Weekend by numbers: 24.05.19 to 26.05.19

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on May 24, 2019.
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3 raya-related activities

RIUH’S three-day Raya special will take place from today until Sunday between 4pm and midnight in Sentul Depot at Sentul West. The creative platform with curated pop-up stores, food, creative workshops, live acts and showcases is bound to set the Raya mood with a multitude of goodies to welcome the celebrations. Among the activities available is the breaking of fast with refugee families of Picha Eats, for which seats can be booked via www.riuhinthecity.peatix.com. Other activities include ketupat making while enjoying Nona Malaya music with a contemporary twist by Ushera and Dikir Barat from Baizam Generation. Visit www.facebook.com/riuhinthecity for full details.


GO green with a reusable sampul raya by Dignity for Children Foundation’s — a non-governmental organisation that provides holistic care and education for urban poor children in Kuala Lumpur — transformational social enterprise, Sew x Dignity. Taking the place of single-use paper envelopes, these multipurpose ones are made using Indonesian cotton batik. Each set of five (RM50) purchased will give seven refugee and migrant women extra income for their families, as well as contribute towards the education costs for over 1,700 children in the centre. Visit www.dignityforchildren.org to purchase.


VISIT the Senandung Raya Art Exhibition at Publika Shopping Gallery to view the 50 artworks of 20 local artists. The exhibition matches the shopping mall’s theme inspired by Senandung Express, a late-night train travel between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore in which most people used to go back to their hometown in the good old days. The exhibition is ongoing at the Blue Zone Boulevard, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur and open to visitors between 10am and 10pm.



1 exhibition to visit

FOR the 16th instalment of the G13 Project Room, the gallery exhibits Revisitation: The series of Cereka Kampung by artist Faiz ZA. Visualising his hometown of Perak, his work emphasises everyday activities of the community, studying the scenery and the people. There is also a sense of the artist’s frustrations and distrust of the system of labour and the authorities whom he worked with. Check out the exhibition, which runs until June 1, between 11am and 5pm today and tomorrow at G13 Gallery, Ground Floor, Block B, Kelana Square, Jalan SS 7/26, Petaling Jaya. For more information, call (03) 7880 0991 or visit www.g13gallery.com.



1 arts fund to check out

THE INXO Arts Fund 2019, established by the INXO Arts & Culture (L) Foundation — a venture that aims to support and fund artists — is now open for submission once again. Since 2017, the INXO Arts Fund has given out RM200,000 of funding and sponsored 26 projects, including performing arts, audio visual arts, documentaries, community projects, photography and more. This year, there is a total of RM100,000 to be allotted to 10 selected proposals at any amount between RM3,000 and RM10,000 for each proposal. To find out if your creative project falls within the requirements for application, download the submission form and obtain further information, visit www.inxo.org.my.



3 festive wear shopping options

H&M launched its second drop of effortlessly chic kaftans, kimono-tunics and long, flowy dresses in time for the Raya festivities. The colour palette features leafy greens and dusty pink reigning alongside vivid flower prints and dashes of white. Shop the collection at H&M, Lot 10, 1 Utama, Avenue K, Sunway Pyramid, IOI City Mall and online at www.hm.com.


MARKS & Spencer has unveiled a specially curated womenswear collection in celebration of Raya this year. The tailored pieces such as an embellished kaftan in pink or an ombre foil lace dress in blue have a hint of modern detailing with a touch of elegance. The collection that showcases an on-trend colour palette is available in store at selected stores nationwide, subject to in-store availability.


ONLINE fashion portal Jazz & Co has launched its Dina Nadzir Plus Size Raya Collection. Created in collaboration with Dina Nadzir — Malaysian Idol Season 1 runner-up who has previously worked with the fashion portal in promoting empowerment and body positivity — the collection invites everyone to embrace their curves this festive season. Featuring stylised motifs of floral patterns and geometrical shapes in a colour palette ranging from vibrant to dark, it is bound to have something for everyone. Visit www.jazznco.com to check out the collection, enjoy promotions and more.



2 performances to catch

CATCH Reza Salleh and his finger-snapping, lindy-hopping swinging band The Frankie Sixes at Bobo KL tonight and tomorrow. Tickets are priced at RM45 for patrons dining at the venue and RM60 for non-diners. Bobo KL is located at 65-1 Jalan Bangkung, Taman Bandaraya, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Call (03) 2092 5002 or visit www.bobokl.com for reservations, ticketing and more.


THE Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) presents The Music of James Horner, a tribute to movie music. Famous for his use of Celtic and electronic music, Horner’s scores include some of the highest-grossing films of all time, namely Star Trek, Titanic and Avatar. Catch the show at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Level Two of Tower Two, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur. Tickets priced at RM226, RM179, RM150 and RM113 for the 3pm shows tomorrow and on Sunday can be purchased via the venue’s website. For more information, visit www.mpo.com.my.