The highly-anticipated Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival (YSDAF) finale will be returning on 18th and 19th August 2018 to bring together different communities under one roof for a festival of music, dance, theatre, live art and everything in between.

Brought to you by Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) and The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), the free-for-all arts festival aims to enrich your mind and soul with almost 350 arts activities and performances.


With the theme “You, Me + The Arts,” YSDAF2018 will take you on a journey through crowd favourites as well as new programmes in line with the festival theme including dance, music, comedy, theatre, visual arts and children’s theatre in the form of performances, hands-on workshops, forums, screenings and exhibits.

“We realised that the YSDAF is a solid platform with a brand of its own that could highlight the stories of those from various corners of our society – the corners that we sometimes miss paying attention to in the rush of our daily lives,” said Yayasan Sime Darby Chief Executive Officer Puan Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin.

“So, for the third installation of the YSDAF, we decided to bring all of these initiatives, and more, under one roof. This year’s edition promises to be bigger and better than the previous instalments and we hope you will join us for a fun weekend!” she added.

Some of the festivals highlights include performance by Mathew Ngau Jau, the Sarawakian master of traditional instrument Sape; a workshop on disability equality by activist Peter Tan; talk by Andi Miranti, a teenage author / illustrator diagnosed with autism; and also a unique exhibition called Subject Y by Chin Wen Yen, a multi-sensory experience catered to the visually and hearing-impaired.

Music fans can look forward to an exciting line up of bands curated by Soundscape Records which comprises indie rock legends Bittersweet, experimental act Pastel Lite and Azmyl Yunor & Orkes Padu. Other highlights include a traditional segment called Sounds & Sights of Orang Ulu by The Tuyang Initiative, award-winning films such as Redha and Adiwiraku as well as crowd favourites like AIIA, NETMBR, Drum Simfoni, Lee Wushu Arts Theatre, Balletbase, Young KL Singers and Kwangtung Dance Company.

Before the finale, YSDAF2018 is also running a Battle of the Bands competition with Soundscape Records. The Top 8 Bands will perform at a satellite event o 29 and 30 June 2018 at Live Fact, Kota Damansara. The winner will be awarded RM2,000 and a chance to perform at the festival finale.


So get ready to enjoy a wide sampling of the arts at one go at Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival 2018: You, Me + The Arts. For more information, visit

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