ARTS & CULTURE

  • Remy the Musical

    Remy The Musical

    The overwhelming response to the musical, “Remy” staged at the Perak Department for Arts and Culture auditorium between May 19 and 21 showed that theatrical plays are s...read more

  • A Journey Told in Dance

    A Journey Told In Dance

    Lovers and fans of Balinese dance movements were left awed and found themselves mesmerised by the show of Hambali From His Eyes dance act performed at Yasmin at Kong Heng on May 21...read more

  • Life Sdn Bhd: People

    Life Sdn Bhd: People

    The First Lady of Malaysian theatre, Dato’ Faridah Merican brought her famous series ‘People’ to Ipoh recently. The two-hour play, staged at RTM Perak, was caste...read more

  • Art for Dummies

    Art For Dummies

    Three panelists spoke at the May edition of Sharpened Word held on Saturday, May 20 at the Old Andersonians’ Club. They were Lusy Koror, KY Chin and Kareem. Born in Bri...read more

  • Sketching as an Art Form

    Sketching As An Art Form

    Urban Sketchers Ipoh (USI) celebrated its first anniversary by holding a nine-day exhibition cum charity event between April 15 and April 23 at a dedicated venue named, 15 Clarke S...read more

  • Hands in Ipoh

    Hands In Ipoh

    It was a mesmerising evening as Hands Percussion, a Malaysian percussion ensemble, put on a solid 120-minute performance at the National Department for Culture and Arts auditorium ...read more

  • Cultural Diversity in Malaysian Literature

    Cultural Diversity In Malaysian Literature

    In conjunction with UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Book and Copyright Day...read more

  • Baraka Blue Visited Ipoh

    Baraka Blue Visited Ipoh

    Ipoh Echo had the exclusive opportunity to meet Baraka Blue; a US-born rapper and poet based in Oakland who has performed in North America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia...read more

  • Minibus for PORT

    Minibus For PORT

    Tanjung Malim District Council (MDTM) presented an Isuzu KIV minibus (Coaster) to PORT (People of Remarkable Talent) in appreciation for its efforts in promoting arts and culture i...read more

  • A Workshop on Film Reading

    A Workshop On Film Reading

    On Saturday, March 18, Sharpened Word organised a film-reading workshop at the Old Andersonians' Club. The speaker was Hassan Abd Muthalib, the ‘Father of Malaysian Animation...read more

  • Exhibition @ 15 Clarke St

    Exhibition @ 15 Clarke St

    15 Clarke Street is the blue shop house located at 15 Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, 30450 Ipoh.  This row of shop houses was built by my grandfather Mr Leong Sin Nam. I had my ear...read more

  • When Journalism, Sports and Horror Meet

    When Journalism, Sports And Horror Meet

    Three guest panelists spoke at the February edition of Sharpened Word held on Saturday, February 18 at the Old Andersonians’...read more

  • PORT to Foster SK Tambun's Music Talent

    PORT To Foster SK Tambun's Music Talent

    Perak’s People of Remarkable Talent (PORT) is working hand in hand with Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tambun to foster more music ...read more

  • Ni Art Week

    Ni Art Week

    As Pablo Picasso once said, ‘Everything you can imagine is real’. Ni Art Week, being the brainchild of artist, Kok Hwa Kean was an art festival held from Sunday, Decemb...read more

  • The Chimes of Love

    The Chimes Of Love

    As the jolly season approached, the Perak Society for Performing Arts (PSPA) singers crafted a Christmas repertoire named, “The Chimes of Love”. They delivered the piec...read more

  • Ipoh: Street, Sleek & Funky

    Ipoh: Street, Sleek & Funky

    The Perak Society of Performing Arts (PSPA) presented a musical, “Ipoh: Street, Sleek & Funky” in collaboration with the Perak Department for Arts and Culture (JKKN...read more

  • Of Poets, Writers and a Cartoonist

    Of Poets, Writers And A Cartoonist

    The November edition of Sharpened Word was held on Saturday, November 19 at the Old Anderson Club featuring six panelists from var...read more

  • Exploring Arts by Kaki Seni

    Exploring Arts By Kaki Seni

    In conjunction with next year’s The Other Fest 2017, Kakiseni organised a special preview affair entitled ‘Bongkar Old Town’ recently at Kong Heng Square. The we...read more

  • Urban Sketchers Ipoh

    Urban Sketchers Ipoh

    To quote one of the most famous artists of all time, Vincent Van Gogh, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that v...read more

  • South to North Indian Dance Presentation

    South To North Indian Dance Presentation

    It was a colourful, fast-paced, beautiful dance extravaganza! Organised in conjunction with Deepavali, Jom-Ke-Panggung was a joint...read more

  • Lydia of Grace Art Studio

    Lydia Of Grace Art Studio

    Upon entering the Grace Art Studio, one cannot help but marvel at its pristine white interior and well ventilated space, setting the perfect mood to lift the paint brush. It was at...read more

  • The National Choir of Malaysia @ Ipoh

    The National Choir Of Malaysia @ Ipoh

    With Tunku Marina Tunku Dato’ Zubir as the choir director and Syafinaz Selamat as the artistic and vocal director, 19 member...read more

  • Much Ado about Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Written by Shakespeare, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a well-known comedic play set in Sicily, circa 1598 and 1599. Making their way to Ipoh, ‘The Handlebards&rsquo...read more

  • Sharpened Word A Year Old

    Sharpened Word A Year Old

    Sharpened Word celebrated its first anniversary on Saturday, October 15. Speakers invited for this October edition, held at Andersonian Club, were Catherine Brogan, Selina Siak Chi...read more

  • Appreciating HERArts

    Appreciating HERArts

    What do Frida Kahlo, Maria Cassatt and Georgia O’Keeffe have in common? They are all women and were strong figures in the world of art. While it may take a while for Malaysia...read more

  • Projek Rabak Opens Rumah Khizanat

    Projek Rabak Opens Rumah Khizanat

    Open since September 1, Rumah Khizanat by Projek Rabak was officially launched on September 24. Unlike your usual openings, guests...read more

  • Writing Children's Books

    Writing Children's Books

    Editor cum consultant of Scholastic Asia, Daphne Lee and Tutu Dutta Yean, author of children and young adult’s books were guests at the September’s edition of Sharpened...read more

  • Creating with Plaster of Paris

    Creating With Plaster Of Paris

    The usage of plaster of paris is not confined to the medical and construction field only, it is applicable for creative art too. This is demonstrated by Yu Azman Hamid, 41, who cre...read more

  • Malaysia's 1st International Reggae Festival Hits Perak

    Malaysia's 1st International Reggae Festival Hits Perak

    Fans of Reggae music in Malaysia gathered at Tanjung Tualang Dredge (TT5) on September 9 and 10 to witness the first ever Internat...read more

  • Gavel Club

    Gavel Club

    Ipoh Toastmasters International club celebrated its 10th anniversary with its affiliate, I-Innovative Gavel Club on Saturday, August 27 at ibis Styles Ipoh Hotel. Over 100 members ...read more

  • Musical Vignettes

    Musical Vignettes

    After a year’s hard work, SMK (P) Methodist Ipoh (MGS) staged its inaugural musical concert, “A Night of Musical Vignettes” for two nights from Friday, September ...read more

  • International Reggae Festival

    International Reggae Festival

    Fans of reggae music, get your groove on and head to Tanjung Tualang on September 9 and 10 for the first ever International Reggae Festival organised exclusively by People Of Remar...read more

  • Father of Malaysian Animation

    Father Of Malaysian Animation

      Hassan Abd Muthalib, father of Malaysian animation was the guest speaker at the August edition of Sharpened Word held on Saturday, August 20. The session, which lasted from...read more

  • Hooi Leng & Friends: Encore Malaysia

    Hooi Leng & Friends: Encore Malaysia

    Friends of Perak Women for Women (PWW) rallied to organise the “Hooi Leng and Friends: Encore Malaysia” charity concer...read more

  • Beyond Literature

    Beyond Literature

    The Sharpened Word session held on Saturday, July 16 at the Old Andersonians’ Club was a transition into the colourful world of the babas and nyonyas featuring ornate furnitu...read more

  • Chapter 2: The Treasure

    Chapter 2: The Treasure

    The play, ‘The Treasure’ staged by SMK Methodist (ACS) Ipoh from Friday, July 22 till Sunday, July 24 was actually the school’s very first trilogy production. Th...read more

  • Sharpened Word: The Odd Treasures

    Sharpened Word: The Odd Treasures

    The June edition of Sharpened Word showcased another four talented writers. The event, held at the Old Anderson Club on Saturday, ...read more

  • Ipoh: The Next Arts Hub?

    Ipoh: The Next Arts Hub?

    The city of good food, the place with unique charms and a host of other epithets, but calling Ipoh the city of the arts might sound a bit odd to some. However, did you know that we...read more

  • Turning Poetry into Play

    Turning Poetry Into Play

    Most of us may be aware of the 1984 incident, when India’s Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi was murdered by her own Sikh bodyguards. Violence struck the Sikh community soon afte...read more

  • Hipster Ipoh Brings the Best

    Hipster Ipoh Brings The Best

    Ipohites took to the streets at MBI City Square as the Urban Street Art Malaysia Carnival 2016 took place from April 15 to 17. Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, Deputy Minister of Urb...read more

  • Dragons Grace Sharpened Word

    Dragons Grace Sharpened Word

    My first encounter with Carol Selva Rajah was nothing short of amazing. The author of the food memoir “Dining with Dragons” was dressed in a white statement shirt that ...read more

  • BAYS Plus: A Chance to Learn from the Best

    BAYS Plus: A Chance To Learn From The Best

    Everyone has dreams but what sets one apart from the other is the effort taken to make it happen. The road to success is more than...read more

  • Gallagher Captivates Audience in Meru Valley Resort

    Gallagher Captivates Audience In Meru Valley Resort

    Meru Valley Resort, in its continuing efforts to encourage the flourishing of the arts through musical recitals and concerts, rece...read more

  • Of Poets and Writers

    Of Poets And Writers

    The monthly book-reading matinee, “Sharpened Word” was held at its new venue, the Old Andersonians’ Club, Ipoh on Saturday, April 16, where five panelists, Paulin...read more

  • Expressing Himself Through Art

    Expressing Himself Through Art

    Kamil Shafie, a politician cum artist and the state assemblyman for Manong is having his first solo exhibition from April 12 to May 12. “Expressions from Above: Kamil Shafie&...read more

  • Storytelling Via Dancing

    Storytelling Via Dancing

    It was an evening of music and dance at the auditorium of the Perak Department of Arts and Culture recently. Music and dance lovers from all over Ipoh were enthralled by a fusion m...read more

  • #BAYS Plus Coming to Ipoh!

    #BAYS Plus Coming To Ipoh!

    A desire to be something, a dream to be somebody and a goal to be successful, these are the words we should hold onto in life. While life may have kicked you hard sometimes, it is ...read more

  • Kareem Encourages More Art

    Kareem Encourages More Art

    Art has been an important part of his life and now local artist Kareem wants to encourage more people to express themselves, and get in touch with their artistic side. A previous i...read more

  • Ipoh Cultural Showcase

    Ipoh Cultural Showcase

    Preserving culture and art has always been one of Perak Department for Culture and Art’s (JKKNP) main goals. With that in mind, the team has launched its ‘Ipoh Cultural...read more

  • Underdog Festival Shines!

    Underdog Festival Shines!

    Ipoh Kreative 2016, hosted by Projek Rabak, took place from January 24 till 30 at eleven different locations around Ipoh. With over forty nine different local and international art...read more

  • ATP6 to Raise More Local Talents in Theatre

    ATP6 To Raise More Local Talents In Theatre

    As theatre is one of the oldest art forms known to mankind, Perak Theatre Academy 6 (ATP6) under the Perak Department for Culture ...read more

  • Ipoh Kreative 2016

    Ipoh Kreative 2016

    Calling all music lovers, movie goers, coffee addicts and if you just want to see more art scenes happening in Ipoh, get ready to clear up your schedule from January 24 to 30 and h...read more

  • Ode to Taiping

    Ode To Taiping

    How many musical compositions have two tunes of the Negara Ku and incorporated into a symphony? Well, that’s what Paul M. Baker of London did. And he aptly named it “Ta...read more

  • Vritecar Vasan' s Arangetram

    Vritecar Vasan' S Arangetram

    'Arangetram' is the name given within the South Indian dance tradition Bharatanatyam to a dancer's debut performance. For Dato’ Dr Vasan Sinnadurai, there would be no expense...read more

  • Dancing For Charity

    Dancing For Charity

    The two-hour enchantment of “Storybook of Princesses” unfolded at Syeun Hotel Ballroom on Sunday, November 22. Clad in shimmering hand-made tutus and costumes, the cast...read more

  • Second Sharpened Word Flourishes

    Second Sharpened Word Flourishes

    In the Sepaloh Art Centre on Saturday, November 21, it suddenly dawned on me how fortunate the attendees of the second Sharpened W...read more

  • Storybook of Princesses

    Storybook Of Princesses

    Clear your schedules on November 22 and book your seat to watch Storybook of Princesses brought to you especially by City Ballet and organised by Soroptimist International Ipoh (SI...read more

  • Tiang Cengal Dinding Sayung

    Tiang Cengal Dinding Sayung

    Directed by Ard Omar who is not a stranger in the local theatre scene, Tiang Cengal Dinding Sayung was presented at Perak JKKN Auditorium recently. Among guests who attended the he...read more

  • A Musical Kaleidoscope: Bach to Yiruma

    A Musical Kaleidoscope: Bach To Yiruma

    Quoting German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, “without music, life would be a mistake”, the Perak Society of Perfor...read more

  • POPCON Asia 2015

    POPCON Asia 2015

    Local boys win ‘Doodle Art’ category Held at the Jakarta Convention Centre, Jakarta, “Popcon Asia 2015” saw two talented Perak-born artists, Abu Huzaifah S...read more

  • A Platform for Enterprising Youths

    A Platform For Enterprising Youths

    Borak Art Youth Series (BAYS), a platform specifically created for youths to discuss and expound their ideas and passion for arts ...read more

  • 2015 PSPA International Ensemble

    2015 PSPA International Ensemble

    PSPA International Ensemble – the resident musical ensemble of the Perak Society of Performing Arts (PSPA), has been the ico...read more

  • Festival of India 2015

    Festival Of India 2015

    The “Chennai Nalla Chennai” (Beautiful Chennai) exhibition showcasing Chola temples and lives in Chennai was held at the Rayan Cultural Hall along Jalan Tun Perak recen...read more

  • IFAS Emerging Young Artist Award

    IFAS Emerging Young Artist Award

    Finals of the IFAS (Ipoh Fine Arts Society) Emerging Young Artist Award was held recently at the YMCA Main Hall. Eight budding cre...read more

  • Pinji Festival Murals Unveiled

    Pinji Festival Murals Unveiled

    Colourful murals reflecting the day-to-day life of Pinjians, past and present, adorned the wall along Jalan Sultan in Pasir Pinji, providing an aesthetic visual to passers-by. They...read more

  • Festival of India in Malaysia 2015

    Festival Of India In Malaysia 2015

    The Festival of India in Malaysia 2015 is organised by the High Commission of India and Indian Cultural Centre Kuala Lumpur in con...read more

  • BAYS Coming to Ipoh

    BAYS Coming To Ipoh

    ?Following the success of Borak Arts Youth Series (BAYS) in Kuala Lumpur last year, Projek Rabak is bringing it to Ipoh to cater for the city’s art needs. Presented by Bursa ...read more

  • For the Love of Shakespeare

    For The Love Of Shakespeare

    When most teenagers and young adults these days prefer something modern, the Sixth Formers of Tenby Schools Ipoh proved us wrong by enthusiastically studying and performing the tra...read more

  • Poetry for the Soul

    Poetry For The Soul

    Known for the love of poetry, Kumpulan Sajak Sajak Naif is a compilation of 40 poems written by the late Amirul Fakir. Amiruddin Husin (Amirul Fakir)? had always been passionate a...read more

  • Street Musicians to The Fore

    Street Musicians To The Fore

    The success of Caliph Buskers, a street musical group consisting of disabled musicians, at the recent TV3’s ‘Anugerah Juara Lagu 29’ has created much excitement w...read more

  • Watoto Children's Choir

    Watoto Children's Choir

    Coming all the way from Kampala, Uganda, 18 orphaned children from 6 to 13 years old gave two energetic stage performances in Ipoh at the Red Crescent Hall, as part of the choir\'s...read more

  • An Evening with Coppélia

    An Evening With Coppélia

    Involving more than 250 ballet dancers, aged from 6 to 25 years, Ipoh’s Dance Centre presented a ballet extravaganza themed “An Evening with Coppélia”, at ...read more

  • Wedded to the Violin

    Wedded To The Violin

    The Greentown Indian Cultural Society hosted a musical event recently titled, “Wedded to the Violin”. It was a violin solo by Viidushi A. Kanyakumari from Chennai, Indi...read more

  • Programme for Cartoonists

    Programme For Cartoonists

    Over 700 people visited  Pekan Kartun (Cartoon Village) at People of Remarkable Talent (PORT) recently. According to Zarul Syed Hisham, the centre’s assistant manager, t...read more

  • Ipoh's Busking Corner

    Ipoh's Busking Corner

    The newly-established Malaysian Buskers Corner (MyBc) at Kinta Riverwalk in Ipoh is set to be a platform for budding artistes to showcase their talent. Chief Secretary of the Mini...read more

  • Sourcing for Fresh Talents

    Sourcing For Fresh Talents

    The Department of Arts and Culture Perak held a dance festival recently with the objective of sourcing for fresh talents with the potential to represent the state at national-level...read more

  • Remembering Yasmin Ahmad

    Remembering Yasmin Ahmad

    Stepping foot into Yasmin Ahmad\'s gallery in Ipoh, all Mak Inom could do was shed tears. Yasmin\'s mother said, \"Looking at my daughter\'s personal belongings and photographs, I ...read more

  • Orchestral Delights

    Orchestral Delights

    It was full house at the Ipoh Town Hall on Thursday, November 13, when music lovers came together for an evening of music. Presented by BP Healthcare Group, the performance, themed...read more

  • Loo Win's Art Exhibition

    Loo Win's Art Exhibition

    Seventy two watercolour paintings on heritage buildings, coastal sceneries and inland landscapes of Perak, done over the past two years, were on display at the foyer of Syeun Hotel...read more

  • Preparing Students for SPM

    Preparing Students For SPM

    The staging of the play, Gelangang Tuk Wali at the Department of Arts and Culture Perak hall recently, was a success. It achieved its aim of assisting students who were preparing f...read more

  • A Nonya Affair

    A Nonya Affair

    A solo Peranakan-themed exhibition, was held recently at the Sepaloh Art Centre. Themed ‘A Nyonya Affair’ the paintings were by Sherin Ng, an Ipoh-born artist who used ...read more

  • Wood-Fired Ceramics

    Wood-Fired Ceramics

    The three-day ceramic exhibition at Gallery@Sekeping Kong Heng, Ipoh from September 5 to 7 marked the completion of a joint project by 21 ceramic artisans from Malaysia and Singapo...read more

  • Old Town Ipoh Gets ‘Artsy'

    Old Town Ipoh Gets ‘Artsy'

    Old Town White Coffee unveiled a series of murals drawn by renowned artist, Ernest Zacharevic, in conjunction with the Art of OLDTOWN project recently. Ernest had spent one and a h...read more

  • Sepaloh Art Centre

    Sepaloh Art Centre

    Founders of Sepaloh Art Centre, Pojoo Sim and Peggy Lim, opened doors to their first exhibition titled ‘Faces of Ipoh’ on April 27. All photographs exhibited in Faces o...read more

  • “a bit of THIS,a bit of THAT” Concert at klpac

    “a Bit Of THIS,a Bit Of THAT” Concert At Klpac

    This is the event of the year most eagerly-awaited by members of the Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra (KVWO). Established in 2010, this...read more

  • IFAS's First Talk

    IFAS's First Talk

    The Ipoh Fine Arts Society (IFAS), a society with the vision to play a crucial role in the enrichment of Indian Fine Arts, hosted their first talk entitled, ‘The Inaugural IF...read more

  • A Remarkable Programme

    A Remarkable Programme

      The ‘Beyond Developing Ordinary Producing Remarkable Programme’, which was officiated by Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, attr...read more

  • More Than A Ceramic Art Exhibition

    More Than A Ceramic Art Exhibition

    A ceramic art exhibition is currently on going at Lim Ko Pi Gallery until  22 December. The solo exhibition titled  &lsq...read more

  • 20th World Chinese Opera Lovers Festival in Ipoh

    20th World Chinese Opera Lovers Festival In Ipoh

      The Perak Nam Hoi Association, which represents members of the various Chinese Opera associations in the state, recently h...read more

  • From Vienna to Broadway

    From Vienna To Broadway

    The PSPA Singers made their debut with a repertoire of arias in their musical presentation entitled "Voices from Vienna to Broadway" at Tandoor Grill Restaurant in Ipoh recently. A...read more

  • Chinese Opera – Rising like the Phoenix

    Chinese Opera – Rising Like The Phoenix

    Chinese Opera in the Kinta valley is rising like the proverbial Phoenix from its ashes (an expression from Greek mythology, of a l...read more

  • Perak Needs an Art Gallery

    Perak Needs An Art Gallery

      “Perak needs an art gallery” said State Exco for Tourism, Culture and Health, YB Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi. Nolee made the statement at a press conference after ...read more