Happy New Year! Let’s start 2024 on a good note by filling up our weekends with fun and exciting happenings in and around Kuala Lumpur. From cultural events and a musical to a pet-friendly market and an exhibition, this short list should keep you plenty busy this January.

Immerse in Chinese New Year Culture in Malaysia at ‘Arnab Berenang Pergi, Naga Berkayu Sakti’

    When: 20 to 28 January, closed on 22 January.
    Where: REXKL, 80, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur

    Admission: Free

    Why not immerse yourself in Chinese New Year-themed activities to kickstart celebrations for the Year of the Dragon in 2024? Thanks to Wui Leng Association, Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space, Findars, Moutou, and Voilà Meat Free Restaurant, you can do so at the ‘Arnab Berenang Pergi, Naga Berkayu Sakti’ event.

    Upskill with workshops like CNY cookie-making, learn how to make dumplings, and even printmaking! There will also be music events held, movie screenings for all to enjoy, and flash tattoos available. Field historian, Lee Eng Kew will also be hosting a talk, titled ‘An Overview of Chinese New Year Culture in Malaysia’.

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    Experience a unique musical produced and curated by Lawrence Chiu

    When: 19 January, 8:30pm (open rehearsal) & 20 January, 8pm (concert)
    Where: The Godown, 11, Lorong Ampang, off Jalan Bukit Nanas, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

    Admission: RM55 (open rehearsal) & RM85 (concert)

    Featuring a talented ensemble of instrumentalists, Spectrum of Sentiment is a collaborative work that combines music with art and movement. This soul-enriching production is beautiful and gentle and will cover themes like love, loss, courage, hope, and resilience. Supported by The Godown and The Flute Store, audiences can attend the open rehearsal or the concert show, which features original music composed by Lawrence Chiu.

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    Shop for a good cause with Sisters In Islam

    When: 20 & 21 January, 11am to 4pm
    Where: The Ploy, G-02, Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Off Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur

    Admission: Free

    What better way to kickstart 2024 than with some shopping and, while you’re at it, contribute to a good cause? From dangly earrings to one-of-a-kind necklaces, you can find some dazzling jewellery pieces to complement your existing wardrobe at Sisters In Islam’s Pre-Loved Jewellery Sale. All proceeds will go to Sisters In Islam, which supports meaningful women’s rights causes.

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    Explore the unique wonders of Japan’s culture and spirit

    When: 20 January to 4 February, 10am to 5pm; Open only on Thursdays to Sundays and public holidays
    Where: temu house, 49 Jalan 16/9E, Seksyen 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    Admission: Free

    The Tokyoiter Exhibition pays homage to Tokyo’s unique and vibrant culture, heritage, and artistic expression through reimagined faux magazine covers. A project by Andrew Joyce and David Robert, it draws inspiration from The New Yorker’s famed traditional cover art and The Parisianer. Through the lens of a community of illustration and drawing enthusiasts, unique narratives of Tokyo are presented for visitors to enjoy.

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    A weekend of retail therapy with your furbaby

    When: 27 & 28 January, 12pm to 7pm
    Where: Slate @ The Row, 44, Jalan Doraisamy, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur

    Admission: Free

    Mark your calendars and spend a January weekend with your furbaby (or actual babies) at the Sunny Side Up Market. Expect offerings like specially curated clothing and accessory labels, bags, homeware items, snacks, and other lifestyle items. And what is a pet-friendly market without pet toys, accessories, and, of course, treats for the furry ones? Now, isn’t that a fun way to spend your weekend?

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