The classiest things to do in Kuala Lumpur this June 2023

Level up your culture and sophistication with GC's approved events in KL this June.

By Lifestyle Editor

Photo: Alena Murang

From polo, live jazz, opera and art exhibition, this is GC’s roundup of the classy things to do in June 2023, to level up your culture & class journey.

Picture: Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur

LFF2023 x Black Work. L’Œuvre au Noir By Vaultman [Visual Arts Exhibition]

2 June @The Godown

In the face of the fast-paced rhythm of our contemporary lives, the plethora of choices that new media use to satisfy our available brain time, or even the simplistic duality that social networks seem to generate, Vaultman has decided to go against the grain of this informational frenzy by adopting the simplest possible technique in black and white for the works in this exhibition, in an attempt to reconnect with the essential.

From the dialogue between these two tones, an infinity of impressions and emotions can arise, provided that we pay attention to the nuances. Difference appears as a possibility to merge rather than a confrontation between two entities.

Admission is free. To RSVP, click here

Picture: Pathé

3,4,10,11 June @GSC Klang Valley

The Three Musketeers - D'Artagnan (2023)

D'Artagnan, a spirited young Gascon, is left for dead after trying to save a young woman from being kidnapped. When he arrives in Paris, he tries by all means to find his attackers. He is unaware that his quest will lead him to the heart of a real war where the future of France is at stake. Allied with Athos, Porthos and Aramis, three musketeers of the King with a dangerous temerity, D'Artagnan faces the dark machinations of the Cardinal of Richelieu. But it is when he falls madly in love with Constance Bonacieux, the Queen's confidante, that d'Artagnan truly puts himself in danger. For it is this passion that leads him into the wake of the one who becomes his mortal enemy: Milady de Winter.

For tickets, click here

Picture: RMPA

The RMPA Cahaya Cup Final

4 June @ Taman Ekuestrian Putrajaya

Yet another exciting polo final match organised by the Royal Malaysian Polo Association. Where else you can watch sports that combined elegance, majesty, and fun? Polo of course.

Free entry.

Picture: MyDance Alliance

3-4 June @PJPAC

MyDance Festival 2023 - Festival Opening Gala

The Festival Opening Gala, the first programme of the festival at Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre (PJPAC), will highlight some of the most accomplished Malaysian dance companies, including ASK Dance Company, Dua Space Dance Theatre, Kenny Shim Dance Collective, and Temple of Fine Arts Kuala Lumpur. It will also feature students from the dance departments of local tertiary education institutions like the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA), Sultan Idris Educational University (UPSI) and Universiti Malaya (UM).

Traditional dances from Malay, Indian and East Malaysian cultures will grace the stage alongside contemporary dance works that highlight the creativity, skill and talent of Malaysian dancers today. This is a great opportunity for long-time dance fans to catch their favourite performers, as well as for art lovers who are new to dance to discover what makes Malaysian dance special.

For tickets, click here

Picture credit: Gonzales Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

Damien Rice Live in Malaysia 2023

7 June @ KL Convention Centre

Damien Rice started playing and recording with his band Juniper before embarking on his solo career. In 2002, his self-produced debut album O reached #8 on the UK Albums Chart and won the Shortlist Music Prize. Songs such as ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Volcano’ have reached the Top 30 in the UK. From the same album, ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ also charted in 2004 and has been used extensively in various films and television series. The album was notable for its stripped-down instrumentation, raw emotion and haunting melodies, and received critical acclaim for its honest and intimate portrayal of love and loss.

His second album 9 followed in 2006, and after various collaborations, his third album My Favourite Faded Fantasy featuring the single ‘I Don’t Want to Change You’ was released in 2014, peaking at #1 in Ireland and the UK. Known for his introspective and emotionally raw songwriting style, Rice’s music is characterized by his acoustic guitar and unique vocal style. Fans are in for an enthralling evening with Damien Rice.

For tickets, click HERE.​

Picture: Wardrobe

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Kuala Lumpur 2023

8-10 June @Zepp KL

Mercedes-Benz's global commitment to fashion spans more than 20 years, hosting some of the most prestigious events in fashion capitals around the world.

Present in over 45 countries and reaching over 65 platforms, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has had the privilege of serving as the headline sponsor on circuits in New York, Berlin and Beijing and as a partner to fashion week in Paris, London and Milan. ​Among these prestigious events is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Kuala Lumpur (MBFWKL) which sets the stage for cutting-edge world of fashion and the class-leading cars of the brand.

By invitation only.

Picture: Tokyo Auto Salon Kuala Lumpur

Tokyo Auto Salon Kuala Lumpur

9-11 June @MITEC

The renowned Tokyo Auto Salon is set to land and make its inaugural appearance on the shores of Malaysia. Automotive aficionados can look forward to some radical modifications permitted on automobiles, a vast array of automotive accessories and aftermarket services from the local scene and from Japan as well. 20 cars from Tokyo Auto Salon Japan will be brought into Malaysia to be displayed at the event to provide a memorable experience to the visitors.

For tickets, click HERE

Picture: KLPAC.

Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival 2023

9-11 June @KLPAC

Come celebrate KLPAC's 10th year anniversary, from June 9-11th. It is the only one of it’s kind in the world with hundreds of musicians having participated over all these years!

The program will highlight 4 main events beginning with the College night, followed by the premier of the first Virtuoso concert, the Lindy Hop matinee and the 10th Gala Anniversary concert finale that will feature legendary and prominent jazz musicians and groups in the country like Junji Delfino ft. WVC, Pop and Bop, Rhythm Break and many more.

For tickets, click here

Picture: Euroasia Association of Performing Arts

LEFF2023 Concert: Around the World

16 June @Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur

Join leading performers from the Malaysian music scene and prepare to be transported to a world of sublime beauty and emotion through the masterpieces of Mozart, Dvorak, Boccherini, Bizet, and Puccini.

Be mesmerised by one of Malaysia’s most highly acclaimed sopranos Cecilia Yap, and look forward to a special appearance by Euroasia Patron HRH Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin – and a mystery guest performer.

For tickets, click here

Picture: MK31 Production - Universiti Malaya

12 June @Panggung Eksperimen, Universiti Malaya

Teater: Malam Kemerdekaan

This Independence Night Theater is a project implemented by Final Year Students (Third Year), Bachelor of Drama course at the Faculty of Creative Arts, Universiti Malaya. The copy of Malam Kemerdekaan was produced by the National Writer, Usman Awang and published in 1995. This copy brings the background of the night before independence in Malaya in 1957. This work of his contains a unique message full of implications both for the people of Malaysia and to the neighboring country, Indonesia. This script was staged in conjunction with the National Language Decade and Store Theater manifestation program organized by the Language and Library Council and the Malaysian Theater Association on 6 and 7 September 2019.

For tickets, click here

Picture: Alena Murang

Live in Kuala Lumpur: Alena Murang Sky Songs

17 June @PJPAC

Famed as a sape’ songstress, Alena sings in the endangered Kenyah and Kelabit languages and is the first woman to professionally play the lute instrument of the highland tribes of Borneo. Alena has carried the enchanting sounds of the sape’ to over 20 countries, from Iceland to Australia to Thailand to the USA.

With sold out concerts in Sarawak and Taipei, Alena Murang takes flight in KL. Sky Songs, the show, is named after Alena Murang’s second album, her songs inspired by elements of the sky - the thunder, rain, the sun, the morning mist, the stars, the moon; and contemplates how all of nature interacts.

For tickets, click HERE

Picture: VerSeS Music Ensembles

Dido & Aeneas

24 June @The Gardens Theatre

A timeless tale of love and loss comes alive in the upcoming production of Dido and Aeneas, presented by The KL Madrigal Singers and Players. This modern interpretation of the 17th century opera by the English baroque composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), promises to take audiences on a journey of passion, betrayal and heartbreak.

Set in ancient Carthage, Dido and Aeneas tells the story of Dido, the Queen of Carthage and her love for the Trojan hero, Aeneas. Their love flourishes, only to be thwarted by the machinations of an evil sorceress. The tale ends in tragedy, leaving audiences questioning the cost of love and its consequences.

This production promises to be a feast for the senses, featuring a talented cast of singers and glorious music by instrumentalists. From the haunting strains of the overture to the exquisite arias, Henry Purcell’s music will transport you to another time and place.

This show has something for everyone – a passionate love story, compelling singing and even a chorus of evil witches! Most importantly, the moving music of Henry Purcell, which has stood the test of time, creates a love story that anyone can relate to.

For tickets, click HERE

Picture: Le Gourmandin

Menu Le French Festival 2023

1 - 25 June @Gourmandin

For Le French Festival 2023, Le Gourmandin’s Chef Firmin Rieu intends to highlight through a unique menu one of the fundamentals of French cuisine: its perpetual spirit of innovation. He has drawn inspiration from those around him to create a fusion menu that seamlessly combines the influences of Malay, Japanese, North African, and North Indian cuisines with traditional French cuisine.

To RSVP, click here

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