KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — After scoring major acts Tame Impala and M83 for April 23 and May 7, respectively, the city’s favourite creative arts festival, Urbanscapes, has finally confirmed it is returning for the 14th year.
Following stints in Petaling Jaya, Serdang and Genting Highlands, Urbanscapes 2016 is coming home to KL, where it will morph into a two-week-long, citywide creative arts celebration.
The festival will take place between April 23 and May 8 across various venues in Kuala Lumpur, including the historic OCBC Bank building in Medan Pasar, The Bee Publika and KL Live.
Festivalgoers can expect urban playgrounds for music, theatre, design, art installations, markets and experiential events headlined by international and homegrown talents.
Urbanscapes announced today additions to their KL Live lineup, including a music showcase by English drum-and-bass band Rudimental on May 1.
Meanwhile, Malaysian indie alternative rock band Hujan will share a stage with Ipoh indie rockers Bittersweet on April 24.
Across town, The Bee Publika will play host to several intimate gigs.
On April 30, rapper Jin Hackman of the independent hip-hop movement Raising the Bar will collaborate with JUICE Malaysia to present The Night Before Tomorrow (NB4T)
From across the Causeway comes Singaporean experimental art rock band The Observatory on May 5, with a screening of their music documentary THE OBS: A SINGAPORE STORY. This will be followed by a music showcase of their latest album, August is the Cruellest.
The heart of Urbanscapes will be historic Medan Pasar, where the heritage “OCBC Bank” building (now known as 2 Hang Kasturi) will serve as Urbanscapes House.
This festival hub will host three weekends of art festivities spread across five floors.
Apart from a café, the first floor will feature the skate and visual culture art exhibition Cannot Be Bo(a)rdered featuring the works of 26 artists from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.
On the basement level, meanwhile, the building’s bank vault will be transformed into an on-site specific interactive theatre production, entitled The ViCioUs CyCle, that will run from April 29 to May 1. Please note that cover charges apply.
Urbanscapes House will also host three weekends of thematic markets that will explore urban culture, arts & crafts and fashion retail.
Urbanscapes will close with a bang, by throwing a high-energy street party that will take place from 4pm to 9pm on May 8 at Medan Pasar.
Festival faithful, prepare to get a little misty-eyed as the party promises to be a throwback reminding you why you fell in love with it in the first place.
Here, expect to see Malaysia’s artists and creative communities come together to deliver a salvo of artistic endeavours, including street performances and art installations, while food trucks fill the square to tempt you with their enticing fare.
Can’t wait, and welcome home. It’s been too long.
For Urbanscapes 2016’s full lineup, visit urbanscapes.com.my