5 Things To See And Do At The Cooler Lumpur Festival

The Cooler Lumpur Festival is back for 2017, and this time they’ve got their eyes firmly fixed on the future!

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Like previous years, the 5th edition of The Cooler Lumpur Festival will once again look to the social, political, technological, and cultural ideas that have become representative of these times and tell the story of our collective futures. Whether it’s speculating on the future of food or journalism and entertainment in this age of technological leaps, you can be sure that the festival will explore these issues in a way that’ll make you think and delight your senses at the same time.

So if you’re heading to the festival in Publika from 17 – 20 August, here are 5 exhibits and events we think you shouldn’t miss out on.

1. A VR Art Performance By Aimi Sekiguchi

Curious about the whole Virtual Reality (VR) thing that seems to be all the rage these days? Experience it for yourself with a live 15-minute VR performance by former Japanese Idol and singer, Aimi Sekiguchi. The performance will be followed by a live taping of BFM’s At The Movies podcast.

When: August 20, 8 pm – 9.30 pm

2. Are Malaysian Youths Today As Informed As They Need To Be?

In this age of speedy Internet and social media, there’s no excuse for being uninformed. There’s information aplenty out there, but how do you know if it’s actually trustworthy? This panel with journalists from Cilisos promises to be an interesting discussion.

When: August 18, 12 pm – 1 pm

3. No Outside Food Allowed

Roti canai and curry laksa may seem like Malaysian staples now, but they would never have been born if not for migrant workers from India and China all those years ago. In collaboration with The Picha Project, this dinner celebrates the cuisines of some of the most hardworking people in Malaysia– refugees and migrant workers. The dinner will be fully prepared by today’s refugees, featuring cuisines that will one day weave itself into the rich tapestry of Malaysian life. Registrations required at RM80 per head.

When: August 19, 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm

4. The Perempuan Problem: If You Don’t Cut Me, I Still Bleed

This panel asks all the hard-hitting questions about what it means to be a woman. From what women want, to balancing work and family, and dismantling gender stereotypes, expect thought-provoking and inspiring discussion in this panel featuring Su-Ann Yoon, Irene Wong. Lina Teoh, and Suri Kempe.

When: August 20, 5 pm – 6 pm

5. Dear Diary, July 2037: A Futures Exploration Workshop

Put on your thinking caps and have fun at this workshop which will challenge you to think intelligently about what the future holds for all of us. Don’t worry, you’ll be guided by current global and regional trends and global security futurist, author, professor and speaker Amy Zalman.

When: August 20, 12 pm – 1 pm