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《小戲節》 from 單細胞小劇團, on 2017 New Year's Eve at Seng Cheong Society Youth Section Malacca (晨钟励志社)

Happy 2017 New Year!! Little play on the Eve.

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《小戲節》 from 單細胞小劇團, on 2017 New Year's Eve at Seng Cheong Society Youth Section Malacca (晨钟励志社)

Surprise fireworks of the play, 《小戲節》 from UniPlay Space (單細胞小劇團), on 2017 New Year’s Eve at Seng Cheong Society Youth Section Malacca (晨钟励志社)

Recommended by a good friend, I dropped by and enjoyed a wonderful play, 《小戲節》 from UniPlay Space (單細胞小劇團), on the new year eve at Seng Cheong Society Youth Section Malacca (晨钟励志社) a historical building in Melaka. Three little stories related to our social issues with three different setup on sites of the building, which encouraged us to walk from scene to scene for each play. And at the end of the play, there was a surprise fireworks to celebrate 2017 New Year.

Feel free please to visit UniPlay Space’s Facebook page for their next performance. Thank you again for bringing such amazing performance in Melaka.

Happy New YEEar! May all be happy, be peace, be harmony 😀

Happy Wesak Day 2016

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One of the float from Seck Kia Eenh Buddhist Temple passing by the iconic Clock Tower outside Stadthuys of Melaka

One of the float from Seck Kia Eenh Buddhist Temple passing by the iconic Clock Tower outside Stadthuys of Melaka

Wishing all Buddhists a very happy and blessed Wesak Celebration. May Wesak Day brings all peacEE and harmony.

Some photos taken during my visit to the Wesak Day Procession in Melaka yesterday with Kenn Wai. 🙂

Kenn and I visiting Wesak's procession this year.

Kenn and I visiting Wesak’s procession this year.

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One of the symphonic band, from SMJK Yok Bin

One of the symphonic band, from SMJK Yok Bin

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Lion dance team from Sam Tiong Keng Temple, Semabok Melaka

Lion dance team from Sam Tiong Keng Temple, Semabok Melaka

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Trishaws providing rides to senior citizens.

Trishaws providing rides to senior citizens.

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Float from Centre Of Humanistic Buddhism Malacca

Float from Centre Of Humanistic Buddhism Malacca

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6th MAPFest 2014 – day 3

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It was the last day of the MAPFest took place last Sunday in which about 70 local and international artists came to Melaka and performed on the streets and its famous historical sites such as St. Paul Church and Stadthuys. The festival draws inspiration to this little town, creates spaces for culture and art.

Having some free time on Sunday noon, I made a trip to the venue. Arriving at the landing site of St. Paul’s Hill, the second GAIP (General Assembly of Interested Parties) performance with the collaboration of the artists was going on. After the performance was going on, I continued to explore the notion of ascent around the sites and discovered another performance at the site of A’ Farmosa, which the artists seemed like dreamers obsessed with love and desire, being hynotized then moving their way up to the top of the hill and continued under the big tree next to the old church.

Straight after that, there was a last GAIP performance at the same site. GAIP performances are collaboration of artists in a so-called broader social performance, it’s very interesting, as stated in the program booklet, “...each participant is ready, willing, able and stimulated, by bringing an attitude and practice of generosity in the facilitation of an individual or collective catharsis/libration/moment of transcendence……there is no expectation of formality within performers relationships, just mutual respect and responsibility”.

It is wet season in Malaysia at this time of the year. The evening was heavy down pour and fortunately it stopped before the grand finale, a large scale performance ‘Eulogy for the Living’ by most artists. Yet the ground was wet, the artists continued the performance on the wet gravel path, even sitting and dancing on it. The last performance was directed by Malaysian born artist, Tony Yap, also founding creative director of MAPFest. We eulogized that evening.

I enjoyed the visual and sound on the three-day festival. Thanks again to the organising committees, helpers, artists and sponsors for the great event held here and continue the effort every year. It was not only attracting visitors to Melaka for its heritage, but making our town a creative hub for innovative arts, and giving us an opportunity to meeting new friends. So let’s wait for the next MAPFest in 2015!

Some snaps during the last day. May all bEE happy.

6th MAPFest 2014 – day 3

the second GAIP (General Assembly of Interested Parties) performance

from left Elnaz Sheshgelani and Gita Kinanthi at MAPFest 2014

an installation art at the landing site of St. Paul’s Hill

third GAIP performance near A’ Farmosa Fort

Felix Ho at MAPFest 2014

local artist Lee Kien Fei at MAPFest 2014

grand finale of MAPFest 2014, ‘Eulogy for the Living’

AñA Wojak at the MAPFest 2014

projection on the wall next to the open grave of Xavier’s burial

6th MAPFest 2014 – day 2

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Today is the second day of the 6th MAPFest. Reading the program booklet, there are lots of amazing performances arranged for today which I would not want to miss it even though it was a busy Saturday.

I was one of the groomsmen for a good friend’s wedding this morning. After his wedding at about noon, immediately I headed to one of the station of the MAPFest, St. Paul’s Hill. Yeay! This time the battery of my camera was fully charged.

It’s school holiday this month so it wasn’t surprise to see so many people up the hill. The St. Paul’s Church was packed with locals and tourists admiring this historic church and enjoying themselves with the special programs of the festival. So did I.

When I arrived at the venue, an improvised sound and voice performance called ‘Towards A New Moon’ by Domenico De Clario and various artists was about to start. A number of items were ready at the site and artists used those items to create sound, songs of stories.

During the play of ‘Pontianak’ the crowd didn’t expect a sudden down pour from a hot sunny weather. Even though it rained for a short time, it couldn’t kill the spirit of the ‘pontianak’. They kept going with their professional performance expressing the mean of sexual norms and sensibilities especially for woman in different culture, through the stories of how and why each of the turned into pontianak.

There were other stunning performances going on however I had to leave to get ready for an appointment and covering a wedding reception in the evening. As I walked to where I parked my car near Stadthuys, then I noticed there were other installation including one near the Cendol place at the Melaka River side and performances going on at the other sites. It is best to spend a half day walking from site to site and try to cover and explore as many performances as possible. It will keep you surprised, that’s what I will do for tomorrow, the last day of the 6th MAPFest.

So the Cerita Pendek 2 will begin shortly as I writing this. As soon this evening. It’s raining heavily now and hope that the weather turn well so that the show can carry on.

Here are some shots taken today. Please join and support the MAPFest tomorrow, or else it will be another year of wait. 🙂

May all bEE happy!

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‘Towards A New Moon’ by Domenico De Clario and various artists

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the ‘Pontianak’

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umbrellas for the ‘Pontianak’ show

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Meredith Elton

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installation at the riverside of Melaka River

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#MelakaArtandPerformanceFestival #MAPFest #MAPFest2014 #MAPFest6

6th MAPFest 2014 is back in Melaka – Cerita Pendek 1

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When the walls of St. Paul’s Church of Melaka are illuminated on the evening during this period of the year, Melaka Art & Performance Festival (MAPFest) is returning to town. One of the the program, Cerita Pendek is held on the first and second evening of the three-day festival on the hill of St. Paul’s Church.

I wouldn’t want to miss this one of the greatest events held in Melaka in which many international artists from over ten countries are here to perform in this little world heritage town. So after a portrait session in the afternoon, I managed to rush to the venue for the evening’s program, Cerita Pendek and captured some shots before the battery of camera ran dead 15 minutes after the show began.

Without having to shoot, I relaxed and enjoyed the whole evening of two hours of great dances, song and sound, performing arts and choreography. A big thanks to the wonderful evening to the organizing committees, helpers and artists from over the world for making it happen this evening.

Tomorrow will be the another session of Cerita Pendek in evening by the other artists, and do not miss the other programs in the morning and afternoon. A full program booklet can be obtained here. Fellow Malaccans and guests to Melaka, hope to see you tomorrow and Sunday.

Here are some flashback of 2012’s MAPFest. May all bEE happy. 🙂

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first performance of the evening by Meredith Elton

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‘dead body’ of Alan Schacher on his performance, I could still remember his fantastic performance with Wei-Zen Ho on MAPFest 2012

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the artists of the evening’s performing arts saying good night to the audiences 🙂

#MelakaArtandPerformanceFestival #MAPFest #MAPFest2014 #MAPFest6

周金亮与林文荪的《听梦飞翔》的马六甲音乐分享会

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周金亮与林文荪的《听梦飞翔》音乐分享会

周金亮与林文荪的《听梦飞翔》音乐分享会

小时候,有个很熟悉的名字–周金亮。在90年代,cafe不多,其中是海螺民歌餐厅。而喜欢泡在海螺,听听吉他演奏的自创歌曲的朋友,相信都很熟悉周金亮这位音乐人的名字。

上个月,看见了一位朋友,Jasond在面书分享一个音乐分享会–周金亮与林文荪的《听梦飞翔》,就在马六甲沂水阁沉香书艺廊。 刚好那一天得空,便出席了。

当到了沂水阁,看见了Jasond和几位朋友在大厅聊天,其中一位就是周金亮前辈。当时没认出,因为印象中他是长发披肩的,象rocker一样。直到音乐会开始了,才认出他。这时,他已经是梳理整齐的短发,满头银发,经历了多少岁月,人也爽朗成熟了。

开场,他独自一人,和大家近距离的聊天,分享自己的经历和音乐心得,再用歌曲自弹自唱和大家以音乐对话。唱了一些老歌如罗大佑的《东方之珠》,John Denver的《Today》,大家也朗朗的跟着哼,很是享受。

到了中场,周前辈介绍另外一位歌手–林文荪。对这个名字,这位年轻的女生,还是比较陌生。但从她从观众席走了出来,再清唱一段民族歌谣《青藏高原》,大家才被她的嗓子给震撼了。

她接着唱了大家都会,也跟着哼唱的《我是一只小小鸟》,周前辈在傍伴弹。然后唱了由傅承得前辈的诗,周前辈作曲的《一颗种籽》,一首意义非凡的歌曲,让我们要爱惜自己的母语,也要记得曾经为华教奋斗人士的精神,明白前人种树后人乘凉,所以更要珍惜华教和将华文发扬光大。

重头戏当然是周前辈创作的林文荪首张EP《农夫》。林文荪遇到了伯乐,EP里边的歌曲都是周前辈为林文荪的音色和唱风所量身定作的。当晚他们呈献了EP里边的歌曲,包括主打歌《农夫》,曲风有点古典很是独特。

唱到了尾声,大家都很享受怀念的歌曲,和林文荪的歌声和他们来了的新创作。听到了这么好听的EP专辑,当然也支持了!听听这支在适耕庄由导演Dick Chua(一位很欣赏的大马导演)拍摄的《农夫》MV:

http://www.listentosuen.com/nongfu/

谢谢Jasond和沂水阁所举办这次的音乐分享会,和周金亮与林文荪这对亦师亦友带来的好听歌曲和音乐的心路历程。希望大家喜欢这张EP专辑,有兴趣购买的朋友,可以到位于马六甲荷兰街12号的沂水阁购买。

愿一切众生心有喜乐,分享一些当晚拍摄的照片:

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