Live @ Wayang Street livens up downtown Kuching

By Patricia Hului
@pattbpseeds
 
 

MEDAN PELITA was merrier than usual when it became the venue for Live @ Wayang Street organised by Azam Young Souls on April 5.

 

People passing by Medan Pelita were first intrigued by the buskers’ performances outside the building facing the heavy traffic along Wayang Street.

 

TRIBUTE FOR MH370: Local singer Bob Zaquan, finalists from The Stage Summer Mall sings to pay tribute to MH370.

TRIBUTE FOR MH370: Local singer Bob Zaquan, finalists from The Stage Summer Mall sings to pay tribute to MH370.

 

Busking4Charity featured local talents such as Sasha Ningkan, Izzy Izzuddin, Syed Haziq & Nazrin Askor, Mr Schneider, Black Velvet, Guitar Strings and Jalee from Sonar Instinct. Money collected during the busking performance were all donated to charity.

 

WHERE TO GO: Signs showing which way to go for different activities during Live @ Wayang Street.

WHERE TO GO: Signs showing which way to go for different activities during Live @ Wayang Street.

 

After the busking ended around noon, the musical performance continued inside with a mini concert featuring Ronney Bukong, Bob Zauqan, Jejak Biru, Asyraf Hardy + Co , Soulz Action, Daytime Drama and Jejak Biru.

 

Although the event was fun and energetic, our youths did not forget the sad tragedy currently affecting our country as all performers during the live concert paid tribute to the passengers and crew of MH370 and their families.

REMEMBERING MH370: The youths still have MH370 on their minds.

REMEMBERING MH370: The youths still have MH370 on their minds.

 

A white banner with ‘Pray for MH370’ written on it was put on display allowing members of the public to write well-wishes for those onboard and their loved ones.

 

Live @ Wayang Street was not only for those with musical flair. During the event, mini Tamiya 4WD Run Race saw Tamiya racers assembling their mini cars before the race.

 

A Tamiya racer even brought along his own mini-workshop equipped with lighting and compartments within which to build his 4WD.

 

These mini Tamiya 4WD cars are more than just toys. It takes a lot of precision, skills and engineering to ensure that once released, the car designed by its individual racer stays on the tracks and runs fast enough to win the race. Once it flies off the track, you’re out of the game.

 

NOT JUST A TOY: Tamiya 4WD racers take the sport seriously during the Mini Tamiya 4WD run race.

NOT JUST A TOY: Tamiya 4WD racers taking the sport seriously during the Mini Tamiya 4WD race.

 

Tamiya is a Japanese manufacturer that specialises in plastic model kits, radio controlled cars, battery- and solar-powered educational models, sailboat models, acrylic and enamel model paints, and various modeling tools and supplies.

 

Various items ranging from food and beverage to sports merchandise, ethnic handicrafts and health products were on sale from vendors like cookies&hijab, Googly Eye Arts, AGUN BMX shop, Star Bundle, RJ Extreme Skate Shop, HNC Global and Selaan Linau Handicraft during Live @ Wayang Street.

 

And of course another fun part of Live @ Wayang Street was the arts exhibition where artistic youths were given the opportunity to showcase their work and passion.

 

FIRST DEBUT: Normalisa next to her artwork. Live @ Wayang Street was her first exhibition.

FIRST DEBUT: Normalisa next to her artwork. Live @ Wayang Street was her first exhibition.

 

The exhibition included young local painters like Amy Amin and Normalisa Othman who were among those exhibiting their artwork. Normalisa, a 23 year-old Interior Design Student from Limkokwing University, whose artwork ranged from pencil sketches to abstract portraits, said it was the first time she took part in an exhibition.

 

Kuching Film Photography had different types of lomo film cameras on display to show participants that film photography was not dead in the rise of digital photography. Two members from the society; Alex Wilkes, 21, a civil engineering student from UiTM and Tourism student Muhd Nurhidayat Maslan, 24 from Kolej Komuniti Kuching explained that most of the cameras were bought online and were added to their growing collection of classic cameras.

 

FOR THE LOVE OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY: Members of Kuching Film Photography, Alex (left) and Nurhidayat (right) at their booth during Live @ Wayang Street.

FOR THE LOVE OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY: Members of Kuching Film Photography, Alex (left) and Nurhidayat (right) at their booth during Live @ Wayang Street.

 

Other exhibitors include ORG Kampung, Gulled Design, Reja & Steffany, Amey Sheikh Ali, Arif Jinat and Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology Borneo.

 

Tucked in a corner of Medan Pelita’s lower ground floor was a section called #KCHREADS prepared by Azam to encourage young Kuchingites to read. There were books from various genres in Malay and English for young people to read during the event. A few youths were seen flipping through the books while waiting for their friends or next events.

 

TIME TO READ: A young man seen reading a book provided by Azam at #KCHREADS corner.

TIME TO READ: A young man seen reading a book provided by Azam at #KCHREADS corner.

 

Not missing out on the fun, X-games enthusiasts gathered outside Medan Pelita taking turns to show off their skills in skateboarding, inline skating and BMX. Loudspeakers blasting funky music harmonised with the X-gamers’ moves.

 

FLYING IN THE AIR: A BMX biker makes a leap outside Medan Pelita during the Mini Extreme Sports Session.

FLYING IN THE AIR: A BMX biker makes a leap outside Medan Pelita during the Mini Extreme Sports Session.

 

Live @ Wayang Street is a vehicle promoting Azam Youth Central as a platform for urban youth to take active part in self-improvement activities, gain more knowledge, polish their talents and skills and enhance their social network and interaction to engage urban youths in nurturing their city towards becoming a socially and culturally vibrant city.

 

It is a new series of events organised by the Young Souls this year under Azam’s Youth Development program called “Young Souls & the City”, introduced in 2012.

 

What sets Live @ Wayang Street apart from other youth events is that they managed to gather youths from different racial, educational backgrounds under one roof and organise activities that everybody enjoyed.

 

Keep yourself updated with latest activities from Azam by visiting their website at www.azam.org.my.

 

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