Feed your soul with art, market and music events happening this April.


#1 Ichiko Aoba Asian Tour

18 April, 2017, Black Box, DPAC



Ichiko Aoba stops over in KL as part of her Asia Tour 2017. Having performed alongside renowned Japanese musicians such as Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Keigo Oyamada aka Cornelius, the singer-songwriter has come a long way since her debut in 2010, at the age of 19.

Blessed with an exceptionally tranquil, bright voice, she recently released her fifth album “Mahoroboshiya”. Supported by local acts Liyana FiziBayangan and Wee Ting, the show will be backed by the creative live visuals of The Tomoe.

Get a taster of her mellow indie sound here:


Details: 18 April, 8pm, Black Box, Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)RM 70 presale till 17 April, RM 80 at the Door. Admission: 12 years old and above.
Buy tickets here.


#2 Owls Know: An enchanting owl photography exhibition
24 April – 02 May 2017



Award-winning artist Shamma Esoof will be showing her debut solo photography exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. In conjunction with International Mother Earth Day, the show entitled “Owls Know” will feature a series of striking portraits of owls shot at various locations in Malaysia.

Having won several awards such as the 2014 Smithsonian Altered Image Category Award, Capture the Moment Grand Prize 2013, amongst others, Mauritius-born Shamma has been putting her art to the service of animal welfare advocacy for over a decade. Her body of work consists of mainly animal portraits with the majority shot in Malaysia.  Among the causes that Shamma supports are nature conservation and responsible pet guardianship.

The exhibition is curated by Kenneth Wong, founder of People Ideas Culture 人思文, a social enterprise NGO.

For more information, contact:  [email protected], +60183668770

Details: 24 April – 2 May, 2017, March Azalea Kitchen 40, Jalan Awan Hijau, Taman Overseas Union Kuala Lumpur. Entrance is free.



#3 Play It Again Sam

22 April, 8pm, VE Hotel and Residence Bangsar South


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Play it Again Sam is an evening of poetry, monologues and song dedicated to the passing of two renowned Malaysian artists  – actor/producer Samantha Schubert and food/travel writer Fay Khoo. Hosted by SHELAH and featuring a diverse collective of performers including Anitha Abdul Hamid, Bella Rahim, Bihzhu, Chelsia Ng, Dawn Cheong, Elvira Arul, Ellynita Lamin, Gavin Yap, Junji Delfino, Malik Taufiq, Maya Tan, Sarah Shahrum, Shanthini Venugopal, Susan Lankaster and  Zahim Albakri, the show will also be backed by the Michael Veerapen Trio. Proceeds go towards the National Cancer Society of Malaysia’s Children’s Home of Hope.

Details: 22 April, 2017, 8pm, Veranda Bar & Lounge, VE Hotel & Residences, Bangsar South. Ticket prices: RM 60 & RM 80. For reservations: +6010 279 2862. 



#4  Baak Fo Kongsi

29-30 April, 2017​ ​

Oh Happy Gift
In Chinese, the phrase translates to the word “supermarket”. Literally, it means “one hundred items”, while the word “kongsi” in Malay is “to share”. 

All three meanings are combined to form the theme of the event: a friendly marketplace where each vendor will share and showcase up to a maximum of one hundred carefully selected items from their own personal collections.
Visitors will be able to find travel basics, personal accessories, homeware, beauty products, stationery, publications, found or pre-loved items and more. Vendors include:Art, My FootCocorawCoralc Atelier CoFairy Waltz Collections 精灵の华尔兹Hammer & StoneMadame YekMedium Rare StoreMomage ArtMossery物所 MosoOh Happy GiftOhleafsgSaudagar & Co.SlowSoaps.comTAKOSTumbleknots and twizs.com.
Details: 29 & 30 April 201​7 , ​12​pm – ​7​pm, Awegallery, 21, Jalan 20/13, Taman Paramount, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, www.facebook.com/events/176305006210229. Free admission



#5 It’s Just a Thing

29 & 30 April, 2017, OurArtsProject




If you’d like to explore a more a different kind of market, check out It’s Just A Thing.

Curated by Ilham Gallery’s Chi Too, It’s Just a Thing has been labelled  ‘an arts market that’s not really an arts market because IT’S JUST A THING.’  Visitors will find crafty artists and their output the likes of Ohsum Mossum TerrariumsKANTA box kamraLiew Kwai Fei and Minstrel Kuik, Ren Xin Lee, Daniel Chong, Wisma by Ibnu Alfadli Othman, Biji Kels (Nadia J Mahfix and Yoke Tan), The Ricecooker Archives, NOWORNEVER Design, chi too, Pedlars of SunshineTalisman Project, and possibly more artists.

Details: 29 & 30, April, 12-6pm, hosted by  OUR ArtProjects at Zhongshan at Kampung Attap, No.80 Jalan Rotan, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Admission is free. 




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