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The 5th Melaka Art & Performance Festival (MAPFest)

The 5th Melaka Art & Performance Festival (MAPFest), the largest and only site specific art and performance festival on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, run from 22-24 November 2013, with art installations and performances by more than 50 renowned local and international artists from 10 countries.

Artists from Australia, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea and Thailand will be performing on the streets of Melaka. The historic city will become their canvas, and come alive with magnificent images and performances.

MAPFest is an innovative contemporary festival featuring dance, performance art, visual art, film and music. The festival promotes Melaka to the world as a creative hub for innovative arts, where the arts is integrated with heritage.

For the first time since its inception in 2009, MAPFest will be kicking off a new sister festival in Australia: Mapping Melbourne – Asian Contemporary Arts Festival (Australia) on 5 December 2013. It is produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria, a partner of MAPFest for the last four years.

Agung Gunawan & Deasylina Da Ary performing Heart Flower during Cerita Pendek 1.

Through the years, MAPFest has not only gained a high national profile but also increased its international status, being recognised for its programme of exciting independent artists, collaborations and its use of alternative sites for performance. The festival throws the spotlight on Melaka’s famous heritage sites, and its collective ancestral heritage, to create a space for contemporary culture and artistic practice.

MAPFest 2013 is produced by Arts & Performance Festival Melaka Sdn Bhd together with the efforts of E-Plus Entertainment, the Australian Government, High Commission of Australia, Australia Malaysia Institute, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Tony Yap Company, Mercatus+ Malaysia, Asialink, the Embassies of France, Thailand and Indonesia, the High Commission of Ireland and the Malaysian National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN).

MAPFest 2013 is free and open to public. Festival goers can find more information at

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