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Urbanscapes 2019 Edition

For it’s 17th year, Urbanscapes 2019 expands its city-wide takeover with more creative arts programming this November.

Malaysia’s longest-running creative arts festival Urbanscapes partners with U Mobile to take over Kuala Lumpur once again with nine days of music, visual, and performance art from 16 to 24, Nov 2019.

This year’s edition Urbanscapes is expected to draw over 50,000 attendees to its city-wide celebrations. Building on previous year’s themes, Urbanscapes beckons festival-goers to #reconnectKL as they encounter the much-loved festival’s activities that will occupy Medan Pasar, River Of Life, REXKL, The Godown KL, Sentul Depot, Kwai Chai Hong, the backlanes of Lorong Bandar 13 and Lorong Panggung, and other unique spaces in the heart of the city.

Staying true to its ethos, Urbanscapes will once again work with local and international artists and creative communities to bring Kuala Lumpur to life. “We want Urbanscapes to inspire people to get out of their homes and explore their city, to discover new experiences and create meaningful conversations around all the fest has to offer,” says festival founder Adrian Yap. This year, the Unlimited Grooves Festival (UGF) by U Mobile returns with a three-day music extravaganza that will culminate with Urbanscapes’ closing party.

On 21, 22, and 24 Nov at Sentul Depot, UGF will showcase local and international musicians for every palate such as Boy Pablo, Colde, Lost Spaces, Sunset Rollercoaster, and The Drums. UGF’s general tickets have gone on sale on 12 September at www.galactix.asia. The BMW Shorties – Malaysia’s most prestigious and longest running short film competition will also be at Urbanscapes to host Tayangan BMW Shorties, a week-long screening of genre films from Southeast Asia. Held at the iconic REXKL theatre from 16 to 24 Nov, the mini-film festival will culminate with the BMW Shorties Awards Night on 23 Nov, where the Top 10 Finalists and Grand Prize Winner of BMW Shorties 2019 will be announced.

A much-beloved part of the Urbanscapes experience for many are the colourful art installations and public art works. And this year, NIPPON PAINT presents Colours Of Life that commissions emerging and established street artists to bring life and colour to the city. Along with that, IMMERSIO, with its indispensable site-specific new media art curated by audio visual collective Filamen, will produce an interactive arts exhibited paired with performances inside three heritage shophouses in Medan Pasar.

For more information and announcement updates, visit urbanscapes.com.my.

Images are credited to All is Amazing.

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