It’s not just parties, DJ’s and clubs for us. In our final installment of The Best of 2010, we’ve got the best art event, art space, fashion event and up for it crowd. Also we deem the best person to follow on twitter (besides us) and a special mention for some special folks!
Text: Ben Liew, Emma Lee, Kevin Yeoh + Miranda Yeoh
Best Art Event: SAMA-SAMA GUESTHOUSE ALTERNATIVE ART FESTIVAL @ SAMA-SAMA GUESTHOUSE + KARABAU ROCK BAR
Throngs of Malaysian and foreign fringe artists invaded Jonker Street in Melaka, and transformed the Sama-Sama Guesthouse into a teeming art space. This ambitious, 3-day alternative arts festival also had musicians blasting local eardrums-and mind-f*cking them at the same time-at Karabau Rock Bar.
Best Art Space: MAP KL
With loads of events held every month, this new art venue at Solaris Dutamas is quickly gaining a reputation as a centre for creativity. Not surprising, since the management here consists of artists themselves.
Best Fashion Event: Chic Pop
A huge fashion drawing card for style queens around KL, this quarterly fashion street market always delivers an incredible selection of clothing, accessories and odd bric-a-brac, from vintage- and club-wear to bags, shoes and jewellery to Lomo cams and toys. Bargains come in every shape and form, and include Chic POP‘s very own Chic Charity initiative selling pre-loved clothes, with all proceeds donated to the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO).
Most Up-for-it Crowd: VIDEO GAMES LIVE @ KL CONVENTION CENTRE
They might be shy, nerdy types who never leave their rooms, but on that fateful day, they became raging (and pretty scary) fan boys and girls. Just imagine your favourite video game songs being executed to perfection by an awesome ensemble of professional musicians and composers in an orchestral setting, and you get a night that is out of this world.
Best Twitter-er: @kanyewest
Okay…so does anyone get what he’s saying? No? That’s cos he’s a genius (or just a megalomaniac). Follow him here.
Special Mention: Mak Wai Hoo (Soundscape Records)
From Kings of Convenience to Kula Shaker to The Album Leaf to Mogwai, one-man-army music promoter Mak has not only brought indie act after act this year (and the years before), but has also been pushing leftfield acts like Nao and Tenderfist into the spotlight. Well done, dude!