– UPDATED 28 June 2021 – 

Thank you all for your love and support. From the time we re-opened in March up til last night’s show, we‘ve enjoyed every minute and loved welcoming everyone back.

Wished that we could’ve been open on our 9 May birthday.

You know the drill… some important updates.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the FMCO, now known as phase one of the National Recovery Plan, is extended until Malaysia records fewer than 4,000 Covid-19 cases.

Affected shows / events:
1. 心声 Inner Thoughts (7 – 9 May performances): CANCELLED (may be restaged at later date)
2. Backstage Bites @ klpac (9 May): CANCELLED
3. klpac Orchestra Audition (12 May): CANCELLED
4. pragina : EMOSI (26 – 30 May): POSTPONED (new date coming soon)

Our box office will be in touch with you if you’ve purchased tickets for the affected shows. If you have not been contacted or wish to donate your refund, please get in touch with jennifer@klpac.org or fill in the form here.

During the FMCO aka Phase One of National Recovery Plan period:
• Our team will be mostly working from home
• CrafRoasters will be open for take-away / delivery (Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm) via http://craf.alacarte.my or Grab
• Venue booking / enquiries: fill in https://bit.ly/hireourvenue_enquiry

How to reach us? Please do not call as most of us will be working from home. Click here to DM us on Facebook or e-mail us:
Box Office: jennifer@klpac.org
Academy: academy@klpac.org
Venue Hire: lawrence@klpac.org
PR / Marketing: maggie@klpac.org; vishallini@klpac.org
Donations / Sponsorship: yuemay@klpac.org; ian@klpac.org

It’ll continue to be an uphill battle as we’ve barely started our recovery.

If you are able to, do consider making a donation to help us through this difficult time.

Online Donation (Click here for Donation Step-by-Step Guide) 
https://www.klpac.org/donations/

Bank transfer:

Account Name: The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre
Bank: CIMB Bank Berhad
Account No: 80-0060994-7
(Do e-mail receipts to lily@klpac.org; ian@klpac.org)

Account Name: The Actors Studio Sdn. Bhd.
Bank: RHB
Account No: 2142 7700 0117 90
(Do e-mail receipts to gan@theactorsstudio.com.my; ian@theactorsstudio.com.my)

In the meantime, stay safe everyone and follow us online as other activities such as Talking About and Storytime with Uncle Joe & Aunty Faridah will continue.

#ArtsIsEssential
#klpac
#TheActorsStudio

FMCO aka Phase One of National Recovery Plan SOP For Selangor and W.P Kuala Lumpur (as of 6 July) click here for BM version, click here for English translation.

 

klpac’s Covid-19 Related SOPs

Please read our full SOPs:
SOPs for audiences/visitors/patrons here.
SOPs for production team and crew here.
SOPs for Academy here.

 

 

This open letter has been sent to YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri (MOTAC), YB. Dato’ Saifuddin bin Abdullah (KKMM), YBhg. Datuk Mohd Rabin bin Basir (MKN) and YB Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob.

Re: Arts Industry’s Imminent Collapse Due to Prolonged Closure

315 days. Almost a whole year. A year our theatre has been deprived of an audience.

When we first reopened in July 2020, Joe Hasham OAM (Co-Founder & Artistic Director) said “Without you, our audience…we are nothing” as he thanked each one of them.

Since the pandemic started, we have struggled to raise enough funds each month. And when we did, Ian Chow (General Manager) would exclaim “We’ve built the bridge (for this month)! Because oftentimes the only answer we could provide was – we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

15 months of this. After clearing out our cheques this month, we will be left with RM5,000 or so in our bank account. Our staff has been kept informed each step of the way. Already their pay cut was increased to 40 – 60% when MCO 3.0 came about. It is highly likely they will be switched to contract staff soon. We’ve tried our best to hold fast to our promise that we will not retrench them.

50% of our loss comes from venue rental which we cannot make up as long as our venues are closed. Venue rental dipped 80% in 2020 compared to 2019. What we earned in terms of ticket sales via a month of online shows (4 in total) was less than half of what we would have earned from one live performance.

There is no ‘end’ in sight. Covid-19 may be around for a long time more. Does that mean the arts will be shut down indefinitely through to 2022 and beyond? It will be too late for any sort of recovery.

And so, it is time for Malaysia to decide – whether it still wants the arts to be part of the local landscape when we emerge from this catastrophe. Our audiences, our artistes, our students, our arts workers – say yes. Now, it is up to the powers that be that govern Malaysia.

Instead of putting the arts under a negative list, shut down indefinitely and last to reopen – we have to accept the facts and change the narrative. Yes, Covid-19 will be around. How do we then continue to do this safely while minimising risk?

First, fast track vaccination for all artistes and arts workers. klpac & penangpac can be a PPV for the arts industry like how KLIA is for the aviation industry. 60% of our staff have had their first dose but 40% still have no appointments. There are many others in the industry waiting on their appointments, eager to get back to work.

Second, ensure our immediate survival by allowing us to record performances and programmes at least. The scale of our recording is small, our cast and crew are minimal. It can be less than 10 pax. Cut the red tape and bureaucracy. We can’t wait until Phase 3. We are drowning.

Third, we need to segregate the arts / live events from social activities. Please take a leaf from Singapore. Performances could still continue while they capped social gathering at 2 pax. Why? Our audiences wear masks with strict SOPs in place while you are more likely to remove your mask in a personal setting. No clusters were traced back to theatres.

Fourth, we understand the National Security Council is swamped. NSC should empower the Ministries to work with key players on a safe reopening – this can include pilot tests of small-scale performances. Please do not penalise industries that were not the source of clusters. Let us move forward with evidence-based data and not just an outright shut down. If musicians are allowed to perform all day long at PPVs which see a traffic flow of 8,000 daily, then why not at other venues with a 50 pax capacity for just one hour.

Fifth, some of us are sitting on production and programme grants which we cannot use as venues are not open. The irony when we cannot even make salaries. Let’s put KPI and ROIs aside. Help us survive first. That in itself is already a KPI. Please don’t downplay the devastating effects of the pandemic on the arts.

Sixth, new grants and assistance should take into our account our needs. If you want us to be at Phase 3, you have to help us cross Phase 1 and 2 somehow.

Seventh, we need to lift the whole ecosystem. We need venue subsidies so artistes and arts groups can stage or record shows again to kickstart the industry. Venues need help with operational costs – that takes priority over programming for now. Waive the deposit for entertainment license especially in KL. Who can afford RM10k now? Tax deduction and benefits need to be given to those who purchase a ticket (like buying a book), rent a venue, sponsor or donate. Sponsors or donors of arts centres like ours do not get tax exemption which is a huge disservice during such a crisis. There are a lot of tax incentives to boost local tourism, why not local arts then? Over in Singapore, arts donations fall under charity which is eligible for a 250% tax deduction.

We are not ready to throw in the towel. We are more than willing to put our backs into it despite our mental and physical exhaustion.

We are asking for fair consideration, not more than what we deserve. Many other industries have been / are operating with cases and clusters.

We are asking for a chance to safeguard our own livelihoods.

And to return some dignity to artistes and arts workers.

We want to thank all those who have been supporting us through this crisis, many of them just ordinary folks, retirees, fellow artistes who have been chipping in a bit here and there and our long-term partners.

For the survival of Malaysian theatre.

Warm wishes,
Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican
Co-Founder & Executive Producer
On behalf of klpac, The Actors Studio & penangpac

 

1. Since shows have been cancelled / postponed, will I get a refund?

Yes. Our team will contact those who have purchased tickets. If you have further questions or if you’d like to donate your refund back to klpac, do e-mail jennifer@klpac.org and vaideggy@klpac.org.

 

2. Are you running any other activities in the meantime?

Yes, we have several projects running including Talking AboutBarang Best @ klpac and Storytime with Uncle Joe & Aunty Faridah.

 

3. How has Covid-19 impacted klpac?

All of klpac’s revenue streams have been severely impacted be it venue rental, ticket sales or academy courses. If you’re in the position to help, do consider making a donation here. Our losses for 2020 due to Covid-19 are close to RM2 million for klpac and The Actors Studio.

 

4. How do I stay updated on upcoming shows and activities?

Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, join our mailing list or check our website for the latest updates.

 

5. Postponed / Cancelled Shows

Show Dates Title Status
2020    

 

18 – 22 March

21 – 22 March

24 March

31 March

 

2 – 5 April

24 – 26 April

16 & 17 Oct

23 & 24 Oct

28 Oct – 1 Nov

31 Oct – 1 Nov

14 & 15 Nov

21 & 22 Nov

2 – 6 Dec

17 – 20 Dec

 

Yesterday Once More 3

Music In The Jungle

Dancebox March 2020

Manu Chao South-East Asian Tour – Sibérie m’était contée

9th National Chinese Cultural Dance
Open Competition

Ballet Illuminations 2020

Short+Sweet Malaysia 2020: Dance (KL)

Short+Sweet Malaysia 2020: Theatre (KL)

Cabaret Series: Divas Live!

7th Malaysia Dance Competition 2020

Immersion & Bodhidharma

The Dream of the Red Mansions

Pecah Lobang

Don’t Let Hantu Know

 

Postponed 22-26 July
Cancelled

Cancelled

Cancelled

 

Cancelled

Postponed

Postponed

Postponed

Postponed

Postponed

Postponed

Cancelled

Postponed

Postponed
22 – 25 April

2021    

14 – 17 Jan

7 – 9 May

9 May

12 May

26 – 30 May

Ra’i

Inner Thoughts

Backstage Bites

klpac Orchestra Audition

pragina : EMOSI

Cancelled

Cancelled

Cancelled

Postponed

Postponed

     
     
     
     
     
     

 

Talking About

Brainchild of Joe Hasham OAM, Talking About is our all-new documentary series that revolves around casual chats with arts makers that offer a rare glimpse into how a production is brought to life. A new episode will be released via our YouTube channel every two weeks. Click here for more information.

If you’d like to see more these, consider making a donation via https://www.klpac.org/donations/ (indicate “TalkingAbout” in remarks). Our losses due to Covid-19 have exceeded RM1.4 million.

Storytime with Uncle Joe & Aunty Faridah

Stuck and home with nothing to do?

Grab that hot choc, round up your kids (husbands included), stuffed animals or fur babies and tune in to Storytime with Uncle Joe & Aunty Faridah!

They’re graciously sparing some time to read stories for all you kids (and kids at heart!).

Happy listening!

A new episode will be released via our YouTube channel. Click here for more information.

If you’d like to see more these, consider making a donation via https://www.klpac.org/donations/ (indicate “Storytime” in remarks). Our losses due to Covid-19 have exceeded RM1.4 million.

Barang Best @ klpac

Barang Best @klpac is our brand new shop on FB and at klpac’s lobby. It all started when artist Kamwei gifted us with 38 prints. It was the third time Kamwei has gifted us his works. Soon, more items from poured in. We’ve started this lil shop hoping to find these gifts of love an equally loving new home. Shop and support the arts now!

Click here for more information.

 

Speech & Drama Programmes by The Actors Studio Academy @ klpac 

The semester-based, year-long programme introduces students to the magic of storytelling, exercises their imagination, prepares them to perform for an audience in a group and by themselves.

We aim to nurture every student’s sense of self, their relation to one another and the world, and the expression of the two through Speech & Drama.

Preschool Speech & Drama: 3 – 6 years old
Speech & Drama: 7 – 18 years old

If you’d like to review the course information, click here or download our latest brochure here.

If you’d like to register, do fill up the online registration here.

 

Message from Our Founders (17 March 2020)

In the thirty-one years of our wondrous existence, this is the first time we have had to close our doors. As necessary as it is, it still breaks our hearts.

Faridah and I, on behalf of klpac, TAS, and penangpac regret to announce the immediate cancellation of all activities until the end of this month. This is in line with the government’s directive to restrict all public movement and gatherings. In this challenging time we are deeply saddened, but we are cognizant that our first priority must always be the safety and well-being of our patrons, our employees, both full time and freelancers, and to the greater community at large. Our hearts go out to all the other theatre groups and freelance practitioners who, unfortunately, do not have the wherewithal to combat this present crisis.

To our patrons, God love you, who have most kindly donated refunds of purchased tickets, we thank you for your caring generosity. To those who are awaiting refunds on purchased/cancelled performances, we ask for your patience. We are only able to process it after the Order comes to an end. We are forever grateful for your understanding and with your help we will remain positive in these uncertain times.

God bless you, and thank you for supporting Malaysian Theatre.

Joe & Faridah

#SaveYourSeat #Saveklpac

This is a fundraiser for klpac but there will be no show.

We don’t know when our next show will be and under what circumstances.

Now, some theatre halls are sponsored by corporates. But what if we had 504 individual sponsors, one for each seat in klpac’s main theatre Pentas 1. Pick your favourite seat and adopt one! Founded as a “teater untuk rakyat” (theatre for the community), it would be wonderful to have a whole community of supporters behind us.
We may not be able to gift you with a physical show now in return but we promise that we will gift Klang Valley with many, many more shows and programmes in years to come.

We urge you to adopt that seat for the future of klpac and the future of the arts in Malaysia because #TogetherWeCan!

This adopt-a-seat programme and benefits are for 2020 only.

#SaveYourSeat #Saveklpac