One of Malaysia’s most talented performing arts groups (and a favourite of mine) HANDS Percussion is on a quest to raise funds to enable 1,000 students to attend the attend the DRUMMING NATION <Kaleidoscope IV – HANDS International Drumming Festival>.
To be held in September, the festival will feature performances from both local and international artists from USA, Burkina Faso (West Africa), Germany and Indonesia.
The group has performed unique and exciting performances around the world including International Folklore Festival (2006) in Netherlands and Nanning International Folk Song Arts Festival (2011) in Nanning, China. Locally, HANDS have wowed audience with their performances of Kaleidoscope, Ri Yue Chu Yin and Dreams in November, a production that won Best Production Values at the 8th BOH Cameronian Arts Award.
The 90 minute programme on May 17-18 at Pentas 1 KLPac, include the performances Drumbeat Inferno, Rhythm Ride, In the Name of Celebration, Gamelan – Hong Do Qu, Wan Xia, Yue Yuan Hua Hao, Ju4 Ji2, Classic. Guest artists for the showcase will include Howz (Flutist, San Xian), Alubakhan (Guitarist), Stefano Chan (Vocal), Florian Antier (Cellist), and Wei Xiong (Er Hu). Both shows are at 8.30pm and is available via donation at RM400, RM800, RM2000, and RM4000.
Under the artistic direction of Bernand Goh, HANDS have been in the Malaysian performing arts scene from 1997. HANDS has always been interested in promoting the arts to the kids and want to expose them to our rich culture and heritage. Besides their Balik Kampung programme, HANDS in February 2014 started a cultural programme, Embracing the Arts Hand in Hand with HANDS, held in conjunction with their concert “The Next – Restage” at Istana Budaya.
The basic idea was a BIG HAND sponsors RM 5,000 to enable 40 LITTLE HANDS to participate in the said programme. The sponsorship money went towards tickets, tour guides, transportation costs and meals. The participants visited various attractions too – the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Visual Arts Gallery – before attending the concert. This programme was supported by 21 sponsors and about 1,200 students benefited.