3 Highlights To Look Forward To At Urbanscapes This Year!

Urbanscapes, the longest-running creative arts festival in Malaysia, is back for 2019! For the past 17 years, Urbanscapes brought together Malaysian creative communities from the fields of music, the arts, design, film and other creative disciplines in a celebration of creativity and the city.

This year, Urbanscapes will spread across two weekends in November at various venues around KL. We personally can’t wait for the festival to start, so we’ve rounded up a few highlights you can look forward to as well!

1. Unlimited Grooves Festival by U Mobile

This three-day music extravaganza, culminating with Urbanscapes’ closing party, will take place on 21, 22, and 24 Nov at the 100-year heritage site of Sentul Depot. Get ready to catch local and international musicians for across a variety of palate-pleasing genres such as Boy Pablo, Colde, Lost Spaces, Sunset Rollercoaster, The Drums and Cuco.

Tickets are currently on sale on galactix.asia from RM 219 to RM 309.

2. BMW Shorties

Making a return to the festival is Malaysia’s most prestigious and longest running short film competition: Tayangan BMW Shorties, a week-long screening of feature and short genre films from Southeast Asia. Held at the iconic REXKL theatre from 16 to 24 November, the mini-film festival will culminate with the BMW Shorties Awards Night on 23 Nov, where the Top 10 Finalists and Grand Prize Winner of BMW Shorties 2019 will be announced. Expect panel discussions and workshops from film industry experts as well, with more to be announced soon.

Admission to this event is free.

3. The art installations

A much-beloved part of the Urbanscapes experience for many are the colourful art installations and public art works. And this year, NIPPON PAINT presents Colours Of Life that commissions emerging and established street artists to bring life and colour to the city.  Look forward to Suzy Sulaiman, whose artworks tend to engage with the public sphere and physical context as well as Condiment Strings, whose strings art are an exploration of texture, dimension, and scale, in which traditional hand techniques such as macrame knotting, and weaving are used to create expressive and fluid forms.

Along with that, IMMERSIO, with its indispensable site-specific new media art curated by audio visual collective Filamen, will produce an interactive arts exhibited paired with performances inside three heritage shophouses in Medan Pasar.

Admission to this event is free.

Urbanscapes 2019 will run over nine consecutive days from 16-24 November. Check out the rest of the highlights below, and look forward to the full lineup when it’s announced on October 15 2019!