What You Must Know About The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)
Published on 22/12/2023
It's hard to imagine the local performing arts industry without The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), as it definitely holds significant identities for everyone: a much-loved home for all avid performers to showcase their dreams, a nurturing land for enthusiastic artists, a centre hub that caters performances that fixes your preferences - nostalgia, entertainment or you name it.
A Journey from Adversity to Triumph
A little history about The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), it is a non-profit company located in Sentul Park, that aims to cultivate and sustain the performing arts for Malaysians. Founded in 1989 by Dato' Dr Faridah Merican and Joe Hasham OAM, The Actors Studio became as a privately owned theater with its own space at Plaza Putra 6 years later. However, fate took an unexpected turn in 2003 when a flash flood devastated the entire underground complex. Undeterred, The Actors Studio joined forces with YTL Corporation Berhad and Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia to give birth to a new performing arts center. In May 2005, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre opened its doors at its current location, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and conveniently accessible transportation options. Check out more here.
More Than Just a Stage: Programs and Perks at klpac
Beyond being a platform for year-round performances, klpac actively cultivates and nurtures the local arts community through various programmes and benefits:
1. Perks for klpac ticket holders
Being a ticket holder of klpac doesn't only come with the great experience of the performances but also perks with their commercial partners. Redemptions are as simple as showing your e-tickets when you visit the shops.
2. Backstage Bites
Explore the 122-year-old award-winning architectural icon with the curated Backstage Bites programme. Participants get exclusive access to backstage areas, catwalks, and the stage used by world-class performers which aren't open for the public. On top of that, a sumptuous local brunch is included, pre-packed for hygiene, allowing you to enjoy it on the grounds or take it home. If your curiosity is piqued, explore further by clicking here!
3. The klpac Orchestra, The klpac Symphonic Band and The klpac String Orchestra
With a commitment to providing enriching and engaging musical experiences for individuals with diverse musical backgrounds, klpac aspires to create an environment that encourages fellowship and mutual respect. The inception of music programmes by klpac not only opens doors for aspiring musicians of all ages, whether amateur or professional, but also contributes significantly to the promotion and appreciation of orchestral music within the community.
4. The Actors Studio Academy (TAS Academy) @klpac
The Actors Studio Academy (TAS Academy), under the umbrella of klpac, caters diverse courses from Pre-School Speech and Drama for 3 to 6-year-olds to Speech and Drama for 7 to 18-year-olds, running year-round with a culminating year-end production, School Holiday programs and specialized courses in acting, directing, vocal, dance, traditional arts, and Malay Gamelan for both children and adults. But it's not just about becoming a superstar – klpac believes those artsy skills are handy in everyday life. Plus, it's all about giving back! TAS Academy runs awesome community programs, bringing the magic of performing arts to the underprivileged for self-improvement and healing. If you are keen, click here for registration!
5. Kabut in the Park
Kabut in the Park isn't your average yard sale; it's a movement. Founder Evangeline Lim envisioned a space where non-retail owners could breathe life into their pre-loved items while contributing to the arts and reducing waste. With no hefty vendor fees and a focus on reducing frills, Kabut in the Park welcomes bargain hunters, students on a budget, theatre enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a unique shopping experience. Items range from everyday essentials to seasonal treasures, and the Free Bins often hold surprises for those seeking a free find. Join the Kabut in the Park community; or register yourselves as vendor here if you have goods to share!
6. SHORT+SWEET MALAYSIA
SHORT+SWEET, the playground for both seasoned and up-and-coming talents. Picture this: 10-minute of self-written plays, dance moves, toe-tapping musicals, sidesplitting stand-up comedy, films with dynamic fusion, and soul-stirring songs, all brought to life by a lineup of the most thrilling artists in town. The best part? It's all original, served up in every Malaysian language, and judged by a panel of experts from various industries alongside the audience. It's not just a show; it's a celebration of diverse talent and a whole lot of fun! This annual festival is usually held throughout the month of October. Stay tuned for show updates and announcement regarding entry and workshops registration here!
klpac: The genesis and continuum of performing arts
In the kaleidoscope of artistic brilliance, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) emerges not only as a venue but as the beating heart of Malaysia's cultural landscape, embodying resilience and community spirit. From overcoming adversity to nurturing emerging talents, klpac vows to provide a holistic experience to the performing arts scene—whether you're a ticket holder, avid artist, or passionate patron. We guarantee that this experience will leave you with a resounding echo of the local performing arts.
Website: www.klpac.org / www.linktr.ee/theklpac
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