What’s in store for 15JohorAF? (Week One 1-7 Sept)

August 21, 2018




An honest look into the lives of  JB’s migrants.


Step into the lives of some of Johor Bahru’s most under-represented communities with Border/less – a 6-part photography exhibition that examines the daily routines of the city’s foreign labourers.


Through the perspectives of local students from Southern University College, the exhibition aims to shine a spotlight on these familiar strangers, who live amongst us under the gaze of Malaysian societal norms – bringing us an inside look at the joys and sorrows of their daily lives.


Sunday, 16 Sept 2018 – Sharing Session & Film Screening

Venue: Permata Ballroom, The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru

Time: 2.00PM


1 – 30 September 2018 – Photography Exhibition

Venue: Lobby, The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru

Time: 10.00AM – 7.00 PM









In its often-overlooked narrow waterways, beautiful everyday stories unfold. Take a fresh look at Selat Johor through a beautiful visual collection by renowned local photographer Zulkiflie Maarof or better known as Cabi.

The collection of photos is a reflection of the reticent photographer's signature style and features subtle moments along the straits in beautiful still photos.


Photography Exhibition:

1 – 30 September 2018

Venue: Lobby, The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru

Time: 10.00AM – 7.00 PM







Feed your hungered artistic souls with poetry and creativity!


Poetic Vibes returns to the 15JohorAF with an amazing jam-packed line-up.


Meet notable Malaysian writer and act activist Fazleena Hishamuddin who will be presenting a special monodrama performance and speaking about her newly launched book Tari Pasar Perempuan.


The session also includes a zine class by Farel Omar, followed by the launch of the zine Singularity by Arina Leow.


Then, be serenaded with and poems and short stories by the fun peeps from the JB Poet Society.

Of course, nothing would be complete without music and Burn Da Box, Johor’s latest music talent will be there to play some tunes!


Venue: Sedap Corner, Johor Bahru

Time: 3.00PM

At Door Purchase: RM 10 (Limited Spaces – Contact 60197139900 for bookings)





Making do with less, happily.

From farm to fashion, Kulit On The Go reveals the heart and art in leather crafting. In a materialistic world pre-occupied with consumerism, this artisan stays afloat in business travelling to his customers to produce custom-made orders. Despite his attempts to redefine luxury goods, society has other plans for him.


Performed in English, Malay, Mandarin, and Hokkien.


Venue: Permata Ballroom, The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru

Time: 8.00PM

Online Purchase: RM 50 (Regular), RM 30 (Student)*


At Door Purchase: RM 60 (Regular), RM 36 (Student)*



* Please present your Student ID upon registration at the counter



Erwin Shah Ismail – Performer / Crafter / Playwright

Erwin Shah Ismail is the first male Singaporean to graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA (Honours) Acting in 2011. From then on, he has performed in over 40 professional theatre productions, including shows toured in Malaysia, Philippines, Scotland and Peru. He has also done over 20 screen work productions on film and television including networks like AXN, HBO Asia and MediaCorp. Erwin has established himself not only as a trilingual actor but a voice-over artist, singer, musician, host and playwright. He has been nominated twice for Best Supporting Actor at the Life! Theatre Awards in 2013 and 2015, for his role as Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet (W!ld Rice) and Grasshopper in The Ant & The Grasshopper (ITheatre) respectively. When not performing, he is a leather crafter and has created a custom leather goods label #kulitonthego on social media.


Baba Richard Tan – Director

Richard has been grooming young artistes since he was Artistic Director (Dance) of SAF Music Drama Company. With over 20 years of National Day Parades, he has choreographed and directed numerous cultural troupes for Chingay Parades and has contributed to The Singapore Arts Festival. He founded Dance Circle Studios and is currently Artistic Director of The Main Wayang Company. As Chairman of GenerAsia Limited, he initiated the Peranakan Arts Festival, where he wrote and directed the musical comedy, Bibik Behind Bars, Kena Again. Having directed Kulit On The Go, Richard is delighted to humbly find his way back to the simplicity of stage performance.





The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra returns to JB for one night only as part of their 2018 tour!

Immerse yourself in a wealth of soundscapes beginning with Mozart’s celebrated Marriage of Figaro Overture and Symphony No. 40, followed by the lively Mercu Kegemilangan by local composer Vivian Chua – then journey with us into the fantastic worlds of Hayao Miyazaki with music from Castle in the Sky and My Neighbour Totoro!


MOZART Marriage of Figaro Overture

MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G minor

**** interval ****

CHUA Mercu Kegemilangan (Chamber version)

HISAISHI Kimi Wo Nosete

HISAISHI My Neighbour Totoro


Venue: Persada Johor International Convention Centre

Time: 8.00PM

Online Purchase: RM 200 (VIP), RM 100 (Regular), RM 50 (Student)*


At Door Purchase: RM 240 (VIP), RM 120 (Regular), RM 60 (Student)*


* Please present your Student ID upon registration at the counter





No notes, no rules, just drums!


Join the circle and drum to your heart’s content with the Joyous Community Drum Circle by Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club. The drum circle facilitators will be the club's music teacher Magdalena Liew and Haiqal Hermanshah Rahman, a drum circle facilitator with “The Colors of Sounds”.


For drum circle newbies, all you really need to do is show up! If you have a drum and want to bring it along, you can do that too! No drum, bring a can, bring a box or just tap and clap during this fun-filled workshop.


Venue: Sedap Corner, Johor Bahru

Time: 10.00AM







Explore the beauty and grandeur of Bharatanatyam with internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Ajith Bhaskar, together with the Suvarna Company dancers!


Bharatanatyam is one of the most fluid artforms that has the comprehensiveness to explore any idea or theme. More than just a repertoire, it is a universal language that translates thoughts and emotions through movement, melody, mime and words. This 60-minute performance will showcase the versatility of this dance form with a unique selection of dances set to various genres of music within the Indian classical music framework.


And if you’re new to Bharatanatyam, not to worry – Ajith himself will be delivering a brief pre-show lecture demonstration to highlight the salient features of Bharatanatyam, providing insights into the pieces to be performed and opening fresh perspectives and deeper appreciation for the intricate and revered South Indian classical dance form.

Venue: Permata Ballroom, The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru

Time: 8.00PM

Online Purchase: RM 100 (VIP), RM 50 (Regular), RM 30 (Student)  


At Door Purchase: RM 120 (VIP), RM 60 (Regular), RM 36 (Student) 


* Please present your Student ID upon registration at the counter


Ajith Bhaskar

Ajith Bhaskar is one of the most accomplished male Bharatanatyam dancers of his generation. A lawyer by training and dancer by choice, his devotion to dance is absolute. Ajith with his "Nureyev appeal"(Los Angeles Times) has shone on stages around the world, including prestigious venues such as the Lincoln Centre and the Joyce Theater on Broadway.


Suvarna Fine Arts

For over two decades, Suvarna has been recognized as one of the most active catalysts of Bharatanatyam in Malaysia. Based in Johor, Suvarna's distinct and original works present authentic classicism on the contemporary stage with universal appeal.


Suvarna boasts an impressive repertoire of professional collaborations both locally and abroad. Suvarna is recognized for vibrant dance renditions, striking choreography and innovative theatrical presentations in keeping with its desired objective of promoting and nurturing classical dance, Suvarna continues to train a succession of dancers through its various branches in Johor conducted by senior graduates of the academy.




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