KLIAF 2018 Media Briefing 21 August 2018
August 24, 2018 | Media Briefing
The DiverseCity Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival 2018 media briefing was held on Tuesday 21st August 2018 at Carcosa Seri Negara. The building was a natural choice for the event due to its historical significance- Seri Negara is a historical location where the Malay rulers signed the Federation of Malaya Agreement of 1957. Three exhibitions will also be held at Carcosa Seri Negara in conjunction with KLIAF: The very first Humans of Kuala Lumpur photography exhibition, the “Jalan Merdeka” exhibition and the Photographs of 1957 exhibition by Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah of Terengganu.
We were deeply honoured that YB Fahmi Fadzil, the MP for Lembah Pantai made a point to drop by prior to the start of the event even though he was unable to attend the launch itself. YB Fahmi, is well known as a supporter of the arts and an established thespian in his own right.
The media briefing started sharp at 2.30pm with the arrival of YB Khalid Abdul Samad, Federal Territory Minister. This was YB Khalid’s first visit to Carcosa Seri Negara and he was greeted by Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Zain Al’Abidin Ibni Tuanku Mukhriz, the Chairman of the Asian Heritage Museum, the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, YB Dato Amin Nordin, Festival Director YB Datin Sri Sunita Rajakumar, YB Dato Mani from Sky Blue Media and other dignitaries.
The media briefing was presented by the festival’s marketing director Vivek Menon and the event commenced with a speech from YBhg Datin Seri Sunita, our Festival Director.
“For the past three years, every RM1 (the festival) of grant funding given by the Government has been matched by RM2-3 of funding from sponsors, ticket sales, other partners and supporters. So this means we have an outsized economic impact when we are presenting the festival”
Datin Seri Sunita’s speech was followed by an introduction to the shows we are presenting this year by our Content Marketing Manager. Our Creative Director then took the stage to talk about the festival’s new logo and the CSR work that we have been doing with the residents of the Sri Tioman 1 PPR flats.
YB Khalid Samad pledged his support for the festival. He mentioned in his speech that he was very impressed by the CSR project at Sri Tioman 1 PPR which he described as “being unique in itself… a good idea, a fantastic idea.” YB Khalid said he would make a point of visiting the flats on the Hari Seni Open Day on 29th August to engage with the residents and children.
The event ended with a few words from YAM Tunku Zain Al’Abidin Ibni Tuanku Mukhriz, the Chairman of the Council of Advisors for the Asian Heritage Museum.
“Art… whether it is music, visual arts, spoken word or dance are the things that make a better citizen.”