Melaka turns into an art canvas

MELAKA, Malaysia 3 November 2017: Over 45 artists will gather to transform Melaka city into a canvas for live art.

It claims to be the world’s largest and only site-specific art performance festival on a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Melaka Art and Performance Festival (MAPFest), returns to Bukit St Paul, Bandar Hilir Melaka, 24 to 26 November. Open from 1000 to 2200 daily.

Mustering performers from Australia, Russia, Indonesia, United States, Japan, Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Belgium and El Salvador, more than 45 artists will gather to brighten the streets of Melaka with various solo and collective art performances.

The centre stage attractions will be the Mapping Programme; site-specific impromptu performances based on artists’ disciplines and dance movements. They will take place in the afternoon at various sites in the vicinity of Bukit St Paul.

Cerita Pendik is a collection of short works under 10 minutes duration, performed by various artists in the evening, at the top of Bukit St Paul.

On the final night, Sunday, the audience will be treated to a large-scale performance titled Eulogy For The Living that features all the festival artists in collaboration and directed by creative director Tony Yap.

“It is a kind of devotional work for making our way in the world and internal journey into the memory of body and soul. We, the living preserve both the past and current, and we allow things to pass — we eulogise ourselves in each passing moment,” said Yap.

In addition, the morning yoga class, Eklec Dance workshop and a forum are open for public participation, free of charge.

A photo exhibition with the Canossian Alumnae Association to raise awareness for the Canossian Sisters at the Sacred Heart Convent School will be featured from 4 November onwards. All the performances and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

“We seek out financial support from corporations and the public sector to help us in promoting Melaka and Malaysia in the art industry. Our festival is a world-class international art festival that attracts local and foreign tourists offering  benefits for Melaka and the country,” said, MAPFest festival producer, Andrew Ching.