Malaysia was part of the 5 nations that took part in the recently held SeaMAF 2012 (Southeast Asian Malay Art Festival). It was a festival that went for 3 days that saw Malaysia together with Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and The Netherlands taking part through an integrated programme focusing on the rich Malay culture and arts.
The event was held at Padangpanjang in West Sumatra, Indonesia where several activities and related programmes were held. The organizer of the SeaMAF 2012 is Padangpanjang’s Indonesia Institute of Art where according to its rector, Mahdi Bahar, they are looking to strengthen and revive the regional Malay culture and arts scene through this event.
Essentially, there were cultural performances, seminars, workshops as well as visual arts exhibition. The Visual Art program involved 7 reputable art schools which included Indonesia’s BKS-PTSI: ISI Denpasar, STKW Surabaya, ISI Surakarta, ISI Yogyakarta, IKJ Jakarta, STSI Bandung as well as ISI Padangpanjang who is the host. Meanwhile Thailand was represented by Songkhla Rajabath University while our very own artists from UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor represented the country that saw various types of artwork in several media like painting, Islamic calligraphy, sculptures and photography were shown involving about 200 pieces of artwork exhibited.
Performances were staged during the pre-opening event that include “Basamo Batando Jadi” while the Melayu Orchestra played “Tigo Sapilin, Burung Pungguk” while other performances include “Rentak Berdentang Bunyi” and “Zapin Al-Zafn” while the international seminar discussed around the theme entitled “Rediscovering the Treasures of Malay Culture” which involved renowned speakers from the delegates where Malaysia was represented by Prof. Dr. Abdul Latiff Bin AbubakarPeneliti from University Pendidikan Sultan Idris.