From Launch to Limelight: DPAC's Vision for Children's Arts and Cultural Enrichment

Published on 10/01/2024

Kuala Lumpur, January 9, 2024: The Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) held its 2024 program launch today. The event was graced by the presence of representatives from the National Department for Culture and Arts, various embassies, as well as prominent figures from the arts and business sectors, including Encik Khairul Anuar Bin Samsuddin, Director of the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) Selangor, Ms. Ellen Ko, Director of the Cultural Division at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, and Ms. Ameera Tatiana, representative of the Russian Science and Culture Center, representatives from Yayasan Sime Darby, CloudJoi, among others. The highlight of the day was the unveiling of the inaugural Damansara Children's Arts and Culture Carnival.

The grand launch took place at DPAC, where guests gathered to reveal the artistic events planned for 2024. The Damansara Children's Arts and Culture Carnival, a key feature of DPAC's 2024 program, spans over a period of four days and aims to provide a creative and artistic feast for the children. This is DPAC's first venture into organizing a children's arts event, and it also signifies the center's commitment to expanding the artistic landscape, involving more young artists and audiences. Founder Datin Jane Lew expressed during the launch that the carnival would serve as a platform to showcase children's talents, by igniting their creativity through workshops, performances, and interactive tutorials, thus providing a comprehensive artistic experience for children. Additionally, the carnival includes a wide array of activities for families, such as sachet-making, Messy Play, Farm in the City etc. 

The introduction of the Damansara Children's Arts and Culture Carnival captured widespread attention and discussions among the guests. They expressed anticipation for witnessing the creativity and artistic displays during the carnival. The success of this launch event serves as a prelude to DPAC's vibrant cultural activities in 2024, with the Damansara Children's Arts and Culture Carnival emerging as one of the most anticipated highlights of the year. DPAC remains committed to bringing more exciting cultural activities to the local community, fostering the integration of arts into the community.

In addition to the Damansara Children's Arts and Culture Carnival, DPAC will once again ignite the "Spring Fest 2024" event on February 24th and 25th, featuring a diverse range of performances including dance, music, Cantonese opera, diabolo, and lion dance. This marks DPAC's return to hosting Chinese New Year festivities after a three-year hiatus. In addition to the varied performance lineup, DPAC will set up a lantern riddle street and a series of discount vouchers will be offered to the audience as Chinese New Year delights. A special highlight is the lion dance presented by the ShiYuan Dragon & Lion Dance Sports, narrating the story of the God of Prosperity and the lion dance in a unique and innovative way.

Opening speech by Datin Jane Lew, CEO of Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)

During the launch event, Datin Jane proudly announced the formal establishment of an association by DPAC — Persatuan Kebudayaan Dan Kesenian Damansara. "As the founder of this non-profit association, we will uphold the idea of bringing people together through arts education, thereby promoting the development of art and culture, such as the 'Adopt an Artist' program and International Art Exchange Programs, providing more creative opportunities and educational resources for Malaysia's art community," she added.

Concluding the press conference with a flawless Diabolo performance by DiAbolution.

Next, the d'Next Artist Project, Theatre No Theatre, and the d'Motion International Dance Arts Festival will take the stage, injecting a rich artistic atmosphere into the entire year of 2024. The launch event concluded with an invitation extended to DiAbolution, who delivered a superb Diabolo performance, bringing a perfect closing to the press conference.

These exciting and diverse artistic activities will further enrich the cultural calendar of the Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC), offering audiences with more thrilling experiences. 2024 is destined to be a rich year filled with creativity, and DPAC looks forward to sharing this moment with everyone! For more information about DPAC's upcoming event, stay tuned to or check out our social media platforms:
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