The second half of the year is gearing up to continue the streaks of fun festival vibes with many bazaars, musicals, and cultural exhibitions! Don’t let your July be another drab month.
Comic Art Festival Kuala Lumpur 6 (CAFKL 6)
Highlighting the best of and upcoming Malaysian talents in illustration and comic art culture, the CAFKL is back for its 6th edition! Art demonstrations, guest artist talks, and forums by members of the industry will be just among the many exciting visual displays, and will cover the many styles, languages and origins the Malaysian scene has to offer. Head over to KL Gateway Mall for a whole day of artsy goodness.
Date: 6 – 7 July 2019
Venue: The Hall, Upper Ground, Kuala Lumpur Gateway Mall, Lorong Kerinchi Kiri 2, Kampung Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Website: Comic Art
Wildlife Workshop + Camera Trapping
Great for an Earth-conscious family weekend, the FRIM-MNS Nature Education Centre (NEC) will be organising a workshop on the different kinds of forests found in the country, as well as on the animals that inhabit them. Highlights of the workshop are learning how camera traps are utilised by conservationists in the field, and actual footage of animals that have been spotted. Fees are RM85 per child and RM50 per parent. Registration is available through the event page on Facebook.
Date: 13 July 2019
Venue: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), 52109 Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
The Working Dead: A Musical
The fruit of last year’s workshop production is here to present you the fully fleshed-out, all-original, all-Malaysian cast and crew musical! Featuring toxic work culture, in which a boss enlists a bomoh (shaman) to bring back his best and hardest worker (much to the horror of the worker’s wife and colleagues), feast your eyes on zombies, music, and fun! Tickets are available on klpac’s Facebook event page.
Date: 18 July to 4th August 2019
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, 51100 Kuala Lumpur
Website: Working Dead
Bon Odori 2019
The Bon Odori festival celebrating the Japanese folk festival of honouring ancestral spirits is back for the 43rd time! A long-time display of Malaysian-Japanese relations, this festival is perfect for Japanese expats residing in Malaysia and lovers of the Japanese culture. Come dressed in the cultural summer yukata and spend the night at Kompleks Sukan Negara Shah Alam (Panasonic) dancing the mass folk dances and feasting on Japanese street food!
Date: 20 July 2019
Venue: Kompleks Sukan Negara Shah Alam (Panasonic), Persiaran Perkilangan, Seksyen 21, 40300 Shah Alam, Selangor
Website: Bon Odori
Anne Marie LIVE
Newest international breakthrough artist Anne-Marie is set to perform her hits such as ‘Rockabye’, ‘Alarm’, and ‘2002’ at KL Live for one night only! Tickets are on sale at Warner Music Malaysia’s store on the LazMall through the Lazada app, or on Lazada.com.
Date: 22 July 2019
Venue: KL Live at Life Centre, 20, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Website: Anne Marie
Curious Crafts Bazaar
Makers & Co are around once more with craft bazaars aiming to showcase Malaysian creativity and nostalgia for sale. Head down to 1 Mont Kiara’s main concourse to discover wonderous, unique, and quirky crafts from all sorts of whimsical vendors!
Date: 26 July 2019
Venue: 1 Mont’ Kiara, 1, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Japan Expo Malaysia 2019
With fascinating aspects of Japan already beloved by Malaysians, this year’s Japan Expo Malaysia is set to spectacular heights for its second run! Many prestigious guests from all fields such as cosplayers, origami, Kyudo (Japanese archery), and Kendoma (Japanese skill toy) will be present and ready to help you learn more about Japan’s past times. And with the 2020 Olympic Games set to be hosted by Tokyo, expect so much more in discovering Japanese culture at Pavillion, Kuala Lumpur!
Date: 26 – 28 July 2019
Venue: Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur