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WHAT is DAF

"The Art of Being Malaysian!"
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.



WHO are the artists
_ARTISTIC TEAM
Playwright: Stella Kon
Director: Chin San Sooi
Actress: Pearlly Chua


Commission Artist: Marion D'Cruz

Participants / Performers:
Ann Lee
Chuah Chong Yong
Fahmi Fadzil
Hari Azizan
Ivy Josiah
James Lee
Lee Ren Xin
Marina Mahathir
Mark Teh
Ryan Lee Bhaskaran
Umapagan Ambikaipakan
Zainah Anwar (performed by Sharifah Aleysha)


Main Wayang: Hikayat Sang Kancil (Media Art)
Commission Artist: Fairuz Sulaiman

Scriptwriter : Junad M. Nor
Illustration : Donald Abraham
Sound & Music : Rainf Puah
Producer & Stage Manager : Suzy Sulaiman
Video Animation, Direction : Fairuz Sulaiman


Commission Artist: Kuah Jenhan


Commission Artist: Niki Cheong


Commission Artist: Lee Swee Keong




_FESTIVAL TEAM
Co-Producer: Adrian Teh Eu-Weng
Resident Artistic Director: Wong Jyh Shyong (JS)
PR (Traditional Media): Richard Tan Hee Hui
PR (Youth Segment): Niki Cheong
Festival Coordinator: Yip Yoke Teck
Stage Manager (Theatre): Armanzaki bin Armirol Zakri
Stage Manager (Black Box): Soh Chong Hong 



WHEN & WHERE is the programme

Date & Time:    17 - 20 April (Thu - Sun) 8.30pm
                         24 - 26 April (Thu - Sat) 8.30pm
                         27 April         (Sun)          3.00pm
Venue: Theatre, DPAC
Ticket: RM88 . RM68 .  RM58(Student) - inclusive of RM3 handling fee

Date & Time: 12 - 13 April (Sat - Sun) 3.00pm & 8.30pm
Venue: DPAC
Ticket: RM38 - inclusive of RM3 handling fee

Date & Time: 19 - 20 April (Sat - Sun) 3.00pm & 8.30pm
Venue: Black Box, DPAC
Ticket: RM38 - inclusive of RM3 handling fee

Date & Time: 26 - 27 April (Sat - Sun) 3.00pm & 8.30pm
Venue: Black Box, DPAC
Ticket: RM38 - inclusive of RM3 handling fee

Date & Time: 3 - 27 April (Daily) 11.00am - 9.00pm
Venue: Studio 1, DPAC
Ticket: FREE admission

Date & Time: 3 - 27 April (Daily) 11.00am - 9.00pm
Venue: DPAC
Ticket: FREE admission

Date & Time: 5 April (Sat) 3.00pm
                      26 April (Sat) 5.00pm
Venue: DPAC
Ticket: RM18 - inclusive of RM3 handling fee

Date & Time:   5 -  6 April (Sat - Sun) 5.00pm - 7.00pm
                     12 - 13 April (Sat - Sun) 5.00pm - 7.00pm 
                     19 - 20 April (Sat - Sun) 5.00pm - 7.00pm     
                     26 - 27 April (Sat - Sun) 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Outdoor Platform, DPAC
Ticket: FREE admission

Date & Time:    5 -   6 April (Sat - Sun) 11.00am - 9.00pm
                        12 - 13 April (Sat - Sun) 11.00am - 9.00pm
                        19 - 20 April (Sat - Sun) 11.00am - 9.00pm
                        26 - 27 April (Sat - Sun) 11.00am - 9.00pm
Venue: Courtyard, DPAC