Royal Patron and Chief Minister Officiates the Seventh Melaka Art and Performance Festival
The world’s largest and only site-specific art and performance festival on a UNESO World Heritage site, the Melaka Art and Performance Festival (MAPFest), open its doors from Friday, 27 November 2015 to Sunday, 29 November 2015, where global artists will muster and transform the heritage city into a piece of art. The internationally renowned festival was officiated by Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris. Bin Hj. Haron, Chief Minister of Melaka and Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Binti Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj., Royal Patron of MAPest, at the ruins of St. Paul’s Hill.
Over the years, tens of thousands of foreign and local festival-goers flocks to the historic site for the festival. This year, more than 45 local and international artists from Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, France, Poland, Singapore, Russia and Japan, will collaborate to present various art genres that comprises of contemporary dances, visual arts, multimedia arts, paintings, video arts and many more.
“As MAPFest leaps into its seventh instalment, we saw a greater growth, acceptance and support for the art industry by the public. The Melakan community has also become the pillar of the festival’s success with the locals putting their best foot forward in endorsing and promoting its culture and the festival globally. We hope that more public and private bodies will leverage on this opportunity to participate and support the festival as it continues its growth in the future,” said Andrew Ching, founder and producer of MAPFest.
He added that the festival has grown into the hearts of the society, which is an encouragement and important element for the growth of Malaysia’s art industry.
MAPFest 2015 will feature various diverse and multi-faceted talents which includes a parkour artist from Russia, shaman from rural Java and a soulful singer from Australia, which will further increase the excitement towards the festival. The festival has also collaborated with local Melakan community to promote its local culture through a forum – Heritage Talk titled ‘Old New Melaka’, and a Children Art Exhibition themed ‘Every Child is Gifted’.
MAPFest, the 3-day free admission festival, provides an avenue for artists to express freely through collaboration, knowledge exchange and experiments. MAPFest offers artists from their respective disciplines to voice stories of transformations, rites of passages and concerns of their inner conscience. The festival is also a blend between accomplished artists who will work with young and emerging artists from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to expand and further instil the art among art enthusiasts and budding artists.
“MAPFest is one of the best multiple art discipline platform available with high quality art performances and display. This is the platform that provides visitors an opportunity to engage and witness award-winning arts and performing arts from various discipline. Audiences will also be given an opportunity to learn the rudiments and experience festival physically and spiritually, which is what makes the festival unique and one-of-its-kind,” said Tony Yap, Creative Director of MAPFest.
He also mentioned that even though the festival is hard to fund but the wealth is beyond the entertainment and industry of spectaculars. “This is the message we received from our artists and audiences, and this is what kept us going.”
The festival is directed by Tony Yap in his capacity as Festival Creative Director. He was one of the principle performers with IRAA Theatre from 1989 to 1996, and has worked extensively in Australia and internationally, including the Agamemnon Festival, Colline Torinese in Italy and The Trojan Woman at the Vienna International Art Festival. As the founding Artistic Director of Mixed Company (now the Tony Yap Company) in 1993, he has made a commitment to the exploration and creation of an individual dance theatre language that is informed by psy-physical research, Asian Shamanistic Trance Dance, Butoh Voice and Visual Design.
MAPFest 2015 is produced by Arts & Performance Festival Melaka Sdn Bhd, initiated by E-Plus Entertainment Productions (M) Sdn Bhd, and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Visit Malaysia Year 2015, Jabatan Warisan Negara, Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah (MBMB), Bandar Warisan Malaysia, Tony Yap Company, Perbadanan Muzium Melaka (PERZIM), the Australian High Commission, the Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia, the Embassy of France, Alliance Français de Kuala Lumpur, Institut Français, iM4U and Illimite Channel.