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Pesta Raya back with the best of Malay pop and arts

The theme of this year's Malay festival of the arts is inspired by the idea of voyage

Published on Aug 19, 2014 11:19 AM
 

After 12 years, a new curator has taken the helm of the Esplanade's annual Malay arts festival.

Pesta Raya, which returns from Aug 28 to 31, will be curated for the first time by Esplanade producer Rydwan Anwar. He takes over from Ms Norhayati Yusoff who left the arts centre last year.

Mr Rydwan says the idea of merantau - "travel" or "voyage" in Malay - inspired the choice of all the festival's acts this year - from Malaysian pop, soul and R&B diva Ning Baizura to a dance-and-music performance spearheaded by world-renowned gamelan composer Rahayu Supanggah from Indonesia.

He explains that merantau is reflected in "how the Malay culture today in Singapore is influenced by the confluence of different cultures from within and outside of the Malay archipelago".

 
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"The repertoire will be a mix of gamelan music, Malay traditional music and contemporary sounds."

Gamelan master Rahayu Supanggah on his debut full-length presentation, Sakti


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PESTA RAYA - MALAY FESTIVAL OF ARTS

Where: Various venues within the Esplanade

When: Aug 28 to 31, various sessions

Admission: Free and ticketed programmes that start from $19 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555)

Info: For full programme and details, go to www.pestaraya.com


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SAKTI

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

When: Aug 29, 8pm

Admission: $30 and $50 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)


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WANITA (THE WOMEN BY CLARE BOOTHE LUCE)

Where: Esplanade Theatre Studio

When: Aug 28, 8pm, Aug 29, 8pm, Aug 30, 3 and 8pm, and Aug 31, 11am and 8pm

Admission: $30 from Sistic


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RAINBOW FOR YOU (PELANGI UNTUKMU DI SINGAPURA)

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

When: Aug 30, 8pm

Admission: $30, $50 and $70 from Sistic

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