From 16 to 24 November 2019 at The Godown KL, URBN.SENI, the inaugural Triennial Malaysia-Singapore Cultural showcase, will present a stellar line-up of experiences for festivalgoers to enjoy. The line-up will include multiple genres, including music, theatre, film, visual arts, food and design, and will feature notable names such as Malaysian singer-songwriter and rapper, SonaOne, and Singapore’s Alif, Yung Raja and Fariz Jabba. It will also display collaborative works produced during an artist residency programme hosted by the National Art Gallery (Balai Seni Negara) for young artists from both countries, as well as present film screenings and theatrical performances from Singapore and Malaysia. Finally, it will also host a specially-curated Makers’ Market featuring 20 creative makers and brands from Singapore and Malaysia. With such a rich and exciting line-up, URBN.SENI has something for everyone, and is an event not to be missed. A list of programme elements follows:
“Young Blood” (16 November) features up-and-coming artists including singer-songwriter SHN (MY), R&B singer NYK (MY), garage-rock band The Fatalis (MY), indie-band Youth Portal (MY),indie-electronic duo .gif (SG) and teenage songstress Shye (SG).
“Urban Sounds” (17 November) features rap sensations SonaOne (MY) and Alif (SG),who will perform together after releasing a cross-border collaborative album this year. There will also be much-anticipated performances by rappers Fariz Jabba (SG) and Yung Raja (SG), pop and R&B singer-songwriter Charlie Lim (SG), alternative indie folk band Shuuna (MY), Math Rock Band Playburst (MY) and multi-instrumentalist beatmaker Shelhiel (MY).
Visual Arts Showcase
Artworks from the Young Art Entrepreneurs Extend Programme will be showcased on the 1st Floor of the Concrete Building @ The Godown KL throughout the entire run of URBN.SENI. For this exhibition young artists from Singapore and Malaysia produced collaborative works during an arts residency programme hosted by the National Art Gallery (Balai Seni Negara).
Film & Theatre
Film enthusiasts can look forward to catching Singapore’s and Malaysia’s best independent films on 18 and 19 November 2019. Singaporean films Zombiepura (SG) by Jacen Tan and CA$H (SG) by Tan Wei Ting will be screened on 18 November while Malaysian horror thriller film Bunohan (MY) directed by Dain Said and Singaporean thriller film FARAH (SG) directed by Pavithran Nathan will be screened on 19 November. There will also be opportunities for fans to engage with the directors and actors involved in producing the films. Film screenings will start from 6pm onwards at the Main Hall @ The Godown KL.
Visitors can also enjoy theatrical performances featuring acclaimed art troupes from Singapore and Malaysia. From Singapore comes, Missing (SG), directed by film director and screenwriter K.Rajagopal, and starring Neo Swee Lin in a solo performance about a young girl growing up in the 70s and her relationship with her family and Siva, their Indian chauffeur. Missing is co-produced by veteran Singapore theatre practitioners Tan Kheng Hua and Lim Yu Beng, and was adapted by Rajagopal and fellow director Kaylene Tan from writer Ng Swee San’s short story of the same name.
Malaysia’s theatre entry to URBN.SENI is Stereo Genmai (MY), a two-act play that will be performed in Malay and directed by Malaysian novelist and alternative book publisher Ridhwan Saidi. Stereo Genmai is a dark psychedelic adventure about a novelist named K.M. Raslan in search of his lost fictional character named D.
Both theatre shows are set to take place on 21 and 22 November 2019 from 8.00pm onwards at Main Hall @ The Godown KL.
Design enthusiasts can look forward to the Makers’ Market which features 20 creative makers and brands from Singapore and Malaysia under one roof. The market will showcase artisanal items, handcrafted wares, contemporary objects and collectibles on 23 and 24 of November from 11.00am to 7.00pm at the Main Hall @ The Godown KL.
Singapore brands exhibiting at Makers’ Market include: Nom Nom Plush, SayWhat?, Pew Pew Patches, Paperdaise, Wet Tee Shirt, Grey by Ortenhill, The Mindful Co, Salient Label, Twig and Co, Mint & Ordinary.
Malaysian brands exhibiting at Makers’ Market include: Home Too Much, Alwis & Xavier, RojakCulture, Kanoe, Seniman Kakao, TinyPinc, Bentuk Bentuk, Mossery, Lebihlah, Josh Lee.
The Makers’ Market will also host leather-crafting workshops by Leather Society Co (SG) and a succulents workshop by Jacktus Succulents (MY).
Food & Beverage
On the opening weekend of URBN.SENI (16 – 17 November), a special pop-up bar, Mixing It Up will feature Singaporean mixologists Jayden Ong (SG) and Sharmaine Sie (SG) of Singaporean bar Nutmeg and Clove (No.33 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018) and Malaysian bartender CK Kho (MY) of KL bar Coley (No.27 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019). There will also be bar bites by Malaysian chef Chester Low (MY) (aka The Salted Chef) on 16 November 2019.
On 17 November 2019 chef Nicholas Scorpion (MY) who earned his culinary chops at Singapore’s Tipping Club and currently the man behind Jing Ze Contemporary Asian Restaurant will create a SIN-MY menu for festivalgoers titled A Tale of Two Cities. The pop-up food bar will take place at the Concrete Building @ The Godown KL.
Burgers & Beans by The Quarters (SG) and PPP Coffee (SG) will also be offering food and coffee on 23 and 24 November 2019 at Concrete Building @ The Godown KL. Making its first Malaysian pop-up appearance, The Quarters (SG) will introduce a modern Singaporean take on the classic burgers and fries. Meanwhile, PPP Coffee will be serving great brews throughout the Makers’ Market.
URBN.SENI is presented by Singapore’s Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC).