It's time to get busy this weekend because we've curated some exciting local creative events and news that you should explore. From a pop-up market split into two locations to a local artist's new art installation in a mall, it's time for some SOP-friendly fun.
Joey Mattress Celebrates Their 2-Year Anniversary with A Huge Collaboration
And by huge we mean 8 of Malaysia's favorite local brands coming together to give you the best wind down possible. If you've been looking for ways to get some quality sleep and support local businesses at the same time, Joey's Birthday Box has got you covered.
The celebratory items titled under the collection called 'Good In Bed' include an Ana tomy sleep journal, Lilin+Co soy candle, a pair of Goodpair Socks, Kandle Kandle room spray, Bros Malaysia Water Bottle, Perfectly Tea's organic tea blends and Salang Design's embroidered t-shirt.
According to Joey Tan, founder of the eponymous brand, "2020 and 2021 so far have been a tough year for most, if not all, Malaysian businesses...We wanted to do something meaningful that supports both our community of Malaysian entrepreneurs and also increases the sleep quality of our customers."
Head here to shop from their slumber party collection!
Check Out RIUH's Brand New Look
In case you haven't heard, RIUH is back from their hiatus with a brand spanking new look! The digital platform recently unveiled on April 1 their new website relaunch that now features a brand directory to shop your favourite local brands with ease as well as RIUH 24/7, an initiative to cover all things creative in the community.
Head To Garden Malls For A Coffee-Inspired Art Installation
Red Hong Yi has done it again with yet another impactful art piece — this time, with Nespresso coffee. Titled 'Kaleidoscope', the renowned Malaysian contemporary artist revealed her latest work at the Nespresso Boutique in The Gardens Mall. Themed 'Doing is Everything', the installation is made up of 7 mirrored panels that reflect the phrase and was created from 24,000 pieces of used Nespresso capsules, conveying the beauty and potential of used and discarded items in an effort to raise awareness on sustainability.
“I am honoured by the opportunity to work with Nespresso, a brand that continuously
encourages consumers to recycle, giving items a second life. I would say this experience is a unique one, as I breathe new meaning into ‘second life’ by recycling used Nespresso
aluminium capsules into a work of art. I believe that we each play a role in making a
difference for our planet, and through small improvements in our everyday actions we are certainly one step closer towards sustainability,” said Red Hong Yi.
'Kaleidoscope' is currently on display at the Nespresso Boutique and you can catch the talented artist from 9 to 18 April at South Palm, The Gardens in her art exhibition for more information about her piece.
Interviews Won't Be Scary Anymore After Attending This Workshop
Kiss the sweaty palms, intense heart palpitations and the occasional slip-ups goodbye.
With our workshop specifically for creatives, you can master your next Big Inquisition with ease and confidence. To lead the session is Brian Lum, the Team Lead of Marketing from WOBB (@wobbjobs) who will not only walk you through the interview process but the steps you can take to ultimately secure one in the bag.
This workshop will cover:
✅ The do's and don'ts of structuring a CV and portfolio
✅ Tips on how to instantly capture any employer’s attention in 2 seconds (yes, you read that right!)
✅ How to effectively market yourself and be intentional in showcasing your skills
✅ Insider know-how’s on strategic employer research that go beyond just memorizing facts
✅ Notes on getting fresh graduates ready for the brave new (creative) world
Plan A Trip To A Local Pop-up Market This Weekend
What's better than one pop-up market? A market split into two locations featuring more than 15 vendors! Curated by Awesome Canteen and FIFTH, Mark-it Market will be available on 10 and 11 April at Taman Paramount. When you're done with one market, just head over to the other (they're only opposite each other!). Vendors range from thrifted clothing, handmade jewelry to baked pastries. Your weekend plans sorted, happy shopping!
Ikano Centres' Initiative To Light Up Your Creative Spark
In times of turbulence and uncertainty, people look to art for healing and peace. Ikano Centres certainly understood this sentiment as they announced the launch of Creative Spark, an art-based platform dedicated to bring the creative community together through an arts mentorship program. The mural named 'Building Yourself', which kickstarted the launch in IKEA Batu Kawan in Penang, set an optimistic tone to symbolise a new beginning for the community and township.
“The Creative Spark project is just one of the many initiatives we will launch for and with our local communities across our portfolio. We aim to enable and empower our visitors to get involved, participate, and enjoy our meeting places across all regions...Our plan for every destination is to facilitate learning, provide inspiration and memorable experiences, as well as ignite connections within the community,” explained Adrian Mirea, IKEA Southeast Asia’s Shopping Centre and Mixed-Used Director.
So the next time you take a trip to Penang (or you're an islander yourself), head over to Batu Kawan to view its largest interactive outdoor mural for a real visual treat!
Congratulations To The Recipients Of CENDANA's Recovery Initiatives
It's a monumentous feat administered by The Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA) to support the local creative industry, to say the least. On 5 April 2021, YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia announced that more than 3,000 artists and cultural workers will be benefitting from a share of RM10 million as part of a RM150 million vital financial boost from the PENJANA Plan for the Creative Industries.
The CENDANA Recovery Initiatives seeks to provide financial support to those in the performing arts, visual arts, independent music and craft sectors through 7 funding programmes. “Malaysia’s arts and culture communities provides an incredible amount of good for Malaysia and supports thousands of jobs...The CENDANA Recovery Initiatives will provide some needed support to spaces, arts organisations, production houses, bands and theatre groups who provide jobs which many Malaysians depend on,” Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah said.
The awards ceremony honoured more than 500 beneficiaries with 35 awarded recipients present at the event that was also held virtually at the Kuala
Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC).