The Malaysian edition of the world’s biggest little festival celebrates its sweet 16 birthday this year with a month-long celebration. The annual SHORT+SWEET Malaysia festival returns from 30 September 2023 to 29 October 2023 at klpac.
Festival Director Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican said, “We are excited to celebrate SHORT+SWEET Malaysia’s 16th season with a bumper edition where we will be premiering almost 100 new works in theatre, comedy, song, dance, musical theatre and film. We are overwhelmed by the number of entries, which is almost double of what we received last year, as well as the exciting variety of ideas and content. SHORT+SWEET fans are in for a treat this year.”
SHORT+SWEET is a festival that lives up to its name as it only premieres new works that are 10 minutes or under. If you are one of those that cannot make up your mind between laksa Johor or char kuay teow, cendol or ais kacang, this is perfect for you because it is like a giant buffet where you can sample many different bite-sized theatrical treats in one night.
The 16th season began in April with a string of SHORT+SWEET workshops by the who’s who in the industry including film producer and director Lina Tan, Godfather of Malaysian comedy Harith Iskander, musical genius Vale Wong, choreographer Zhafir Muzani, singer-songwriter, Fuad Alhabshi of Kyoto Protocol, playwright Mark Beau de Silva and director Joe Hasham OAM.
This time, an estimated 400 artistes and creatives will be part of the festival throughout the month, making it a lively congregation and gathering for the arts fraternity and a warm welcome for newcomers eager to make their mark.
Beginning with SHORT+SWEET Film from 30 September to 1 October, it dives into the light- hearted SHORT+SWEET Stand-Up Comedy and Song segment from 6 to 8 October before moving on to SHORT+SWEET Musical & Theatre (Week 1) from 13 to 14 October and SHORT+SWEET Dance from 20 to 22 October. The season wraps up with SHORT+SWEET Musical & Theatre (Week 2) from 27 to 29 October.
Pick your favourite genre or watch them all. Join in the fun by voting for your favourite act to help them stand a chance to win the Audience Choice Award. Each group is competing for a place in the finals and, ultimately, to win awards and prizes presented at the Gala Finale made possible by its sponsors – an anonymous donor, BOH Plantations, Cave & Cellar, CloudJoi, Dancesteps Studio, Jabatan Kebudayaan & Kesenian Negara (JKKN), Kakiseni, klpac, RED Communications, Mangosteen, Mekar Budaya, Mok & Co Engineering, MR. D.I.Y., MUKA Space, The Actors Studio, The Actors Studio Foundation and Yamaha Music Malaysia.
This will also mark the first SHORT+SWEET Malaysia edition, where the coveted Creative Excellence Award will be introduced across all the different segments.
An annual highlight of klpac’s programming since 2008, SHORT+SWEET has been a key driver behind the creation of a huge pool of new works. It has premiered more than 1,000 works and showcased an astounding 5,575 emerging and established talents on stage.
SHORT+SWEET was founded by Mark Cleary in Sydney and has since grown into a global festival brand with SHORT+SWEET festivals all over the world such as Dubai, England, USA, India, Ireland and more.
Tickets for SHORT+SWEET Film are priced at RM24 with a group price of RM240 (Buy 10, Free 1) while the remaining segments are priced at RM38 with a group price of RM380 (Buy 10, Free 1). Gala Night tickets are at RM50. Tickets can be purchased online via www.cloudjoi.com.