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Urbanscapes 2009.

HOPE is a lie we tell to keep us going.

Tru dat.

It was one of the many quotes I found in Box of Ideas, which I discovered during the recent Urbanscapes’09 in KLPAC. It is a project inspired by a group of Malaysians that collect ideas from random everyday people to be packaged in a cigarette box. So instead of getting 20 cancer sticks, you get as many as 100 ideas from contributing parties. Cool eh?

Anyhoots, my Urbanscapes experience was nothing short of fun. Spent the earlier hours in the Cinescapes Stage watching Gadoh, a brave film that peeks into the underlying racial tension in our beloved Bolehland. The ever-present Malay-Chinese conflict was the main subject of the film, and with racism being a topic that is close to my heart, I loved it! It was witty and honest, and sometimes even painful to watch for the truth it rawly presented. There were funny bits and the acting wasn’t all that bad so yeah, it was worth watching.

Not going to spill much here, but I am definitely going to get my colleagues to watch the movie (I bought the DVD).  Check out the trailer:

Wish I could’ve stayed longer  to watch more short films though. There were just too much going on in KLPAC, making it impossible to just stay in the cinema and watch (good) movies all day long.

Besides Gadoh, I had the opportunity to watch a few acts perform in The Lawn Stage and The Box areas. Was looking forward to watch Rendra Zawawi and Khottal perform but tak sempat. The ones I managed to watch were Zalila Lee (she’s a gem!), The Sofa Sessions (hillarious duo with a song made about circumcision. LOL), Pop Shuvit (did a tribute to MJ), and Yuna (she gave me goosebumps during Rocket).

There were also many interesting street performances, ranging from theatre groups doing funny skits, stand-up comedies to percussion groups playing drums and whatnot. I especially liked Tugu Drum Circle, whereby they randomly rounded up passers by to play the instruments and put together a performance. The atmosphere was just so festive!

Tugu Drum Circle

Had Palate Palette’s famous lamb hotdog for lunch, and browsed through the  photography exhibition and all those artsy scraps on display. The usual flea market was tempting too, but I was way too broke to buy anything it ain’t funny yo. Blergh.

In short, Urbanscapes 2009 was AWESOME! Good thing I didn’t feel out of place as I see a lot of people around my age there..tee hee. I remember attending a youth festival in PWTC earlier this year and felt like an old hag upon seing pretentious artsy fartsies and high school-goers going crazy over dresses in flea markets. Sigh.

I came home feeling proud that we Malaysians actually have this pool of creative talents, coming together and putting up a great show. Malaysia Boleh woot! Also felt somewhat jealous la cos I don’t have a single artsy bone in my body WTH. Kudos to the organisers and all participants for the brilliant effort. Can’t wait for next year!


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