The DPAC Arts Festival (DAF) would like to introduce Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) as an Art Hub in celebrating "The Art of Being Malaysian!".
DAF is DPAC's inaugural festival aims to capture the essence of locally-born works which makes Malaysia known for its melting-pot of cultures. Through festival collaboration and commission projects, this Festival essentially cultivates and
creates local arts works that relevant to the new and old generation
and we believe that arts should enrich lives of all whether through
creation or viewing. Besides, this festival also aims to make arts accessible to general public where artists and audience gather to appreciate, enjoy, and interact with arts.
After all, it's a festival that invites everyone to Main, Makan, Minum! Festival HIGHLIGHT - Nyonya's life stories on stage @ Pearlly Chua in her stellar 200th performance as Emily Gan Festival COMMISSION - Theatre & Media Art & Comedy & Talks Festival MARKET - Peranakan food & Fashion & Accessories Festival EXHIBITION - Past&Present of Peranakan
Festival OPEN STAGE - FREE Stage for Young Talent
WHY is Baba Meets Nyonya
"Amboi! Baba Meets Nyonya"
Amboi! Baba meets Nyonya is coming as the theme of DPAC Arts Festival this year! Captivating the inspiration from Peranakan culture, DAF is interested in the encounters, which is the hybrid after the marriage of two cultures, traditional and contemporary, nation and people, fundamentally the arts and culture.
In Malaysia, we are more familiar with the term Baba Nyonya, which is also known as Straits-born Chinese or Peranakan which adopted with Malays culture. The word peranakan in Malay simply means ‘locally born’ and is Malaysia & Singapore’s most fascinating hybrid culture, descended from unions between foreign merchants (China & South India) with local women. Nevertheless, the meaning of ‘locally born’ in Peranakan falls perfectly into the core idea of DAF which aims to celebrate Malaysia art works.
Therefore, DPAC festival team is proud to highlight some of our nation’s prominent art practitioners from various performance practices in theatre, media art and visual art as well as guest speakers from academic, media and business. There will be various performances, exhibitions and talks programmed weekly between April 3-27. The Festival Team hopes that audience will be able to experience the treasure of Peranakan culture and arts in a fiesta ways.