KUALA LUMPUR, 14th January 2016 – Titian Budaya has been making the news in the local arts and culture community with a series of arts initiatives and outreach programmes. The three-month long cultural festival to mark 50 years of bilateral ties between Singapore and Malaysia was officially launched by Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak in November 2015. Titian Budaya has since brought to the public a broad spectrum of creative forms and activities, ranging from arts and crafts to dance, film, literature, music, theatre and talks.
The celebrations kicked off with Next Door @ Publika, a fun filled weekend of activity and ‘artivity’ presented by Singapore and Malaysian artists, musicians and artisans. In December 2015, Titian Budaya Night: Crossing Cultures was held at the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS celebrating the shared musical traditions and influences on both sides of the causeway. The sold-out gala concert was attended by Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu and Malaysia’s Minister of Tourism and Culture, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz.
Over the past three months, Titian Budaya has succeeded in building cultural bridges between Singapore and Malaysia. Its programmes have enhanced the KL public’s appreciation for the arts and creative talents of both countries. By its close, Titian Budaya’s programmes and events would have reached out to an estimated 20,000 people from all walks of life.
Titian Budaya closed with the launch of the first-ever Singapore Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur comprising ten films that include popular narrative-fiction, award-winning art-house films, and documentaries. High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore Mr Vanu Gopala Menon launched the four-day festival at the gala opening held at Golden Screen Cinemas in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.