By Cultural Economy Development Agency (CENDANA) on October 21, 2019


As part of its continuous efforts to raise greater awareness on the vibrant Malaysian arts and culture scene while making art more accessible to the public, Art In The City’s second edition kicked off to much fanfare celebrating 3 site-specific commissioned art installations by Malaysian artists, special screening of video competition, Lucky Pao Market, public art forum and workshop as well as fringe activities which collectively promoted the diverse artistic, creativity, compassion and imagination of Malaysian talents. Themed ‘I heART KL’, the AITC 2019 activities commenced on 18 October 2019 and will end on 27 October 2019.


Following an open call for public art in June to find the best artistic proposal to keep the city’s vibrancy charged, the final artists public art submission are available along the River of Life from 18 October 2019 until February 2020. Besides site-specific activations, there will be workshops conducted by the artists in conjunction with their commission period.

There will be Public Art Workshop conducted by Aisyah Baharuddin an Interdisciplinary artist and social activist based in Batu Pahat, Johor. She is deeply involved in the development of Contemporary Art in Malaysia since 2004. And Singapore artist Lim Soo Ngee, whose approach to sculpture is immensely intimate, musing over the different relationships between humanity, the environment and society. To register, please email


YB Tuan Haji Khalid Bin Abdul Samad joined local artists and Malaysians for a feast of visual, live performances and art delight under Art in The City.


With a goal to celebrate the multitude of creativity, CENDANA launched a video competition to invite Malaysians to present an interesting narrative of what makes Kuala Lumpur unique through the lens of arts and culture. After highly competitive rounds of voting process by the public, four contestants emerged to walk away with a total of RM8,000 cash prizes. The winners are:





1st Prize: RM3,500 Meeting Of Friends (Collective) The Street of Our Canvas: it takes you through the story of creating colourful illustrations in the heart of Kuala Lumpur
2nd Prize: RM2,500 Arman Shahmiey bin Ezzauddin Hussein Jamalatiff “Hibiscus”: It highlights the city’s hidden beauty and the warmth of its people that may pass by unnoticed on a daily basis but they are beautiful reminders to appreciate.
3rd Prize: RM1,500 Yugan A/L Shanmugam “I Shoot What I See”: It is a travelogue of exploring the Kuala Lumpur city in a day.
Audience Choice: RM500 Projek Bukan-Bukan “Home”: Home is a short story of a local KL-lite who spends a day discovering the beauty of a place he  fondly calls home.
Entwine by Joshua Teo


Jalan Raja was transformed into a creative marketplace to bring the historic landscape of Kuala Lumpur to life with surprises, feel-good moments and unforgettable experiences for the public. Lucky Pao is a gathering of artisans featuring local crafts, creations, artworks as well as the best local music performances like Kyoto Protocol, Johny Comes Lately, Bihzhu and Nadir, in addition to community activations. On top of that, it was a feast of senses, with popular street food, delicacies and market stalls.


During the duration of AITC 2019, a series of forum and workshops will be organised to discuss about the role of arts and culture in public spaces with best practices and experiences within the country, regionally and internationally.

  • A two-day Public Art Workshop will be taking place on 21-22 October 2019 from 10am – 6pm.
  • The programme will take place at RUANG by Think City. To register, please write to
Dome of Disappearance by Pamela Tan


  • Walking / Gallery Tours on 18 – 27 Oct 2019: Curated tours in collaboration with The Art Seni to highlight other art exhibitions and shows happening around Kuala Lumpur. Sign up for Art In The City Walking Tour at a minimal fee and join the tour from 10-11am, 5-6pm and 6-7pm on 19 October 2019. The curated tours by The Art Seni Tour will be available for booking until January 2020. To register, please contact Aza at +6017 330 0012.

Art In The City 2019 is brought to you by CENDANA and DBKL, and supported by Ministry of Federal Territories, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Tourism Malaysia, Hop On Hop Off Bus, The Art Seni and KL Sketchnation.

For more information on Art in the City 2019, visit:


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