Scheduled to be held between August 24 and 27, CausewayEXchange in Ipoh will see a delegation of Singaporean creative entrepreneurs coming to Ipoh to explore potentials and possibilities with their counterparts in Ipoh. This delegation component is known as "Urban Culture Asia – Ipoh".

Held for the very first time in Ipoh, the four-day event, co-organised with DMR Production and GLobal Cultural Alliance Ltd (GCA), will be happening at various historical and heritage locations in Ipoh and in Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Oasis@Ara Damansara in Kuala Lumpur.

This is the first time there are activities in Ipoh. The festival has been held in Johor Baru, Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown.

Says DMR Productions’ Shawn Lourdusamy who is founder and co-organiser of this unique dual focus of CEX this year:  “CEX is about cross cultural and cross border work. It is about getting to know the little known or unfamiliar about your neighbour through the platform of arts and culture. We choose Ipoh as this city is now experiencing a reawakening. With its rich heritage and opportunities, CEX in Ipoh is symbolic of Singapore’s daring venture into ‘new’ markets and places and Singapore vision of establishing new alliances and relationships in the region”. She also describes it as the next “new frontier in Malaysia”.

Among the highlights of the Ipoh CEX 2017 are:

SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT
26 August 2017, 2pm-4pm
@ 22 Hale Street Heritage Gallery, 22-24 Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 30000 Ipoh
Free admission
Panel discussion open to all.
Singapore poets: Yong Shu Hoong & Sim Piak How
Malaysian poets: Wani Ardy, Paul Gana Selvam & Bridget Eu Yoke Lin

Join friendly banter with Singapore Literature Prize poets and local Malaysian poets, on the similarities and differences between the Singaporean and Malaysian literary and linguistic landscapes. Is Manglish really that different from Singlish? Do both literatures contain the same themes and motifs?

PROJECT SUITCASE
25 & 26 August 2017, 7.30pm-8.30pm
@ Ipoh Old Town
Admission: RM10

In 2003, Ekamatra started a project with a poor theatre format, involving one actor and one suitcase in a performance space. The idea was to show how a play could be effective with minimal setup, allowing actors to captivate the audience simply through storytelling; marrying words with motion.

Projek Suitcase 2017 presents four pieces of work, each about 30 minutes long, to be performed in various locations. Each night, audience members get to decide which two shows they want to watch and as they traverse between one venue and another, they will also get to negotiate and reflect between social and performance space, controlled versus uncontrolled environments, adding on to the whole experience. Equipped with their suitcases, the storytellers will spin their tales on the grounds of different venues which have their own unique characters, and dare us to follow them on their journeys.

As its proud media partner, Ipoh Echo will be there during the event and readers can even get free copies of Ipoh Echo as well. See you there!

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