Here’s a sneak peek into the causes you’ll see at #YSDAF2018:
Allow your body to connect and heal your mind with a dance movement psychotherapy workshop titled The Body Never Lies, taught by registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist Janet Moo. Learn to explore your subconscious through movement, for a more integrated sense of self.
If you prefer to get your hands dirty, join our Expressive Painting workshop by Humankind. Engage in an activity of process painting which enables you to discover yourself and become a more purposeful, connected and confident individual.
For other heath-related causes, check out Cancer Research Malaysia as they conduct workshops and engagement activities to explore new discoveries and meaningful findings from scientific research; and Persatuan SLE Malaysia‘s booth as they sell handicrafts made by people living with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Visit both booths to learn more about these diseases and how we can support their causes.
Visit UNICEF’s #ThisAbility Truck, which travels around the country spreading messages on inclusion and the rights of children with disabilities. Join Dance Movement Psychotherapist Janet Moo as she conducts a workshop titled Dance Movement Therapy for Special Needs: Relate!, designed especially for special needs participants.
Our exhibitions, Barriers by Peter Tan and Seeing Through My Songs by Victor Chin will also help you ponder on the struggles and livelihood of disabled communities. Join Peter Tan’s workshop, Disability Equality Training — catered for ages 13 to 18, or 18 and above —to learn how you can create positive environments for our disabled friends.
Here are other activities you can check out under Disability Awareness: Pitch Start’s Subject Y by Chin Wen Yen, Creative Commons 2018: Art Takeover – Deria by ICAD, Introductory Sign Language Workshop, How to Assist the Blind Workshop, Opening Performance, Sensory Photography Workshop, and Art Beyond the Canvas by Janet Lee.
Traditional arts enthusiasts, we’ve got you covered! Take part workshops such as Tarian Ngajat, Chinese Fan Dance, Zapin, Sounds & Sights of the Orang Ulu Exhibit, Batik Workshop, Introduction to Gamelan, and Chinese Calligraphy Showcase by Tee Ying Jie (ICAD) to get in touch with your traditional roots.
Don’t forget to swing by other traditional arts activities such as Beading & Weaving Workshop by Rose Belare, Sape’ Performance / Demo by Mathew Ngau Jau, Introductory Sape’ Workshop for ages 9 to 12 or 13 years and above by Mathew Ngau Jau, Talk on Parap and Takna’ by Adrian Jo Milang, LIPSTICK! By Kamini Manikam, Chinese Calligraphy Workshop by Tee Ying Jie, Lee Wushu Arts Theatre, Persatuan Urumee Melam Malaysia, Mak Yong by BaiZam Generation Hoong Siamang Hooong by Hongjiejie Work Station, and Bangsawan Dendam Laksmana by Pat Ibrahim Project Entertainment.
Join the Snacks and Beading Workshop hosted by Project Heart in collaboration with Autism Cafe Project Malaysia to help raise awareness and empower youths with autism.
Other fun activities includes the Ned Dickens Author Talk, where autistic comic artist Andi Miranti shares about his inspiration behind his book series. Pair these activities with music to your ears by the NASOM Maestros and Keith Tan or watch Redha, a film about the struggles of raising a disabled child.
HIV / AIDS
Watch the film screening of Top 3 Winners of Indivior Red Ribbon Short Film Competition, and explore the stigmas surrounding HIV and AIDS victims. A new and improved Adam The Musical! returns after almost a decade after its first premiere, following the characters on a journey to find love, acceptance, and the courage to hope, dream and believe again.
Feast your eyes and soul on a Bharathanatyam piece, Lipstick! by Kamini Manikam, which uniquely revolves around gender equality. Couple that with Skin and Flowers: In Tend(er), which explores themes surrounding femininity, masculinity, and queerness in relation to one’s body.
Don’t forget to arm yourself with more knowledge on this subject matter by joining Women’s Aid Organisation’s Gender Equality Workshop which will help you grasp the concept and challenges surrounding the fight for gender equality throughout our society.
Explore The Tikar Project by Ashwaniy Sambasbang as she showcases design solutions on traditional floor mats to cater towards the homeless in Malaysia. Essentially, each of these floor mats would serve as a temporary and convenient portable shelter for our homeless friends.
Make sure to swing by these other activities to learn more about various social issues: Q&A by Patrick Teoh, Life Sdn Bhd: Issues, Adiwiraku Film Screening, Dreams by IDEAS Academy, Rainbow of Desire Workshop, and Rasa.
Take part in Anak Rimba “Friends of the Forest” Workshop that is open to parents and children to create a beautiful forest of Anak Rimba animals & friends, with characters from the book, Why Don’t I Look Like You?. There will also be a storytelling session with the authors of the book as they share the tale of “Timo” the Tapir.
Through the story, the creators, Abyan Junus-Nishizawa and Farah Landemaine, hope to give endangered Asian animals a centre stage and cultivate a nature-loving community.