Kuala Lumpur Arts & Entertainment
Arts & Entertainment in Kuala Lumpur
From stage plays and musicals, to art galleries and concerts, the Kuala Lumpur arts and entertainment scene is incredibly varied, and you are never too far off from its best offerings. In general though, the arts and entertainment in Kuala Lumpur can be divided into two sections – black tie evenings at places like the National Theatre and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Hall, or more casual, laidback nights out at a comedy club and improv dance exhibition.
The city’s cultural scene is befitting of any capital city, with regular appearances by major international Broadway musicals making their way onto its stages, to vaudeville houses hosting cultural performances and art exhibitions. It can be difficult naming the best of the best, but the one thing they have in common is that most of these cultural venues host a variety of performances and exhibitions, showcasing events that are both commercially successful and thought provoking.
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Cinemas in Kuala Lumpur
Even if you're far from home, you'll never miss the opportunity to catch the latest movies from Hollywood in Kuala Lumpur. There are a large number of cineplex halls in KL, located in major shopping centres. Cinemas were rendered obsolete by these cineplexes, which offer multiple halls for viewing movies and ease of convenience because of their location inside shopping malls.
The two main cinematic giants in Malaysia are Tanjung Golden Village and Golden Screen Cinemas. They have branches located in most shopping malls and complexes in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley. The latest movie offerings from Hollywood, Hong Kong, China and even India are shown. There are also special screenings of international art films from time to time.
Another special viewing experience is the IMAX theatre in Times Square shopping mall, which utilises an extremely large screen. For an outdoor cinematic experience, visit the Nokia Starlight Cinema located in Sentul Park, where you can sit on a grassy field to watch movie marathons. For those who've never experienced watching movies outdoors on a large screen, this is your chance!
Concerts in KL
Music has always been a key form of entertainment for people. In Kuala Lumpur, local artistes share the limelight with international favourites to spring forth their music. As Kuala Lumpur has a mixed society, you can find local Malay, Chinese and Indian singers holding concerts, some of them being famous enough to be recognised in other Southeast Asian countries that speak the same dialects in Malaysia.
On the other hand, world-famous pop and rock bands from America and Europe often hold concerts in Kuala Lumpur stadiums, attracting large crowds in the thousands. Canto-pop singers from Hong Kong and Taiwan are extremely popular and make regular appearances in Malaysia, along with the occasional Indonesian or Bollywood group. Billboards are always put up around strategic points of the city and announced on local media, so you'll always be in the know about the latest concerts.
Finally, for something more refined, you can try the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, which is located in the world's second largest building, the Petronas Twin Towers. With a world-class hall and a skilled group of musicians, the Philharmonic Orchestra holds chamber concerts regularly every month. From time to time, other classical virtuosos will make guest performances.
Kuala Lumpur Theatre
Kuala Lumpur has a bright and lively arts scene, run by old-timers and newcomers to the acting stage. Here, the theme of plays and musicals are often an interpretation of local life in Malaysia with the occasional adaptation of international classics. International performances also make their way here too, such as those from Broadway, the West End, Cats, Stomp! and other great names.
There are a few places that hold these theatrical shows, namely the Istana Budaya or Cultural Palace, located along Jalan Tun Razak. This is a large state-of-the-art theatre that is aesthetically crafted with Malay cultural elements and motifs. For the stage for local productions, Actor's Studio in Bangsar is a pedestal for young talents, with the guidance of veterans. Drama and acting lessons are also held here frequently.
Next up is the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre or Pentas Seni. Located in Sentul, this is a large centre with two theatres and a resource centre for all things related to the stage. They often hold musicals, plays and dances as well as nurture budding thespians with constant workshops. Finally, there is the Sutra Dance Theatre in Tititwangsa area, which is actually a bungalow house in a residential area that's shaped like a Balinese garden. Here, the focus is mostly on Indian cultural dances but the group of dancers come from different races