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10 Cultural Events to Have on Your Radar This Year

CG’s top cultural highlights for 2023 – from across Malaysia's of art, music, theatre and more.

By Culture Editor

We’ve put together a list of arts and cultural activities which will run throughout this year season to fill your soul with music, opera, theatre and wrestling fun: from a sumptuous moon-themed dinner accompanied by jazz performances and an immersive Van Gogh art exhibition, to the musical genius of Hans Zimmer, we've got your next few months covered.

  1. Van Gogh Alive

Audiences will have the unique opportunity to fully experience Van Gogh’s artistry and truly immerse themselves in his world. From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound, and fragrance that has been described as an ‘unforgettable’ multi-sensory experience.

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Until 16 March. Pavilion Bukit Jalil, Level 3, Kuala Lumpur.

  1. Romeo & Juliet

For all in the family, a tale of young love and loss served with sensitivity and humour  characteristic of the renowned KL Shakespeare Players.

For the first time, live orchestral music, under the baton of Bentley Music Academy's Director of Academic & Artistic Development, Kevin Field, will accompany the storytelling to highlight the poignancy of this tale, which has moved composers, past and present.

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Between 18 and 19 February. Bentley Music Auditorium, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

  1. Yesterday Once More 4

Treat your loved ones to some of the most loved classics from the 40s to the 70s. They are in for a relaxing time with music from some of the greatest crooners and soul singers such as The Platters, Joni Mitchell, Louis Armstrong, Bee Gees, Shirley Bassey, Nat King Cole, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley.

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8 February and between 9 - 12 February. KLPAC.

  1. La Traviata

La Traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La Dame aux camélias (1852), a play by Alexandre Dumas fils adapted from his own 1848 novel. A courtesan as refined as a La Traviata. How she evolved from a courtesan to a daughter of a rich family, met her lover, and experienced a tragic ending.

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11 February and 14 February. Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

  1. Maksim Live

The world-renowned crossover pianist Maksim is returning to Malaysia after 18 years! The ground-breaking Maksim is recognised as the world’s highest-selling crossover pianist, who has sold over four million copies of his albums throughout 57 countries. The star will be playing the greatest hits of all time by Coldplay, John Legend, Queen, themes from movies like Godfather, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones, some classical masterpieces by Liszt and Chopin along with the biggest pieces from his previous ten albums like Flight of the Bumblebee, Exodus and many more.

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14 February. KL Convention Centre.

  1. MYPW New Breed

Enjoy the best of Malaysian pro wrestling this 18th February at KuAsh Theatre TTDI🇲🇾 featuring a NEW BREED of talent from Malaysia Pro Wrestling Developmental Centre.

Alongside Grapplemax & Vicious Pursuit and featuring talents from Melbourne City Wrestling, Manila Wrestling Federation,SPW & WrestleFest DXB, MYPWNewBreed is a must-see event for wrestling fan.

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18 February. KuAsh Theatre TTDI

  1. Melur The Musical

Brought to you by the award-winning creators of Sepet The Musical, Liver & Lung’s brand new production Melur The Musical retells the harrowing story of the Pontianak: hell hath no fury like a Malayan woman scorned.

Set in Colonial Malaya during the Malayan Emergency, the musical chronicles the lives of two women, Melur and Cempaka, bound by love and friendship but separated by conflicting values. Namely, they have married the most different of men.

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Between 16 to 26 February. PJPAC.

  1. Shakespeare Demystified: MACBETH

This unique abridged production condenses the normally three-hour long Shakespeare’s masterpiece into 100 minutes, with a focus on the play’s iconic scenes in original Shakespearean English. Narration is delivered in contemporary English, punctuating the performance in order to provide context, character analyses and clarifications of unfamiliar “Shakespearean expressions”. It features five actors, stretched across more than 20 roles. Utilising a minimal set, uncomplicated lighting and live music, the production focuses on the actors’ skills and the audience’s imaginative interaction to enliven Shakespeare’s words.

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Between 15 March to 19 March. KLPAC.

  1. Brahms Violin Concerto

The gloriously epic Brahms violin concerto was written for Joseph Joachim, the leading violinist of his time and his lifelong friend. Featuring MPO Concertmaster Peter Daniš, this masterpiece of the Romantic era soars with lyricism, innate virtuosity, and raw symphonic power. The MPO performs Mozart’s formidable Symphony No. 41, the “Jupiter”, widely recognized as the pinnacle of Mozart’s instrumental writing.

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20 May. Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

  1. The Music of Hans Zimmer

The Music of Hans Zimmer is back! Film composer Hans Zimmer has scored over 150 films and some of the most thrilling soundtracks of the last 30 years. Seamlessly combining electronic elements with symphonic textures to great dramatic effect, his work has garnered two Academy Awards and four Grammys. Don’t miss this selection of powerful and enigmatic hits including themes from Dune, Interstellar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, Inception and The Dark Knight.

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Between 27 and 28 October. Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

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