetry sessions (from Pakistan and Myanmar) and a panel discussion ‘Internal Conflicts In Myanmar And Afghanistan’.
More info here.
VIRTUAL CONCERT: IBUKI HATI
Date and Time: Dec 4 and 5, 8pm
Ibuki Hati presents an hour-long concert featuring Japanese music and contemporary dance. Initiated by the choreographer and dancer Aida Redza and shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player Andrew MacGregor, the concert features six pieces of music arranged in two parts, each interpreted through original dance performances.
The first part is performed by MacGregor, Quattro Voce String Quartet and Zhang Chi and the second segment features keyboard–bamboo flute by Lee Jia Wei and MacGregor.
Ibuki Hati is presented by the George Town Festival. It is co-sponsored by The Japan Foundation KL.
Ibuki Hati will be streamed via Gerakbudaya Bookshop – Penang’s Facebook page.
VIRTUAL THEATRE: ONCE UPON A TIME (PART 3)
Date and Time: Until May 29, 2022
Once Upon a Time is a five-part series of the almost forgotten Malaysian folklore, legends and tales. Part 3 of the series will feature Bawang Putih Bawang Merah: The Step Sisters and The Fairy Princess Of Gunung Ledang.
Bawang Putih Bawang Merah: The Step Sisters is the Malaysian version of Cinderella. It revolves around a pair of step sisters with different personalities. When Bawang Merah is abused by her step mother, her late mother who had taken the form of a fish, decides to help her.
In The Fairy Princess Of Gunung Ledang, the Sultan of Melaka sends his best warriors to relay his proposal to the mystical and beautiful princess. She, however, makes seven impossible demands to reject the proposal.
Once Upon A Time (Part 3), ticketed, will be streamed via CloudTheatre.