What is Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival?
The Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival (YSDAF) is the largest free-for-all arts festival in Malaysia. Presented by Yayasan Sime Darby and The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), it takes place once every two years. It is open to everyone of all ages and abilities with close to 350 events spread over two days including music, theatre, film, dance, exhibits and more!
What is the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival theme this year?
The theme this year is “You, Me + The Arts”, championing inclusivity of Malaysia’s diverse communities. YSDAF 2018 is about all of us, irrespective of our abilities, ages, colours, shapes and sizes. Besides the usual arts offerings, there will be special activities this year that champion various causes and under-served communities such as those with disabilities, autism and HIV / AIDs. Check out our Festival Schedule to find out more about what’s going on at our Festival Finale. The causes-related activities are marked “Causes”.
When and where is Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival
The YSDAF 2018 finale takes place on 18 & 19August at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) from 11AM to 8PM. There will be a special opening performance on 18 August only at 10.30AM with 40 drummers and 20 street performers for the public. On 19 August, there will also be a Gala Night performance entitled Adam! The Musical at 8.30PM for the public.
Who can attend Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival?
Everyone including kids! Come with your families, friends, neighbours and loved ones!
Do I need to buy tickets for Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival?
No, admission to the event is free. No tickets are required, except for the Gala Night performance. All you have to do is come to our Festival Finale on 18 & 19 August 2018.
How do I get tickets to the Gala Night?
The Gala Night tickets are free-for-all. However, there are limited spaces available. Find out here on how to get tickets. Redeem your Gala Night ticket from the Information Counter from 6PM onwards on 19 August 2018 at YSDAF finale weekend. Show starts at 8.30PM and will end by 10.30PM.
Are the workshops free of charge too?
Yes! There are workshops for children through to adults – some have specific age groups while others are for all ages. Information on the workshops are available here. Bring your friends and family along and have a great weekend out!
How do I sign up for the workshops?
There is no pre-registration for the workshops before the festival finale weekend. You can sign up for the workshops 15 minutes before the workshop time outside the specified location. As spaces are limited for each workshop, entry is by first-come-first-served basis only. Priority for selected workshops will be given to disabled persons e.g. Sensory Photograpy: The Art of Seeing Without Seeing, and more. For more information, visit our Information Counter at the Festival Finale.
How do I get to klpac via public transport?
- The Star Line Sentul (ST10) LRT station is 10 minutes away from klpac by taxi or Grab cars.
- By Rapid KL bus, the closest landmark is the KFC, Batu 3, Jalan Ipoh bus stop.
- Kindly note that the KTM Sentul station is not open for operation, but commuters can still travel to this destination via shuttle services provided by RapidKL.
Are there shuttle services provided by YSDAF?
Yes. There will be to-and-fro shuttle vans from three different meeting points: KTM Sentul, LRT Sentul, and the Sentul Park guardhouse. Kindly note that the KTM Sentul station is not open for operation, but commuters can still travel to this destination via shuttle services provided by RapidKL. The shuttle service begins at 9:30AM and ends at 10PM, with pick-ups at every 30-minute interval. The last shuttle out of klpac is at 10:00PM.
How do I identify a YSDAF service shuttle van?
YSDAF shuttle vans will have a poster or placard at the front of the vehicle indicating “YSDAF”. Do keep a look out for it before riding the van.
Is parking available?
Yes, outdoor parking is available. It is free of charge, but bear in mind that only limited spaces are available. Do come early, park wisely and avoid double-parking other cars to ensure that everyone has ease of entry and exit to and from the Festival Finale.
AT THE VENUE
Is klpac disabled friendly?
Yes. klpac is equipped with disabled parking and access via wheelchair to Pentas 1, Pentas 2 and disabled-friendly toilets on the Ground Floor. There are also wheelchair friendly seats available at Pentas 1. klpac has two carpark lots for disabled persons. Lift access is available up to Level 2 only (none on Level 3). Most areas are wheelchair accessible except some of the lawn area.
Two sign language interpreters will be stationed at the Information Counter at the Ground Floor lobby. There will also be dedicated Festival Secretariats at the festival grounds to assist you should you need any help navigating the festival. We also have at least 10 Festival Ambassadors who will assist the disabled persons throughout the festival grounds, including near the drive-thru.
To identify the Festival Secretariats and Festival Ambassadors, look for those wearing purple YSDAF shirts and lanyards. Find out more about our disability access at #YSDAF2018 here.
Are there ATMs at the festival?
Are there Surau(s) at klpac?
Yes there are. Suraus are available for both male and female next to the respective rest room spaces located on the ground floor of klpac, nearby the Resource Centre and Security Counter.
Are nursing rooms available?
While we are not equipped with a designated nursing room, mothers may head to the sick bay / holding room at Level 2. If in need of assistance, do look out for any Festival Secretariat on our festival grounds.
As this Festival take place outdoors and indoors, should I be worried about the weather condition?
We do recommend for you to bring your own hat, umbrella or raincoat as the weather pattern can be unpredictable. If it is not raining heavily with lightning, most outdoor performances will be carried out accordingly. Some may be shifted indoors, be given a replacement slot, or cancelled entirely.
What can’t I bring to Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival?
No drugs, knives, weapons, or anything deemed harmful to the festival and illegal by Malaysian law.
Is photography and videography allowed at Yayasan Sime Darby Festival?
Yes! We also encourage you to take more pictures and upload them on your social media accounts with the hashtag #YSDAF2018. However, flash photography and heavy equipment are not allowed in theatre halls such as Pentas 1 and 2.
Will there be food at Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival?
Yes, there will be food available for purchase at the festival. There is a designated food and beverage space located outdoors beside Deck 2, overseeing the klpac lake. If our food trucks don’t fit your dietary needs, there are also three restaurants located within Sentul Park:
Serving café-style food
Open from 10AM – 8.30PM
- Samira by Asian Terrace
A Thai fine dining experience
Open 12pm – 11:45pm daily (Kitchen closes at 10:30pm)
- Bistro Richard
Serves Western European cuisine
Open from 12PM – 11PM
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
What do I do in case of an emergency evacuation?
Should there be any incident that warrants an evacuation from the Festival grounds, alarm bells will be sounded and it will be announced via the PA system. All activities should be stopped immediately. Fire wardens, led by our Security and Front-of-House teams, will direct festival goers to the emergency gathering point which is the lawn area next to Car Park C. Please avoid going to your vehicle and leaving the premise because this will cause unnecessary congestion and will delay emergency rescue services i.e. fire engine, ambulance, police etc. from reaching the Festival grounds in the shortest time possible.
Is there medical assistance standby in case of emergency?
Yes, personnel from St John Ambulans will be providing first aid care in case of any medical emergency. On top of that, there will be an ambulance stationed on our festival grounds.
How do I recognize the Festival Secretariat?
The Festival Secretariat will be dressed in the official YSDAF 2018 T-shirt. Besides, they will also have an identification tag.