Admiring art by the sea
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
Did you know that in Bahasa Sarawak, kites or ‘layang-layang ‘ are called ‘gudi’?
With a breathtaking view overlooking the sea and a calm breeze blowing through your hair, the Buntal Esplanade at Kampong Buntal, Santubong seems like the perfect place to fly your kites over the weekend.
From April 23-24, it became the backdrop for a totally different kind of activity – Art in the Park – an art education session aimed to encourage creative expression among children and youths.
Organised by local theatre group, Persatuan Anak Seni Kenyalang (Aksara) together with 9Lives, another local art movement, Art In the Park was a two-day event filled with fun artsy activities open for members of the public.
More than 100 participants joined in the fun, including 20 students from four schools each-SK Buntal, SK Pasir Pandak, SK Santubong and SMK Santubong.
Hoping to instill a deep appreciation of art among the youths, project manager of Art in the Park Amy Amin hopes that it could help foster their art creativity through the workshops conducted.
Among the workshops conducted for the participants were art jam session with 9Lives and theatre sessions with Aksara on the first day, while students got to participate in a batik painting workshop with Kraftangan Malaysia and a kite-making workshop by Aksara on the second day.
Aside from the interactive workshops, Aksara and 9Lives also collaborated with students from UiTM to exhibit some of their sculptures.
First time you’ve heard about Aksara?
Formed last year in May, Aksara is a local youth group which is passionate about theatre and performing arts.
Initially formed with the sole purpose of entering a theatre competition in Kuching, the group is now actively engaged in organising events around Kuching and currently have about 30 active members.
“When the competition ended, we found that we were actually passionate about what we do and so from there we just continued what we are doing now,” said Aksara president Hafriz Zulfadly.
Even though it was their first time participating in a theatre competition, the group managed to snatch second place at the Festival Teater Negeri Sarawak organised by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
Among other activities organised by Aksara were a music session called ‘Bunyi Jeraya’, sports session Cat City Run, movie session ‘Wayang Pacak’, poetry session ‘Malam Pengucapan’ and talent show session ‘Saji Bakat’.
Art in the Park is the first art education session organised by Aksara in collaboration with 9Lives with the support of the Ministry of Social Development (KPS), Kraftangan Malaysia, Peanutzin, Baitumal, UiTM and MaNoy Handicraft.
The theatre group is planning on organising an art bazaar sometime this year in collaboration with Jabatan Kebudayaan, Kesenian Dan Warisan Sarawak (JKKN Sarawak).
To know more updates on Aksara, check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PersatuanAksara/?fref=ts or follow them at Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/teater.aksara/