10th Annual JB Arts Festival, 6 September to 5 October

The 10th Annual JB Arts Festival kicks off September 6th and has events through October 5th.

Performances this year include:


photo of Angels of the Hill dancers
Angels on the Hill – Angel Art and Dance Studio is an integrated art school equipped with innovative ethnic dancing skills, combining creativity with spirit and dancing principles. Established in April 2001, the school specialises and promotes traditional and cultural dance in Johor Bahru. They will be presenting 12 different dances, featuring 120 students ranging from the age of 3 to 21.

ASWARA – traditional and contemporary dances Malaysian dance company

Blues Gang

Dayang Noraini with Agungbeat

For the first time this year, they are charging an entrance fee of RM5 for all shows and performances (except ticketed events).

In addition there are many more presentations including activity based events:

  • Kidz Mania (Activities include sports, telematches, arts and crafts, drawing and painting and other contests. Open to all children aged from 4-6.)
  • Kompang Competition (For the fourth year, talented kompang troupes from Johor, other states in Malaysia and Singapore will compete for the prestigious Piala Pusingan Tan Sri Dato Shahrir Abdul Samad.)
  • Hossan Leong (He is a consummate performer whose skills include singing, dancing, acting, piano playing, and stand- up comedy.)
  • Maskara Shorties (Curated by Sindiket Sol-Jah, it is a showcase of short films, with a social message, produced and directed by passionate and talented filmmakers from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.)
  • National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Workshop (The NSO strings ensemble will be conducting a strings workshop, where they will be sharing interesting pointers and useful tips for students to further improve their musical abilities.)
  • The Curse (Sekolah Seni) (The talented students from Sekolah Seni Johor Bahru present an English experimental musical theatre, “The Curse”, based on the novel by Lee Su Ann.)
  • Tud Nakhon (Tud Nakhon (ตุด นาคอน) is truly an icon of southern Thai music.)
  • Art for Noah’s Ark (an art market-cum-exhibition, to raise funds for the animal shelter Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary)
  • Arty-Party (Every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) this September, from 4pm to 9pm, the group will be up on the hill at Bukit Timbalan (Sultan Ibrahim Building), holding activities for young and old. There will be arts and crafts markets, art exhibitions, DIY workshops, face painting and many others.)
  • Singer-Songwriters’ Festival (features three true blue Johor Bahru bands performing their own original compositions.)
  • The Jumping Jellybeans (bringing theatre to children through different acting techniques and interaction)
  • See the full schedule for many more events

Related: The 9th Johor Bahru Arts Festival Packs the Calendar (September 2012)Arts and Culture Carnival in Pasir Gudang, May 201318th Annual Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival