KLIAF 2018 Media Briefing 21 August 2018


YB Haji Khalid Abdul Samad, FT Minister (Centre), flanked by: On the right of the photo- YAM Tunku Zain Al’Abidin Ibni Tuanku Mukhriz, Chairman of the Council of Advisors Asian Heritage Museum and YB Dato Seri Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai On the left of the photo- Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar, Festival Director, YB Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur and Dato Mani of Skyblue Media on the left of the photo

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.

YB Fahmi Fadzil

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.

KLIAF2018 Team Members at the Registration Counter

Noura Adila & Marina, our interns from the Asian Business School who are assisting with the impact reports for the festival itself and the Sri Tioman 1 CSR project.

Datin Seri Sunita & Mr Vivek Menon with representatives from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

Ms June Abdul Shukor & Ms Salwah Abdul Shukor from CoMEL with Datin Sunita

Ms Salina Suzaily with two representatives from Mentari PPR

YB Khalid Samad and YBhg Tan Sri Amin Nordin

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.

Yg Bhg Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar

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”


Chan Wai Yee, KLIAF 2018 Content Marketing Manager and Ms Salina Suzaily, KLIAF Creative Director

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 Abdul Samad, FT Minister

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.

L to R: Mr Vivek Menon, KLIAF 2018 Marketing Manager, YAM Tunku Zain & Encik Khairy Juri from DBKL

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.”

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