Feeling like you're going crazy at home? Good news for you — with the CMCO underway, you can now enjoy more events and activities that the creative industry is eagerly waiting to host (with SOP guidelines still in place, of course)! In our new segment, Cult Round-up, we will be curating some of the local creative happenings that you should have on your radar right now. Check them out below!
TRAVEL BACK TO 1918 WITH KLPAC'S NEWEST THEATRE PRODUCTION ABOUT THE SPANISH FLU
11 actors, 2 weeks, 1 Movement Control Order lockdown. These were the circumstances in which the cast and crew of Unity (1918) found themselves amidst their production. Yet, while they had their first script reading through Zoom and filmed at KLPac's deserted theatre (nearly everything was shut down to save costs), Unity (1918) still manages to capture the tragedy and triumph of a pandemic amidst a war in stunning detail.
Based on the award-winning play by Kevin Kerr, follow the lives of residents from the small town of Unity in Saskatchewan, Canada, as they face the 1918 Spanish Flu that killed approximately 20 – 50 million people worldwide. It's a remarkable tale that we might already be all to familiar with now and Unity (1918) seeks to explore how Covid-19 has impacted the creative industry and what lessons we can still learn from history.
According to Director Tung Jit Yang, “I hope this recording of Unity sends a message that we are not gone, that the essence of the arts, the theatre, of story remained alive and thriving, adapting to the times, refusing to expire."
Tickets to view the play via Cloud Theatre start from RM35. Unity (1918) will premier on 18 March until 28 March. Each ticket sale will go towards raising funds as part of the #saveklpac Covid-19 relief fundraiser.
EMBRACE YOUR CURVES WITH A COLLABORATION BETWEEN TWO FASHION STARS
The stars have aligned for these two fashion juggernauts in the industry, Sherry Alhadad and Syomirizwa Gupta. Their goal? To instill strength, love and confidence in their curvier customers. For Sherry's debut collection, it was only natural for her to team up with Syomirizwa, the latter having 17 years to her name in the fashion biz. For her first foray into the industry, Sherry explains that this theme of self-love was important "to send out a positive message to all the women out there that no matter who you are and what you look like...I am thankful that I get to be a role model to a lot of people who are struggling with
their body shape."
The collection consists of 8 bold and vibrant looks with sizes ranging from 16 to 22. Pre-order them exclusively by heading to Syomirizwa's website here.
FINAL CALL FOR CREATIVES TO JOIN RIUH AT HOME'S DIGITAL CAMPAIGN
Calling all performing artists: This is your last shot to be part of RIUH's latest digital campaign to show off your talents to the crowd! If you feel like this would be a great opportunity for you, they will still be accepting applications until the 15th of March so don't miss out.
GO THROUGH YOUR HEARTBREAK BLUES WITH SHN'S LATEST SINGLE, "PEOPLE I LOVE (HURT ME)"
Freshly out of the music oven on 12th March, SHN's third single release is one for all the broken-hearted out there. With it's catchy hook and relatable lyrics, "people i love (hurt me)" is a heartbreak anthem for the young masses, who can find comfort in SHN's soothing voice and poppy rhythm. SHN debuted in 2019 and first made buzz when she collaborated with idie pop band, RESORT, to write “The Idea of Us”, the official soundtrack for TheMingThing’s Christmas short film, which garnered 106,000 Spotify streams in its first month.
Stream SHN's latest bedroom confessional on Spotify here.
DISNEY'S 'RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON' GETS A MALAYSIAN MAKEOVER
Currently showing in theatres, Raya and the Last Dragon is a film that depicts the adventures of a warrior princess, Raya in search to save her land by seeking out the world's last dragon. The biggest takeaway though is that this feature film marks Disney's first ever South East Asian princess, big win for us! To celebrate our culture and heritage, local brand CalaQisya collaborated with Disney to create 5 incredible kaftan designs that also feature theatrical motifs from the movie.
As CEO of CalaQisya explains, “The subtle detailing in the prints is very familiar with the Southeast Asian identity, culture and heritage, which you will notice when you watch Raya and the Last Dragon. Finally, we have a Disney princess who represents "our people" which is a reason enough to release this collaborative collection."
The fully lined nursing friendly kaftan is priced at RM289, while the limited edition scarf is
RM159 and the scrunchie is RM19 each. To purchase the collection, head here.
CONNECT WITH OTHER CREATIVES IN PERSON IN CULT CREATIVE'S FIRST EVER OFFLINE EVENT
From URL to IRL! We heard your calls for an offline event and we're finally able to make it happen. In case you haven't heard, we are hosting a fun Art Jam with retrospective visual arist, Adam Ummar at MoMo's Hotel. Join us for an evening of craft-making, food and drinks, good music and connection on 20th March, 6PM MYT! All materials are provided and you'll even get some freebies, so why not?
Our early bird prices are selling fast so get your hands on them while you still can here!