Art & Performance Festival 2016

Saint Paul’s Hill
25, 26, 27 November 2016

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The above is a group photograph of the festival artists with YB Datuk Wira Dr. Abu Bakar bin Mohamad Diah, the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation.

My wife, Siu Siu let me drop-off at the Discovery Café and thereafter, she drove to her Skynet’s office this morning. I prefer to take a morning walk from there to Saint Paul’s Hill to enjoy this year mapfest 8.

The walk take me along the beautiful Melaka River which also provided me a fresh and happy weekend in the past and today.

The organizer of mapfest 8 is Art & Performance Festival Melaka Sdn. Bhd. with office at B806, Block B, Kelana Square, No. 17 Jalan SS7/26, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. Andrew Ching is the Festival Director and Suen Kar Nee is the Festival Manager. Find out more on this website [Facebook]

I have a chance to see these beautiful people in person;

Ayako Fuji

A Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist from Osaka, Japan, she graduated from Osaka College of Music in 1990. She began playing Japanese traditional instruments (Taiko drums and Shinobue Flute) from 1998.

Since then, she has been composing and arranging original music in this genre. Ayako has also been playing Okinawan songs since 2010. She has participated in Taiko, Shinobue and Shanshin workshops whilst on tour in Japan during 2011 to 2015. She currently teaches Shinobue in Melbourne.

Ayako is a member of A. YA (Japanese Instrument & Taiko Duo), Australia Miyake Kai (Miyake Taiko Group), Melbo-Ren (Awaodori Dance Group) and AyaTake (Okinawa Music Duo).

Kingkin Ayu

Born in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia, she knew traditional dance since childhood. Her parents are traditional dancers. She studied dance in Indonesia Institute Of Art, Surakarta in traditional and contemporary dance.

Her dance work entitle, PRAHARA, TETEG, and BANJARAN SINTA.

Her work often has women’s stories. She also creates children’s dances for her dance studio, including DOLANAN SONTOLOYO, TANI UTUN, MBOK TENGGOK.

Kingkin teaches dance in elementary and senior high schools as part of their extra-curriculum. She is also a cultural ambassador for the arts of the city of Klaten.

Reuben Lewis

A trumpeter, composer, improviser and a driving new force in the Australian Jazz and Experimental music community, he has collaborated with many local and international artists, performing often at known venues around Australia, Asia and Europe.

His unrelenting and diverse musical activity has earned him recognition within the local and greater global community.

He has released two albums comprising of his original compositions, Samadhi 2009 and Fractured Spring 2011 as well as producing many others such as Dangerous Flowers 2015 and Breath Interrupted 2016. His website

Blessed enough, I have a photograph taken with Ajak Kwai.

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Ajak Kwai

Ajak Kwai’s music is inspiring and soulful, infused with funky afro-beats representing the depth and richness of her South Sudanese roots.

Her distinctive voice has mesmerized audiences nationally and internationally. Her third CD of Cows, Women and War brings a rare and very personal glimpse into the vanishing world of the nomad Dinka of South Sudan, almost destroyed by civil war.

She has performed at WOMADelaide, the Port Fairy Festival, Alice Springs’ Eye of the Storm  Writers’ Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and The Age Music Awards.

Ajak was awarded the African-Australia Community Female Singer of the Year and Advocates for refugees and women’s rights. Check out her website

The list of artful people continues ….

I am also lucky enough to have a few words with Tony Yap, the Creative Director for Melaka Arts and Performance Festival before he does the “ a gaze ”

“ a gaze ”a psycho-kinetic dance

Troubles my sight; somewhere in
Sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head
of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all
about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert

-          The Second Coming,
William Butler Yeates

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