In Terzani's Footsteps [ Lian Low ] MAPFest 2015 Melaka

What if your destiny is drawn upon the lines of your hand ? A long time ago, a KL fortune teller told me that I cried too much and that I should beware tomboys. I've not seen a fortune teller since then. In travelling back to Malaysia, I hear the ending of a family ghost story at a dinner conversation. [Source: Pg 7 MAPFest 7]

Lian Low is a writer, editor and spoken word artist. She is currently editor-at-large for Asian-Australian arts and culture magazine Peril, previously editor-in-chief (2010-2014) and prose editor (2009-2014). In March 2015, Lian collaborated on the performance text for the sold out premiere of Do you speak Chinese ? held at the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne.

She recently completed a residency at the Wheeler Centre as a Hot Desk Fellow, and was a featured writer in The Wheeler Centre's Next Big Thing: Hot Desk Edition (September) series. Last year, Lian together with Elaine Foster, Melizarani T. Selva, Sheena Baharudin and IIIya Sumanto debuted the spoken work ensemble Pontianak. This will be her third year at the Melaka Art and Performance Festival.

Find her @Lian_Low and

Lian Low has travelled as part of Melbourne's UNESCO City of Literature Office Travel Fund Initiative.

Message from The Royal Patron

It is with great pleasure I announce the return of Melaka Art & Performance Festival (MAPFest). The world’s largest and only site specific art and performance festival on a UNESCO World Heritage site drew over 35,000 visitors last year.

The seventh instalment of MAPFest will play host to 45 local and international contemporary dancers, visual artists, multimedia artists, painters, video artists and many more. Visitors to the festival will be dazzled by the diverse and multi-faceted artists, which includes a parkour artist from Russia, shaman from rural Java, and a soulful singer from Australia, just to name a few. I am also pleased to witness the efforts undertaken with the local Melakan community to promote a Heritage Talk titled ‘Old New Melaka’ and a Children Art Exhibition titled ‘Every Child is Gifted’.

MAPFest is an avenue that has transformed and shaped Malaysian’s perspective of the art industry. The 3-day festival will continue to bring joyous and profound memories for participants, visitors and art enthusiasts alike through the blend of diverse culture, heritage and background.

The success of MAPFest is made possible with the strong support from the State Of Melaka, embassies, public and private corporations, members of the media, fans and most importantly the artists. I extend my best wishes and thanks to those involved for their tireless efforts, dedication, contribution and motivation in sustaining and producing the festival.

I welcome you to MAPFest 2015.

Warm Wishes,
YAM Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah

Royal Patron of Melaka Art & Performance Festival (MAPFest)

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Message from Creative Director

Selamat Datang
Melaka Arts and Performance Festival (MAPFest) has reached it’s 7th year !

MAP has a life of its own and we find ourselves accommodating and adjusting to this radical evolution to become a vibrant residency for artists and a ground for discovery of authentic art and performances. All in a snappy, excitingly fresh pathways and circuits within a shrinking human globe.

MAP has won many awards and within the areas of arts, global community and culture. We make bold ideas available and accessible to everyone in inexpensive ways with strong and rich cultural emersions for the artists and audiences.

This festival is inclusive, belonging to the artists and the public. In a highly marketed world, we are reminders of why one exist and what is truly valuable to humans.

Themes of spiritual transformation create a frame for works of art.

MAPFest has gained a high national, and international profile, not because it has a huge budget or is spectacular in terms of decorative extravagance, but because of the fresh, bold, diverse and independent authenticity. We inspire one another, support each other and encourage humbler distinctions.

E-Plus is still our major supporter and has matured to E-Plus Global ! … and MAP has won numerous prestigious awards. That’s karma for you.

Enjoy !

Tony Yap
Creative Director

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About E-Plus Global

E-Plus is one of the top-ranked events management and entertainment agencies in Southeast Asia. The company that consists of a dynamic and creative team, sets benchmarks in the events management industry through their innovative and creative ideas, while withholding a wide portfolio with an array of international clientele ranging from the private sector, public sector to non-profit organizations.

Established in 2004, E-Plus has implemented transformative and innovative ideas, elevating the industry’s standard. This effort drew interest of international corporations to continuously engage and utilise E-Plus’s services.

In 2015, Media and Communications Management division was introduced as its new value added service for its clients as a one-stop integrated marketing solution agency. E-Plus constantly and consistently sets the benchmark as the industry leader via unique, creative and innovative idea practices.


Innovation and Experience: Experiences are invaluable and the opportunity to develop unique and innovative ideas that creates unlimited satisfaction for the client and their guests.

Dependability and Competitiveness: Ensure quality of events with highly quantifiable outcome, creating maximum market impact for our clients, with the value of investment in a reasonable and competitive cost.

Dedication and Success: Setting high standards and constantly pushing the industry’s benchmark, to ensure the success of every project through implementation of creative and innovative ideas. Perfection is the ultimate goal.

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Melaka Art & Performance Festival 2015

Supported by

Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia
Jabatan Warisan Negara, Malaysia
Melaka State Government
Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah
Ambassade De France En Malaisie
Badan Warisan Malaysia
Tourism Malaysia

Major Supporter: E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd

Festival Producer: Art & Performance Festival Melaka Sdn Bhd

Curated by: tyc

Volunteer Platform: iM4U

Organiser: Art & Performance Festival Melaka Sdn Bhd

Festival Director: Andrew Ching

Festival Manager: Suen Kar Nee

Awards and Accolades

2015 Gold Stevie Winner [ Culture & The Arts ]
2015 Finalist [ Best Arts Event ]
2015 Winner [ Best Use of CSR ]
2015 Finalist [ Best Multi-Channel Campaign ]
2015 Finalist A+M MARKies Awards [ Best Use of Events ]
2015 Gold Winner [ Best Use of Venue ]

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