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Online Screening: Pesta Raya 2020

Esplanade Co Ltd

Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts showcases the best in theatre, dance, and music from the Nusantara (Malay Archipelago). Taking place from 19 – 28 Jun 2020, the 19th edition of the festival, coinciding with the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, goes online. With Pesta Raya Online, we continue to stay connected during this season through the arts, heritage and culture of the Malay Archipelago that is also a part of Singapore’s culture, even though we cannot gather physically to celebrate with our extended family and friends, or celebrate with live performances at Esplanade in Phase 1 of Safe Re-opening for COVID-19.

Programme Lineup

Alkesah (2018) (Watch here)

Duration: 2 hours
Performed in Malay with English subtitles.

Written by Zulfadli Rashid
Directed by Aidli Mosbit

Siti Khalijah Zainal, Jeff Catz, Siti Hajar Gani, Hatta Said, Siti Maznah, Norisham Osman, Shafiqhah Efandi, Muhd Haikal Mohd Jani

Find out what happens when colourful characters from Malay folklore stay in the same kampung! Whether you’re reliving its hilarity or watching Alkesah for the first time, you don’t want to miss this boisterous theatre work that saw a sold-out run at Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts 2018.

Hikayat Gundik Berirama – The Venopian Solitude (2017) (Watch Here)

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins
Performed in Malay.

Hikayat Gundik Berirama is a showcase by multi-instrumental extraordinaire The Venopian Solitude, featuring Singapore electronic duo .gif. It first premiered at Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts in 2017.

What do a tissue box, a ukulele, a toilet roll and a children’s xylophone have in common? Suiko Takahara (not her real name, by the way). The Selangor-born singer-songwriter fashions quirky sounds and rhythms out of anything she can get her hands-on, and it doesn’t stop there.

GhaMuhyi: Crossing the Boundaries of Ghazal (2018) (Watch Here)

Duration: 45 mins
Performed in Malay.

Boundaries are pushed and new musical expressions explored as Malaysian music ensemble GhaMuhyi takes the lead in this riveting showcase. Together with Singaporean collaborators Orkestra Sri Temasek and Sri Mahligai, locally composed originals such as Gemersik Ombak and Arabian Affair, as well as ghazal classics like Malam Merindu are refreshed in this musical journey across the Causeway that’s not to be missed.

Senandung Puspa Pertiwi (2017) (Watch Here)

Duration: 30 mins
Performed in Bahasa Indonesia.

Take a break from your lo-fi playlists and relax to the soothing sounds of keroncong. First performed at Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts 2017, Sruti Respati’s melodious voice, backed by a seven-piece ensemble, will take you on an aural trip to Solo.

Dikir-pella (2018) (Watch Here)

Duration: 30 mins
Performed in Malay.

Seven vocalists with seven distinct voices presented the sounds of dikir barat a la a cappella at Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts 2018. The group made up of the finest singers in the scene performed classics such as Bakti Ibu and Cenderawasih.

JUARA comprises the best vocalists in the Singapore dikir barat scene. Aqmal N, Elfee Ismail, Hakim Rohimin, Raja Razie, Rajis Sharif, Rifaah and Rico Setiabudi revitalise classic dikir barat songs with their fresh takes.

Raya Block Party (2016) (Watch Here)

Duration: 45 mins
Performed in Malay.

Curated by ALYPH, a prominent hip hop artist from Singapore, Raya Block Party puts the spotlight on the Malay hip hop and R&B scene in Singapore and Malaysia, featuring Fariq, Karmal, WanD, Hunny Madu, Kayda, Akeem Jahat & Radio3000.

Mari Menari x #stateofemergency by Artistari Gentari (Watch Here)

Performed in English and Malay with English subtitles.

As we are able to spend more time at home, we may find ourselves reflecting and reminiscing about the many key happenings in our lives. With this in mind, Artistari Gentari wishes to share with you two of their favourite dances with a twist!

Let’s Dance! Joget Hitam Manis ft. Pucuk Pisang (12mins)
First performed at Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts 2016 as part of Gemilang Suara KitaJoget Hitam Manis ft. Pucuk Pisang is a merry medley of two classic joget songs. Come learn the steps to the chorus of Joget Pucuk Pisang with Ainin Sofiya as she breaks down its graceful movements. After that, joget-along with the dancers from Artistari Gentari as Suryana Nordin serenades you with her melodic vocals.

#stateofemergency (7mins)
Often, in times of uncertainty, we find hope. Witness this poignant collaboration featuring choreography by Badarudin Hassan, film direction by SortCo, original music by Aidil Akmal and dynamic movements by dancers from Artistari Gentari. Having first premiered at ITE Dance Emblazon 2017, this contemporary Malay dance work has since been adapted to reflect the current issues we are facing in 2020.

Pentas Pesta (The Pesta Stage) (Watch Here)

Duration: 20 mins per episode
Performed in Malay.

A staple part of Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts is Pentas Pesta. This year, we’re bringing it straight to your screens. Join hosts Hafidz and Zuhairi from Lepak One Korner, as they chat with artists who have kept their art and celebratory spirit alive by creating new Hari Raya songs during the Circuit Breaker, along with artists from past Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts performances streaming at Pesta Raya Online.

Episode 1
Zalelo and Izat Ibrahim talk to us about their experiences creating Berteman di Hari Raya, followed by the first performance of the song on air. Then, join the hosts as they speak to Malaysian experimental band The Venopian Solitude and Singapore’s very own .gif as they take us through their special collaboration in Hikayat Gundik Berirama as part of Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts in 2017.

Episode 2
Asnida Daud and Megat Firdaus speak to us about their collaboration to create Rumba Raya followed by a performance of the song. Then join the hosts as they speak with Siti Khalijah Zainal and Hatta Said from the hilariously engaging Alkesah that was part of Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts in 2018.

It’s still Hari Raya by Tysha Khan (Watch Here)

Performed in English and Malay.

Kiki knows this Hari Raya is super ultra extra special, and she’s going to find her own way to celebrate! Celebrate with Kiki by watching her storytelling session with her Ibu (mother). You can join her by making your own sock puppet, as well as learning to sing her happy songs in the sing-along videos. We hope these videos bring you joy in these times.

Credits: Esplanade Co Ltd

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June 19 2020


Start: June 19 @ 8:00 pm
End: June 28 @ 11:59 pm
Cost: Free
Website: Visit Event Website

Online Screening: Pesta Raya 2020

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